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Hosea Chapter 11 - New American Standard Bible

1. WHEN Israel was a youth I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.

2. The more [2] they called them, The more they went from [1] them; They kept sacrificing to the Baals And burning incense to idols.

3. Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk, [3] I took them in My arms; But they did not know that I healed them.

4. I led them with cords of a man, with bonds of love, And I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws; And I bent down and fed them.

5. [5] They will not return to the land of Egypt; But Assyria -- he will be [4] their king Because they refused to return to Me.

6. The sword will whirl against [7] their cities, And will demolish [6] their gate bars And consume them because of their counsels.

7. So My people are bent on turning from Me. Though [9] they call [8] them to the One on high, None at all exalts Him.

8. How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I [11] make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart is turned over within Me, [10] All My compassions are kindled.

9. I will not execute My fierce anger; I will not destroy Ephraim again. For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst, And I will not come in [12] wrath.

10. They will walk after the LORD, He will roar like a lion; Indeed He will roar And His sons will come trembling from the west.

11. They will come trembling like birds from Egypt And like doves from the land of Assyria; And I will settle them in their houses, declares the LORD.

12. [13] Ephraim surrounds Me with lies And the house of Israel with deceit; Judah is also unruly against God, Even against the Holy One who is faithful.

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Footnotes
  • 1: So ancient versions; Heb He... His
  • 2: Lit He
  • 3: Lit his
  • 4: Lit his
  • 5: I.e. God's prophets
  • 6: Lit him; i.e. Israel
  • 7: Lit give
  • 8: Lit Together
  • 9: Lit excitement
  • 10: Ch 12:1 in Heb
  • 11: Lit they make
  • 12: Lit memorial
  • 13: Or loyalty

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