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Hosea 11

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 1 "When Israel was a child, I loved him and called my son out of Egypt.

 2 The more they [the prophets] called them, the more they went from them; they sacrificed to the Baals and burned incense to graven images.

 3 I taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by their arms, but they did not know that I healed them.

 4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love, and I was to them as one who takes the yoke off their neck, and I laid food to them.

 5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to repent.

 6 And the sword shall be against his cities, and shall consume the bars of his gates and devour them, because of their own counsels.

 7 My people are bent on backsliding from me; though they [the prophets] called them to the most High, none would exalt him.

 8 How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I make you as Admah? How can I set you as Zeboim? My heart is agitated within me; my compassion is stirred.

 9 I will not execute the fierceness of my anger, I will not destroy Ephraim again. For I am God and not man, the Holy One in the midst of you, and I will not come against the city.

 10 They shall walk after the LORD, he shall roar like a lion; when he roars, then his children shall come trembling from the west.

 11 They shall come trembling like a bird out of Egypt and like a dove out of the land of Assyria, and I will settle them in their houses," says the LORD.

 12 "Ephraim surrounds me with lies and the house of Israel with deceit, but Judah still rules with God, and is faithful with his holy ones."


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