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God’s Continuing Love for Israel

11 “When Israel was a 1child, I loved him,

And out of Egypt aI called My bson.

2 2As they called them,

So they cwent 3from them;

They sacrificed to the Baals,

And burned incense to carved images.

3 “I dtaught Ephraim to walk,

Taking them by 4their arms;

But they did not know that eI healed them.

4 I drew them with 5gentle cords,

With bands of love,

And fI was to them as those who take the yoke from their 6neck.

gI stooped and fed them.

5 “He shall not return to the land of Egypt;

But the Assyrian shall be his king,

Because they refused to repent.

6 And the sword shall slash in his cities,

Devour his districts,

And consume them,

Because of their own counsels.

7 My people are bent on hbacksliding from Me.

Though 7they call 8to the Most High,

None at all exalt Him.

8 “How ican I give you up, Ephraim?

How can I hand you over, Israel?

How can I make you like jAdmah?

How can I set you like Zeboiim?

My heart 9churns within Me;

My sympathy is stirred.

9 I will not execute the fierceness of My anger;

I will not again destroy Ephraim.

kFor I am God, and not man,

The Holy One in your midst;

And I will not 1come with terror.

10 “They shall walk after the Lord.

lHe will roar like a lion.

When He roars,

Then His sons shall come trembling from the west;

11 They shall come trembling like a bird from Egypt,

mLike a dove from the land of Assyria.

nAnd I will let them dwell in their houses,”

Says the Lord.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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