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Hosea: Chapter 11

The ingratitude of Israel to God for his benefits, 1-4. His judgment, 5-7. God's mercy toward them, 8-11. Israel's falsehood and Judah's fidelity, 12.

1 "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

2 As they called them, so they went from them. They sacrificed to Baalim and burned incense to engraved images.

3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms, but they did not know that I healed them.

4 I drew them with cords of a man, with ropes of love. And I was to them as those who take off the yoke from their jaws, and I laid food for 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 to the most High, no one at all would exalt him.

8 How shall I give you up, Ephraim? How shall I deliver you, Israel? How shall I make you as Admah? How shall I set you as Zeboim? My heart is turned within me. My repentings are kindled together.

9 I will not execute the fierceness of my anger. I will not return to destroy Ephraim, for I am God and not man, the Holy One in the midst of you, and I will not enter into the city.

10 They shall walk after the LORD. He shall roar like a lion. When he roars, 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," says the LORD.

12 Ephraim encompasses me with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit, but Judah yet rules with God and is faithful with the saints.