It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms;1 but they did not realize it was I who healed2 them.
I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love;3 I lifted the yoke4 from their neck and bent down to feed5 them.65
"Will they not return to Egypt7 and will not Assyria8 rule over them because they refuse to repent?96
Swords10 will flash in their cities, will destroy the bars11 of their gates and put an end to their plans.
My people are determined to turn12 from me.13 Even if they call to the Most High, he will by no means exalt them.
"How can I give you up,14 Ephraim?15 How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboiim?16 My heart is changed within me; all my compassion17 is aroused.189
I will not carry out my fierce anger,19 nor will I turn and devastate20 Ephraim. For I am God, and not man21-- the Holy One22 among you. I will not come in wrath.a10
They will follow the LORD; he will roar23 like a lion.24 When he roars, his children will come trembling25 from the west.2611
They will come trembling like birds from Egypt, like doves27 from Assyria.28 I will settle them in their homes,"29 declares the LORD.