July 12, 2012, Reading

The Book of the Prophet Hosea    11:1-4, 8-9

11:1 Just as the morning passes, so has the king of Israel passed by. For Israel was a child and I loved him; and out of Egypt I called my son.
11:2 They called them, and so they departed before their face. They offered victims to the Baals, and they sacrificed to graven images.
11:3 And I was like a foster father to Ephraim. I carried them in my arms. And they did not know that I healed them.
11:4 I will draw them with the cords of Adam, with the bands of love. And I will be to them like one who raises the yoke over their jaws. And I will reach down to him so that he may eat.
11:8 How will I provide for you, Ephraim; how will I protect you, Israel? How will I provide for you as for Adam; will I set you like Zeboiim? My heart has changed within me; together with my regret, it has been stirred up.
11:9 I will not act on the fury of my wrath. I will not turn back to utterly destroy Ephraim. For I am God, and not man, the Divine in your midst, and I will not advance upon the city.

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