Hosea 11

The Lord's Love for Israel

1 "When Israel was a 1 child, I loved him,
And out of Egypt a I called My b son.
2 2 As they called them,
So they c went 3 from them;
They sacrificed to the Baals,
And burned incense to carved images.

3 "I d taught Ephraim to walk,
Taking them by 4 their arms;
But they did not know that e I healed them.
4 I drew them with 5 gentle cords,
With bands of love,
And f I was to them as those who take the yoke from their 6 neck.
g I stooped and fed them.

5 "He shall not return to the land of Egypt;
But the Assyrian shall be his king,
Because they refused to repent.
6 And the sword shall slash in his cities,
Devour his districts,
And consume them,
Because of their own counsels.
7 My people are bent on h backsliding from Me.
Though 7 they call 8 to the Most High, 8
None at all exalt Him.

8 "How i can I give you up, Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I make you like j Admah?
How can I set you like Zeboiim?
My heart 10 churns within Me;
My sympathy is stirred.
9 I will not execute the fierceness of My anger;
I will not again destroy Ephraim.
k For I am God, and not man,
The Holy One in your midst;
And I will not 11 come with terror.

10 "They shall walk after the LORD.
l He will roar like a lion.
When He roars,
Then His sons shall come trembling from the west;
11 They shall come trembling like a bird from Egypt,
m Like a dove from the land of Assyria.
n And I will let them dwell in their houses,"
Says the LORD.
12 " Ephraim has encircled Me with lies,
And the house of Israel with deceit;
But Judah still walks with God,
Even with the 12 Holy One 12 who is faithful.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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