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Hosea 11:1-4 (English Standard Version)

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The Lord's Love for Israel

1 1When Israel was a child, 2I loved him, and out of Egypt I 3called 4my son. 2 5The more they were called, the more they went away; 6they kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning offerings to idols. 3 Yet it was 7I who taught Ephraim to walk; I took them up by their arms, but they did not know that 8I healed them. 4 9I led them with cords of kindness,a with the bands of love, and 10I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws, and 11I bent down to them and fed them.
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