17 Since my youth, God, you have taught(A) me,
    and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.(B)

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“Do not be afraid;(A) you will not be put to shame.(B)
    Do not fear disgrace;(C) you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth(D)
    and remember no more the reproach(E) of your widowhood.(F)

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Have you not just called to me:
    ‘My Father,(A) my friend from my youth,(B)

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“‘Later I passed by, and when I looked at you and saw that you were old enough for love, I spread the corner of my garment(A) over you and covered your naked body. I gave you my solemn oath and entered into a covenant(B) with you, declares the Sovereign Lord, and you became mine.(C)

“‘I bathed you with water and washed(D) the blood from you and put ointments on you. 10 I clothed you with an embroidered(E) dress and put sandals of fine leather on you. I dressed you in fine linen(F) and covered you with costly garments.(G) 11 I adorned you with jewelry:(H) I put bracelets(I) on your arms and a necklace(J) around your neck, 12 and I put a ring on your nose,(K) earrings(L) on your ears and a beautiful crown(M) on your head.(N) 13 So you were adorned with gold and silver; your clothes(O) were of fine linen and costly fabric and embroidered cloth. Your food was honey, olive oil(P) and the finest flour. You became very beautiful and rose to be a queen.(Q) 14 And your fame(R) spread among the nations on account of your beauty,(S) because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign Lord.(T)

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60 Yet I will remember the covenant(A) I made with you in the days of your youth,(B) and I will establish an everlasting covenant(C) with you.

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15 There I will give her back her vineyards,
    and will make the Valley of Achor[a](A) a door of hope.
There she will respond[b](B) as in the days of her youth,(C)
    as in the day she came up out of Egypt.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 2:15 Achor means trouble.
  2. Hosea 2:15 Or sing

God’s Love for Israel

11 “When Israel was a child,(A) I loved(B) him,
    and out of Egypt I called my son.(C)

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Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.(A)

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