11 “When Israel was a young child I loved him, and from Egypt I called my son. 2 The more I called out to them, the farther they fled from me;[a] they sacrificed to Baals,[b] burning incense to carved images. 3 Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, supporting them by their arms, but they never knew that I was healing them. 4 I guided them with human kindness, with loving reins. I acted toward them like one who removes a yoke from their neck; I bent down and fed them.
5 “They will not return to the land of Egypt; instead, the Assyrian will be their king, because they kept refusing to repent. 6 The sword will fall on their cities, consuming and devouring their fortified gates,[c] despite their planning. 7 My people are determined to turn away from me; though they call to the Most High, no one is worshiping.
8 “How can I give up on you, Ephraim? I will deliver you, will I not, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? I can’t make you like Zeboim,[d] can I? My heart stirs within me; my compassion also fans into flame! 9 I will not act in my anger; I will not return to destroy Ephraim, For I am God, and not a human— the Holy One among you— so I will not enter the city in anger.[e] 10 They will go after the Lord, who will roar like a lion; and when he roars, the children will come trembling from the west. 11 Trembling like a bird, they will come out of Egypt, and as a dove from the land of Assyria; and I will settle them in their houses,” declares the Lord.
12 [f]“Ephraim surrounds me with lies, and the house of Israel surrounds me[g] with deceit, But Judah still rules with God, and remains faithful, along with the godly ones.”
Hosea 11:2So LXX. MT reads They called to them, so they went away from them.
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