God Yearns over His People

11 When Israel was a youth I loved him,
And (A)out of Egypt I (B)called My son.
The more [a](C)they called them,
The more they went from [b]them;
They kept (D)sacrificing to the Baals
And (E)burning incense to idols.
Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk,
[c]I (F)took them in My arms;
But they did not know that I (G)healed them.
I (H)led them with cords of a man, with bonds of love,
And (I)I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws;
And I bent down and (J)fed them.

[d]They will not return to the land of Egypt;
But Assyria—he will be [e]their king
Because they (K)refused to return to Me.
The (L)sword will whirl against [f]their cities,
And will demolish [g]their gate bars
And (M)consume them because of their (N)counsels.
So My people are bent on (O)turning from Me.
Though [h]they call [i]them to the One on high,
None at all exalts Him.

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  1. Hosea 11:2 I.e. God’s prophets
  2. Hosea 11:2 I.e. God’s prophets
  3. Hosea 11:3 So ancient versions; Heb He...His
  4. Hosea 11:5 Lit He
  5. Hosea 11:5 Lit his
  6. Hosea 11:6 Lit his
  7. Hosea 11:6 Lit his
  8. Hosea 11:7 I.e. God’s prophets
  9. Hosea 11:7 Lit him; i.e. Israel