Hosea 11

1˻The Lord said,˼”I loved Israel when he was a child, and I called my son out of Egypt. 2But the more I called the Israelites, the more the Israelites left me. The Israelites gave sacrifices to the Baals. They burned incense to the idols. 3“But it was I who taught Ephraim to walk! I took the Israelites in my arms! I healed them! But they don’t know that. 4I led them with ropes. But they were ropes of love. I was like a person who set them free. I bent down and fed them. 5“The Israelites refuse to turn back ˻to God˼. So they will go to Egypt! ˻The king of˼ Assyria will become their king. 6The sword will swing against their cities. It will kill their strong men. It will destroy their leaders. 7“My people expect me to come back. They will call to God above. But God will not help them.” 8“Ephraim, I don’t want to give you up. Israel, I want to protect you. I don’t want to make you like Admah! I don’t want to make you like Zeboiim! I am changing my mind. My love for you is too strong. 9I will not let my terrible anger win. I will not destroy Ephraim again. I am God, and not man. I am the Holy One, I am with you. I will not show my anger. 10I will roar like a lion. I will roar, and my children will come and follow me. My children will come from the west, shaking with fear. 11They will come from Egypt shaking like birds. They will come shaking like doves from the land of Assyria. And I will take them back home.” The Lord said that. 12Ephraim surrounded me with false gods. The people of Israel turned against me.˻And they were destroyed!˼ But Judah still walks with El. Judah is true to the holy ones.”

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