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Hosea 11

Out of Egypt I Called My Son
(Matthew 2:13–15)

1 When Israel was a child, I loved him,

and out of Egypt I called My son. a 

2 But the more I called Israel,

the farther they departed from Me. b 

They sacrificed to the Baals

and burned incense to carved images.

3 It was I who taught Ephraim c to walk,

taking them in My arms,

but they never realized

that it was I who healed them.

4 I led them with cords of kindness,

with ropes of love;

I lifted the yoke from their necks

and bent down to feed them.

5 Will they not return to the land of Egypt

and be ruled by Assyria

because they refused to repent?

6 A sword will flash through their cities;

it will destroy the bars of their gates

and consume them in their own plans.

7 My people are bent on turning from Me.

Though they call to the Most High,

He will by no means exalt them.

God’s Love for Israel

8 How could I give you up, O Ephraim?

How could I surrender you, O Israel?

How could I make you like Admah?

How could I treat you like Zeboiim?

My heart is turned within Me;

My compassion is stirred!

9 I will not execute the full fury of My anger;

I will not turn back to destroy Ephraim.

For I am God and not man—

the Holy One among you—

and I will not come in wrath.

10 They will walk after the LORD;

He will roar like a lion.

When He roars,

His children will come trembling from the west.

11 They will come trembling like birds from Egypt

and like doves from the land of Assyria.

Then I will settle them in their homes,

declares the LORD.

12 Ephraim surrounds Me with lies,

the house of Israel with deceit;

but Judah still walks with God

and is faithful to the Holy One. d 

 

Footnotes:

1 a Cited in Matthew 2:15
2 b LXX; Hebrew The more they called them, the more they went from them.
3 c That is, the northern kingdom of Israel; also in verses 8, 9, and 12
12 d Or and Judah is unruly against God, the faithful Holy One

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