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The Holy Bible: King James Version. 2000.


Hosea 11

God Yearns for His Wayward People
1  When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt. Mt. 2.15
2  As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Ba’alim, and burned incense to graven images.
3  I taught E’phra-im also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them.
4  I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.
5  ¶ He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.
6  And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour them, because of their own counsels.
7  And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the Most High, none at all would exalt him.
8  ¶ How shall I give thee up, E’phra-im? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zebo’im? Deut. 29.23 mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together.
9  I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy E’phra-im: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.
10  ¶ They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west.
11  They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will place them in their houses, saith the LORD.
12  E’phra-im compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints.

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