The Holy Bible – Knox Translation
The Prophecy of Osee
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Chapter 11
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Soon fades the dawn; soon passes king of Israel.

Israel in his boyhood, what love I bore him! Away from Egypt I beckoned him, henceforth my son.✻

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They called them, the more they refused obedience; gods of the country-side must have their victims, dumb idols their incense!
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Yet it was I, none other, guided those first steps of theirs, and took them in my arms, and healed, all unobserved, their injuries.
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Sons of Adam, they should be drawn with leading-strings of love; never waggoner was at more pains to ease bridle on jaw, fed beast so carefully.

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Never again to Egypt; Assyria shall rule him now, the unrepentant;
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already the sword is let loose in those towns of his, the brave shall engulf, the wise shall devour.
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Can my people be reconciled with me? All hangs in doubt, until at last I put a yoke on all alike, never to be taken away from them.
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What, Ephraim, must I abandon thee? Must I keep Israel under watch and ward? Can I let thee go the way of Adama, share the doom of Seboim? All at once my heart misgives me, and from its embers pity revives.
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How should I wreak my vengeance, of Ephraim take full toll?

God am I, not a man in the midst of you, the Holy One, that may not enter those city walls;
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the Lord must lead, and man follow.

Loud he will call, like lion roaring, and at the sound of it, sons of his will come trembling from the distant sea;
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fluttering like sparrow or dove from Egypt, from the Assyrian country, and in their own home, the Lord says, I will give them rest.

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Ephraim so false, Israel so treacherous, all about me! But Juda governs his folk with God to aid him; Juda takes part with the holy ones, loyal yet.