11 “When Israel was a ·child [youth], I loved him, and I called my son out of Egypt [C the Exodus; Ex. 4:22; Matt. 2:15]. 2 But when I called ·the people of Israel [L them], they went away from me. They offered sacrifices to the Baals and burned incense to ·the idols [images]. 3 It was I who taught ·Israel [L Ephraim; 4:17] to walk, and I took them by the arms, but they did not ·understand [or acknowledge] that I had healed them. 4 I led them with cords of ·human kindness [humanity; or leather], with ropes of love. I lifted ·the yoke from their neck [or them like a little child to my cheek] and bent down and fed them.
5 “·The Israelites will become captives again, as they were in [or Will they not return to…? or They will not return to] Egypt, and ·Assyria will [or will not Assyria…?] become their king, because they refuse to turn back to God. 6 ·War will sweep through [L A sword will slash/flash in] their cities and will destroy ·them [their gates; or their priests] and ·kill [devour] them because of their ·wicked plans [counsels]. 7 My people ·have made up their minds [are determined] to ·turn away [desert; backslide] from me. ·The prophets call them to turn to me [or They call me Most High; or They call to Baal], but ·none of them honors me at all [or I will not exalt them; or he will never exalt them]. 8 “·Israel [L Ephraim; 4:17], how can I give you up? How can I ·give you away [hand you over], Israel? ·I don’t want to [L How can I…?] make you like Admah or treat you like Zeboiim [C two cities destroyed together with Sodom and Gomorrah; Gen. 19:24–25; Deut. 4:25–31]. My heart ·beats for you [or has changed within me; or is torn within me], and my ·love for you stirs up my pity [compassion is aroused/stirred up/kindled]. 9 I won’t ·punish you in my [unleash my burning] anger, and I won’t destroy ·Israel [L Ephraim; 4:17] again. I am God and not a human; I am the Holy One, and I am among you. I will not come against ·you in anger [you with terror; or your cities]. 10 They will ·go after [follow] the Lord, and he will roar like a lion. When he roars, his children will ·hurry [L come trembling] to him from the west [C God’s people would return not only from Babylon and Assyria in the east but from every direction]. 11 They will come ·swiftly [or trembling] like birds from Egypt and like doves from Assyria. I will settle them again in their homes,” says the Lord.
The Lord Is Against Israel
12 ·Israel [L Ephraim; 4:17] has surrounded me with lies; the ·people have made [L house of Israel with] evil plans. ·And [or But] Judah ·turns against [or roams away from; or still walks with] God, ·the faithful [or and is faithful to the] Holy One.
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