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)

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  1. Hosea 11:2 Septuagint; Hebrew them

My people are determined to turn(A) from me.(B)
    Even though they call me God Most High,
    I will by no means exalt them.

“How can I give you up,(C) Ephraim?(D)
    How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I treat you like Admah?
    How can I make you like Zeboyim?(E)
My heart is changed within me;
    all my compassion(F) is aroused.(G)
I will not carry out my fierce anger,(H)
    nor will I devastate(I) Ephraim again.
For I am God, and not a man(J)
    the Holy One(K) among you.
    I will not come against their cities.
10 They will follow the Lord;
    he will roar(L) like a lion.(M)
When he roars,
    his children will come trembling(N) from the west.(O)

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