Hosea 11:1-11 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "When Israel was a child, I loved him as a son, and I called my son out of Egypt. 1 "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
2 But the more I called to him, the more he rebelled, offering sacrifices to the images of Baal and burning incense to idols. 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 It was I who taught Israel how to walk, leading him along by the hand. But he doesn't know or even care that it was I who took care of him. 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 I led Israel along with my ropes of kindness and love. I lifted the yoke from his neck, and I myself stooped 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 "But since my people refuse to return to me, they will go back to Egypt and will be forced to serve Assyria. 5 "Will they not return to Egypt and will not Assyria rule over them because they refuse to repent?
6 War will swirl through their cities; their enemies will crash through their gates and destroy them, trapping them in their own evil plans. 6 Swords will flash in their cities, will destroy the bars of their gates and put an end to their plans.
7 For my people are determined to desert me. They call me the Most High, but they don't truly honor me. 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 "Oh, how can I give you up, Israel? How can I let you go? How can I destroy you like Admah and Zeboiim? My heart is torn within me, and my compassion overflows. 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 No, I will not punish you as much as my burning anger tells me to. I will not completely destroy Israel, for I am God and not a mere mortal. I am the Holy One living among you, and I will not come to destroy. 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 "For someday the people will follow the LORD. I will roar like a lion, and my people will return trembling 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 a flock of birds, they will come from Egypt. Flying like doves, they will return from Assyria. And I will bring them home again," says the LORD. 11 They will come trembling like birds from Egypt, like doves from Assyria. I will settle them in their homes," declares the LORD.