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Hosea 11:1-4Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

God’s Compassion Despite Israel’s Ingratitude

11 When Israel was a child, I loved him,
    and out of Egypt I called my son.
The more I[a] called them,
    the more they went from me;[b]
they kept sacrificing to the Ba′als,
    and burning incense to idols.

Yet it was I who taught E′phraim to walk,
    I took them up in my[c] arms;
    but they did not know that I healed them.
I led them with cords of compassion,[d]
    with the bands of love,
and I became to them as one
    who eases the yoke on their jaws,
    and I bent down to them and fed them.

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 11:2 Gk: Heb they
  2. Hosea 11:2 Gk: Heb them
  3. Hosea 11:3 Gk Syr Vg: Heb his
  4. Hosea 11:4 Heb man
Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

The Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1965, 1966 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Hosea 11:8-9Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

How can I give you up, O E′phraim!
    How can I hand you over, O Israel!
How can I make you like Admah!
    How can I treat you like Zeboi′im!
My heart recoils within me,
    my compassion grows warm and tender.
I will not execute my fierce anger,
    I will not again destroy E′phraim;
for I am God and not man,
    the Holy One in your midst,
    and I will not come to destroy.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 11:9 Cn: Heb into the city
Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

The Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1965, 1966 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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