16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

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19 I am using an example from everyday life(A) because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness(B) leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin,(C) you were free from the control of righteousness.(D) 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!(E)

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Those who once ate delicacies
    are destitute in the streets.
Those brought up in royal purple(A)
    now lie on ash heaps.(B)

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Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
    no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge;(A)
    no one cares(B) for my life.

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He said:

“In my distress I called(A) to the Lord,(B)
    and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead(C) I called for help,
    and you listened to my cry.
You hurled me into the depths,(D)
    into the very heart of the seas,
    and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves(E) and breakers
    swept over me.(F)
I said, ‘I have been banished
    from your sight;(G)
yet I will look again
    toward your holy temple.’(H)
The engulfing waters threatened me,[a]
    the deep surrounded me;
    seaweed was wrapped around my head.(I)
To the roots of the mountains(J) I sank down;
    the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
    brought my life up from the pit.(K)

“When my life was ebbing away,
    I remembered(L) you, Lord,
and my prayer(M) rose to you,
    to your holy temple.(N)

“Those who cling to worthless idols(O)
    turn away from God’s love for them.

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Footnotes

  1. Jonah 2:5 Or waters were at my throat

12 [a]Ephraim(A) feeds on the wind;(B)
    he pursues the east wind all day
    and multiplies lies and violence.(C)
He makes a treaty with Assyria(D)
    and sends olive oil to Egypt.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 12:1 In Hebrew texts 12:1-14 is numbered 12:2-15.

“But you—come here, you children of a sorceress,(A)
    you offspring of adulterers(B) and prostitutes!(C)

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Why spend money on what is not bread,
    and your labor on what does not satisfy?(A)
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,(B)
    and you will delight in the richest(C) of fare.

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20 Such a person feeds on ashes;(A) a deluded(B) heart misleads him;
    he cannot save himself, or say,
    “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?(C)

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22 I was senseless(A) and ignorant;
    I was a brute beast(B) before you.

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