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See God’s weeping heart. He longed to redeem them, but they were not willing. Later, Jesus cried for Jerusalem (Mt 23:37).

BibleGateway: Hosea 7:11-15

ESV Text: Hosea 7:11-15

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:27 and ends at about 2:16

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11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria. 12 When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard. 13 Woe unto them! for they have fled from me: destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me. 14 And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds: they assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rebel against me. 15 Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 61:
Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People

— Organ Audio

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1. Comfort, comfort, ye My people, 
Speak ye peace, thus saith our God; 
Comfort those who sit in darkness, 
Mourning ‘neath their sorrows’ load. 
Speak ye to Jerusalem 
Of the peace that waits for them; 
Tell her that her sins I cover 
And her warfare now is over. 

2. Yea, her sins our God will pardon, 
Blotting out each dark misdeed; 
All that well deserved His anger 
He no more will see or heed. 
She hath suffered many a day, 
Now her griefs have passed away; 
God will change her pining sadness 
Into ever-springing gladness. 

3. Hark, the Herald’s voice is crying 
In the desert far and near, 
Bidding all men to repentance 
Since the Kingdom now is here. 
Oh, that warning cry obey! 
Now prepare for God a way; 
Let the valleys rise to meet Him 
And the hills bow down to greet Him. 

4. Make ye straight what long was crooked, 
Make the rougher places plain; 
Let your hearts be true and humble, 
As befits His holy reign. 
For the glory of the Lord 
Now o’er earth is shed abroad, 
And all flesh shall see the token 
That His Word is never broken.