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Hosea 11:1-3 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Israel Is Like a Bad Son

    “When Israel was a child, I loved him,
    and I called my son out of Egypt.
The more I called them,[a] the farther they went away.
    They sacrificed to other gods—the Baals,
        and they burned incense to idols.
I was the one who taught the people of Ephraim to walk.[b]
    I took them by the hand.
        But they didn’t realize that I had healed them.

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 11:2 Greek; Masoretic Text “The more they called them.”
  2. Hosea 11:3 Or “I was the one who guided Ephraim.”
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of God's Word Mission Society.

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