Cruelty and Violence
- "After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight."
This may be the verse referred to in Luke 18:31-33 and 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. However, Hosea 6:2 refers to the people living at the time (hence "us") who
were to be torn up by God and therefore cannot be fulfilled by the the death and resurrection of Jesus.
- "The prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad." 9:7
- "When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt."
Matthew (2:15) claims that the flight of Jesus' family to Egypt is a fulfillment of this verse. But Hosea 11:1 is not a prophecy at all. It is a reference to the Hebrew exodus from Egypt and has nothing to do with Jesus. Matthew tries to hide this fact by quoting only the last part of the verse ("Out of Egypt I have called my son").