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Hosea 11:1-7 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Lord’s Love for Israel

11 When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called My son.
The more they[a] called them,[b]
the more they[c] departed from Me.[d]
They kept sacrificing to the Baals
and burning offerings to idols.
It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
taking them[e] in My arms,
but they never knew that I healed them.
I led them with human cords,
with ropes of love.
To them I was like one
who eases the yoke from their jaws;
I bent down to give them food.
Israel will not return to the land of Egypt
and Assyria will be his king,
because they refused to repent.
A sword will whirl through his cities;
it will destroy and devour the bars of his gates,[f]
because of their schemes.
My people are bent on turning from Me.
Though they call to Him on high,
He will not exalt them at all.

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 11:2 Perhaps the prophets
  2. Hosea 11:2 = Israel
  3. Hosea 11:2 = Israel
  4. Hosea 11:2 LXX; MT reads them
  5. Hosea 11:3 LXX, Syr, Vg; MT reads him
  6. Hosea 11:6 Or devour his empty talkers, or devour his limbs; Hb obscure

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