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God’s Love for His People

11 When Israel was a child,
I loved him,
and I called
    my son out of Egypt.
But as the saying goes,
“The more they were called,
    the more they rebelled.”[a]
They never stopped offering
incense and sacrifices
    to the idols of Baal.

I took Israel by the arm
    and taught them to walk.
But they would not admit
that I was the one
    who had healed them.

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Footnotes

  1. 11.2 But. . . rebelled: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

God’s Love for Israel

11 “When Israel was a child,(A) I loved(B) him,
    and out of Egypt I called my son.(C)
But the more they were called,
    the more they went away from me.[a](D)
They sacrificed to the Baals(E)
    and they burned incense to images.(F)
It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
    taking them by the arms;(G)
but they did not realize
    it was I who healed(H) them.

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 11:2 Septuagint; Hebrew them

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