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Hosea 11:1 ←
When Israel was a child he was dear to me; and I took my son out of Egypt.
Hosea 11:2 ←
When I sent for them, then they went away from me; they made offerings to the Baals, burning perfumes to images.
Hosea 11:3 ←
But I was guiding Ephraim's footsteps; I took them up in my arms, but they were not conscious that I was ready to make them well.
Hosea 11:4 ←
I made them come after me with the cords of a man, with the bands of love; I was to them as one who took the yoke from off their mouths, putting meat before them.
Hosea 11:5 ←
He will go back to the land of Egypt and the Assyrian will be his king, because they would not come back to me.
And the sword will go through his towns, wasting his children and causing destruction because of their evil designs.
Hosea 11:7 ←
My people are given up to sinning against me; though their voice goes up on high, no one will be lifting them up.
Hosea 11:8 ←
How may I give you up, O Ephraim? how may I be your saviour, O Israel? how may I make you like Admah? how may I do to you as I did to Zeboim? My heart is turned in me, it is soft with pity.
Hosea 11:9 ←
I will not put into effect the heat of my wrath; I will not again send destruction on Ephraim; for I am God and not man, the Holy One among you; I will not put an end to you.
Hosea 11:10 ←
They will go after the Lord; his cry will be like that of a lion; his cry will be loud, and the children will come from the west, shaking with fear;
Hosea 11:11 ←
Shaking with fear like a bird, they will come out of Egypt, like a dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will give them rest in their houses, says the Lord.
Hosea 11:12 ←
The deceit of Ephraim and the false words of Israel are about me on every side. ...