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1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.
2 As they called them, So they went from them; To the Baals they sacrificed, And to the idols they burned incense.
3 And it was I who taught Ephraim to walk (He took them in His arms), But they did not know that I healed them.
4 I drew them with cords of a man, With bands of love; And I was to them like those Who lift off the yoke on their jaws; And I gently caused them to eat.
5 They will not return to the land of Egypt, But the Assyrian will be their king, For they refused to return to Me.
6 And the sword will whirl about in their cities And will consume their bars, And it will devour them because of their own counsels.
7 Indeed My people are bent upon turning away from Me; Though they call them to Him who is on high, None at all exalts Him.
8 How shall I give you up, O Ephraim? How shall I deliver you up, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboim? My heart is turned within Me; All My compassions have warmed.
9 I will not execute the fierceness of My anger; I will not return to destroy Ephraim; For I am God and not man, The Holy One in the midst of you, And I will not come in wrath.
10 They will walk after Jehovah; He will roar like a lion. For He will roar, And the children will come trembling from the west.
11 They will come trembling like a bird from Egypt And like a dove from the land of Assyria. And I will cause them to dwell in their houses, Declares Jehovah.
12 Ephraim encompasses Me with lies, And the house of Israel, with deceit; And Judah is yet unsteadfast with God And with the Holy One, the Faithful One.