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Hosea 11:1-4 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.