Hosea 11:1-7 NIV

God's Love for Israel

1 "When Israel was a child,1 I loved2 him, and out of Egypt I called my son.3

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2 But the more Ia called Israel, the further they went from me.b4 They sacrificed to the Baals5 and they burned incense to images.6

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    • a 11:2 - Some Septuagint manuscripts; Hebrew "they"
    • b 11:2 - Septuagint; Hebrew "them"
      3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms;7 but they did not realize it was I who healed8 them.

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      4 I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love;9 I lifted the yoke10 from their neck and bent down to feed11 them.12

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      5 "Will they not return to Egypt13 and will not Assyria14 rule over them because they refuse to repent?15

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      6 Swords16 will flash in their cities, will destroy the bars17 of their gates and put an end to their plans.

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      7 My people are determined to turn18 from me.19 Even if they call to the Most High, he will by no means exalt them.

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