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11
The Lord’s Love for Israel
1When Israel was a child, I loved him, # Dt 4:37; 7:6-8; 10:14-15; Ps 78:68; Is 41:8; Am 3:2; Mal 1:2
and out of Egypt I called My son. # Ex 4:22-23; Dt 32:5-6,18-20; Ps 103:13; Jr 3:19; Hs 1:10; Mt 2:15
2The more they # Perhaps the prophets called them, # = Israel # 2Kg 17:13-15
the more they # = Israel departed from Me. # LXX; MT reads them
They kept sacrificing to the Baals # Hs 2:13; 4:13
and burning offerings to idols. # Is 65:7; Jr 18:15
3It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, # Hs 7:15
taking them # LXX, Syr, Vg; MT reads him in My arms, # Dt 1:31; 32:10-11
but they never knew that I healed them. # Ex 15:26
4I led them with human cords,
with ropes of love. # Jr 31:2-3
To them I was like one
who eases the yoke from their jaws; # Hs 10:11
I bent down to give them food. # Ex 16:32
5Israel will not return to the land of Egypt
and Assyria will be his king, # Hs 7:16; 8:13; 9:3; 10:6
because they refused to repent. # Hs 7:16
6A sword will whirl through his cities; # Hs 13:16
it will destroy and devour the bars of his gates, # Or devour his empty talkers, or devour his limbs ; Hb obscure # Lm 2:9
because of their schemes. # Hs 4:16-17
7My people are bent on turning from Me. # Jr 8:5
Though they call to Him on high,
He will not exalt them at all.
8How can I give you up, Ephraim? # Hs 6:4; 7:1
How can I surrender you, Israel?
How can I make you like Admah? # Gn 14:8; Dt 29:23
How can I treat you like Zeboiim? # Gn 14:2; 19:1-29; Dt 29:23
I have had a change of heart;
My compassion is stirred!
9I will not vent the full fury of My anger; # Dt 13:17
I will not turn back to destroy Ephraim. # Jr 26:3; 30:11
For I am God and not man,
the Holy One among you; # Is 5:24; 12:6; 41:14,16
I will not come in rage. # Or come into any city ; Hb obscure
10They will follow the Lord; # Hs 3:5; 6:1-3
He will roar like a lion. # Is 31:4; Jl 3:16; Am 1:2
When He roars,
His children will come trembling from the west. # Is 66:2-5
11They will be roused like birds from Egypt
and like doves # Is 60:8; Hs 7:11 from the land of Assyria. # Is 11:11
Then I will settle them in their homes. # Ezk 34:27-28
This is the Lord’s declaration.
12# Hs 12:1 in Hb Ephraim surrounds me with lies, # Hs 4:2; 7:3
the house of Israel, with deceit.
Judah still wanders with God
and is faithful to the holy ones. # Or to the Holy One ; Hb obscure # Possibly angels, or less likely, pagan gods or idols

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