The Lord’s Love for Israel
1When Israel was a child, I loved him, #Dt 4:377:6-810:14-15Ps 78:68Is 41:8Am 3:2Mal 1:2
and out of Egypt I called My son. #Ex 4:22-23Dt 32:5-6Ps 103:13Jr 3:19Hs 1:10Mt 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|NoBook| 4:13
and burning offerings to idols. #Is 65:7Jr 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 1:3132:10-11
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|NoBook| 8:13|NoBook| 9:3|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 7:1
How can I surrender you, Israel?
How can I make you like Admah? #Gn 14:8Dt 29:23
How can I treat you like Zeboiim? #Gn 14:219:1-29Dt 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|NoBook| 30:11
For I am God and not man,
the Holy One among you; #Is 5:24|NoBook| 12:6|NoBook| 41:14
I will not come in rage. # Or come into any city ; Hb obscure
10They will follow the Lord; #Hs 3:56:1-3
He will roar like a lion. #Is 31:4Jl 3:16Am 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 60:8Hs 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|NoBook| 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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