11 “When Israel was a child, I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son. 2 As they called them,[a] So they went from them;[b] They sacrificed to the Baals, And burned incense to carved images.
3 “I taught Ephraim to walk, Taking them by their arms;[c] But they did not know that I healed them. 4 I drew them with gentle cords,[d] With bands of love, And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck.[e] I stooped and fed them.
5 “He shall not return to the land of Egypt; But the Assyrian shall be his king, Because they refused to repent. 6 And the sword shall slash in his cities, Devour his districts, And consume them, Because of their own counsels. 7 My people are bent on backsliding from Me. Though they call to the Most High,[f] None at all exalt Him.
8 “How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I set you like Zeboiim? My heart churns within Me; My sympathy is stirred. 9 I will not execute the fierceness of My anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim. For I am God, and not man, The Holy One in your midst; And I will not come with terror.[g]
10 “They shall walk after the Lord. He will roar like a lion. When He roars, Then His sons shall come trembling from the west; 11 They shall come trembling like a bird from Egypt, Like a dove from the land of Assyria. And I will let them dwell in their houses,” Says the Lord.
God’s Charge Against Ephraim
12 “Ephraim has encircled Me with lies, And the house of Israel with deceit; But Judah still walks with God, Even with the Holy One[h]who is faithful.
Hosea 11:2Following Masoretic Text and Vulgate; Septuagint reads Just as I called them; Targum interprets as I sent prophets to a thousand of them.
Hosea 11:2Following Masoretic Text, Targum, and Vulgate; Septuagint reads from My face.
Hosea 11:3Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read My arms.
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