Hosea 11

God Yearns over His People

1When Israel was a youth I loved him,
And a  out of Egypt I b  called My son.
2The more
I.e. God’s prophets
,
d  they called them,
The more they went from
I.e. God’s prophets
them;
They kept f  sacrificing to the Baals
And g  burning incense to idols.
3Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk,
So ancient versions; Heb He...His
I i  took them in My arms;
But they did not know that I j  healed them.
4I k  led them with cords of a man, with bonds of love,
And l  I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws;
And I bent down and m  fed them.

5
Lit He
They will not return to the land of Egypt;
But Assyria— he will be
Lit his
their king
Because they p  refused to return to Me.
6The q  sword will whirl against
Lit his
their cities,
And will demolish
Lit his
their gate bars
And t  consume them because of their u  counsels.
7So My people are bent on v  turning from Me.
Though
I.e. God’s prophets
they call
Lit him; i.e. Israel
them to the One on high,
None at all exalts Him.

8 y  How can I give you up, O Ephraim?
How can I surrender you, O Israel?
How can I
Lit give
make you like aa  Admah?
How can I treat you like ab  Zeboiim?
My heart is turned over within Me,
Lit Together
All My compassions are kindled.
9I will ad  not execute My fierce anger;
I will not destroy Ephraim ae  again.
For af  I am God and not man, the ag  Holy One in your midst,
And I will not come in
Lit excitement
wrath.
10They will ai  walk after the  Lord,
He will aj  roar like a lion;
Indeed He will roar
And His sons will come ak  trembling from the west.
11They will come trembling like birds from al  Egypt
And like am  doves from the land of an  Assyria;
And I will ao  settle them in their houses, declares the  Lord.

12
Ch 12:1 in Heb
Ephraim surrounds Me with aq  lies
And the house of Israel with deceit;
Judah is also unruly against God,
Even against the Holy One who is faithful.

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