God's Love for His People 11 1When Israel was a child, I loved him, and I called my son out of Egypt. 2But as the saying goes, “The more they were called, the more they rebelled.”[Q] They never stopped offering incense and sacrifices to the idols of Baal.   3I took Israel by the arm and taught them to walk. But they would not admit that I was the one who had healed them. 4I led them with kindness and with love, not with ropes. I held them close to me;[R] I bent down to feed them.   5But they rejected me, and so must return to Egypt; now Assyria will rule them. 6War will visit their cities, and their plans will fail.[S] 7My people are determined to reject me for a god they think is stronger, but he can't help.[T]   8 Israel, I can't let you go. I can't give you up. How could I possibly destroy you as I did the towns of Admah and Zeboiim?[U] I just can't do it. My feelings for you are much too strong. 9Israel, I won't lose my temper and destroy you again. I am the Holy God— not merely some human, and I won't stay angry.   10I, the LORD, will roar like a lion, and my children will return, trembling from the west. 11They will come back, fluttering like birds from Egypt or like doves from Assyria. Then I will bring them back to their homes. I, the LORD, have spoken! Israel and Judah Compared 12Israel is deceitful to me, their loyal and holy God; they surround me with lies, and Judah worships other gods.[V]
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