9 I will not act on My wrath, Will not turn to destroy Efraim. For I am Hashem, not man, The Holy One in your midst: I will not come in fury.
LO e-e-SEH kha-RON a-PEE LO a-SHUV l’-sha-KHAYT ef-RA-yim KEE AYL a-no-KHEE v’-lo EESH b’-kir-b’-KHA ka-DOSH v’-LO a-VO b’-EER
ט לֹא אֶעֱשֶׂה חֲרוֹן אַפִּי לֹא אָשׁוּב לְשַׁחֵת אֶפְרָיִם כִּי אֵל אָנֹכִי וְלֹא־אִישׁ בְּקִרְבְּךָ קָדוֹשׁ וְלֹא אָבוֹא בְּעִיר׃
11:9 I will not act on My wrath
Hoshea compares Israel to a son that Hashem lovingly carried in His arms, healed when sick, and taught to walk (verse 3). Therefore, as an expression of His love, Hashem states that He will not express the fullness of His anger at Israel’s rebellion, for He is not like man. Rashi explains that unlike man, God never regrets any good that He performs or promises to carry out. Therefore, despite their rebellion, He will not go back on His promise of an eternal bond with the Children of Israel, nor His promise of redemption. Instead, He will call out to them with a roar like that of a lion, which will be heard in all the places of their exile. They will return to Him like a bird that returns to its nest, and He will ultimately “settle them in their homes” (verse 11) when He brings them back to the Land of Israel.