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Hosea 11:1-3 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

God’s Love for His People

11 When Israel was a child,
I loved him,
and I called
    my son out of Egypt.
But as the saying goes,
“The more they were called,
    the more they rebelled.”[a]
They never stopped offering
incense and sacrifices
    to the idols of Baal.

I took Israel by the arm
    and taught them to walk.
But they would not admit
that I was the one
    who had healed them.


  1. 11.2 But. . . rebelled: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

Hosea 11:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

God’s Love for Israel

11 “When Israel was a child, I loved him,
    and out of Egypt I called my son.
But the more they were called,
    the more they went away from me.[a]
They sacrificed to the Baals
    and they burned incense to images.
It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
    taking them by the arms;
but they did not realize
    it was I who healed them.


  1. Hosea 11:2 Septuagint; Hebrew them
New International Version (NIV)

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