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Hosea 11 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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God’s Continuing Love for Israel
God’s Love for Faithless Israel
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 11:1 - “When Israel was a child, I loved him,
And out of Egypt I called My son.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 11:2 - As they called them,[fn]
So they went from them;[fn]
They sacrificed to the Baals,
And burned incense to carved images.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 11:3 - “I taught Ephraim to walk,
Taking them by their arms;[fn]
But they did not know that I healed them.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 11:4 - I drew them with gentle cords,[fn]
With bands of love,
And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck.[fn]
I stooped and fed them.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 11:5 - “He shall not return to the land of Egypt;
But the Assyrian shall be his king,
Because they refused to repent.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 11:6 - And the sword shall slash in his cities,
Devour his districts,
And consume them,
Because of their own counsels.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 11:7 - My people are bent on backsliding from Me.
Though they call to the Most High,[fn]
None at all exalt Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 11:8 - “How can I give you up, Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I set you like Zeboiim?
My heart churns within Me;
My sympathy is stirred.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 11:9 - I will not execute the fierceness of My anger;
I will not again destroy Ephraim.
For I am God, and not man,
The Holy One in your midst;
And I will not come with terror.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 11:10 - “They shall walk after the LORD.
He will roar like a lion.
When He roars,
Then His sons shall come trembling from the west;
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 11:11 - They shall come trembling like a bird from Egypt,
Like a dove from the land of Assyria.
And I will let them dwell in their houses,”
Says the LORD.
God’s Charge Against Ephraim
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 11:12 - “Ephraim has encircled Me with lies,
And the house of Israel with deceit;
But Judah still walks with God,
Even with the Holy One[fn] who is faithful.
NKJV Footnotes
Following Masoretic Text and Vulgate; Septuagint reads Just as I called them; Targum interprets as I sent prophets to a thousand of them.
Following Masoretic Text, Targum, and Vulgate; Septuagint reads from My face.
Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read My arms.
Literally cords of a man
Literally jaws
Or upward
Or I will not enter a city
Or holy ones

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