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Hosea 11 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "When Israel was only a child, I loved him. I called out, 'My son!' - called him out of Egypt. 1 "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
2 But when others called him, he ran off and left me. He worshiped the popular sex gods, he played at religion with toy gods. 2 But the more I called Israel, the further they went from me. They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images.
3 Still, I stuck with him. I led Ephraim. I rescued him from human bondage, But he never acknowledged my help, 3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them.
4 never admitted that I was the one pulling his wagon, That I lifted him, like a baby, to my cheek, that I bent down to feed him. 4 I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them.
5 Now he wants to go back to Egypt or go over to Assyria - anything but return to me! 5 "Will they not return to Egypt and will not Assyria rule over them because they refuse to repent?
6 That's why his cities are unsafe - the murder rate skyrockets and every plan to improve things falls to pieces. 6 Swords will flash in their cities, will destroy the bars of their gates and put an end to their plans.
7 My people are hell-bent on leaving me. They pray to god Baal for help. He doesn't lift a finger to help them. 7 My people are determined to turn from me. Even if they call to the Most High, he will by no means exalt them.
8 But how can I give up on you, Ephraim? How can I turn you loose, Israel? How can I leave you to be ruined like Admah, devastated like luckless Zeboim? I can't bear to even think such thoughts. My insides churn in protest. 8 "How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboiim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused.
9 And so I'm not going to act on my anger. I'm not going to destroy Ephraim. And why? Because I am God and not a human. I'm The Holy One and I'm here - in your very midst. 9 I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim. For I am God, and not man-- the Holy One among you. I will not come in wrath.
10 "The people will end up following God. I will roar like a lion - Oh, how I'll roar! My frightened children will come running from the west. 10 They will follow the LORD; he will roar like a lion. When he roars, his children will come trembling from the west.
11 Like frightened birds they'll come from Egypt, from Assyria like scared doves. I'll move them back into their homes." God's Word! Soul-Destroying Lies 11 They will come trembling like birds from Egypt, like doves from Assyria. I will settle them in their homes," declares the LORD.
12 Ephraim tells lies right and left. Not a word of Israel can be trusted. Judah, meanwhile, is no better, addicted to cheap gods. 12 Ephraim has surrounded me with lies, the house of Israel with deceit. And Judah is unruly against God, even against the faithful Holy One.