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

 
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1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. 1 "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
2 The more I called them, the more they went from me; they kept sacrificing to the Ba'als, 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 Yet it was I who taught E'phraim to walk, I took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them. 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 them with cords of compassion, with the bands of love, and I became to them as one, who eases the yoke on their jaws, and I bent down to them and fed them. 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 They shall return to the land of Egypt, and Assyria shall be their king, because they have refused to return to me. 5 "Will they not return to Egypt and will not Assyria rule over them because they refuse to repent?
6 The sword shall rage against their cities, consume the bars of their gates, and devour them in their fortresses. 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 bent on turning away from me; so they are appointed to the yoke, and none shall remove it. 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 How can I give you up, O E'phraim! How can I hand you over, O Israel! How can I make you like Admah! How can I treat you like Zeboi'im! My heart recoils within me, my compassion grows warm and tender. 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 I will not execute my fierce anger, I will not again destroy E'phraim; for I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst, 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 They shall go after the LORD, he will roar like a lion; yea, he will roar, and his sons shall come 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 they shall come trembling like birds from Egypt, and like doves from the land of Assyria; and I will return them to their homes, 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.