"When Isra'el was a child, I loved him; and out of Egypt I called my son.
But the more [the prophets] called them, the farther they went from them. They sacrificed to the ba'alim and offered incense to idols.
"Yet it was I who taught Efrayim to walk; I took them by their arms. But they did not know that it was I who was healing them,
who was guiding them on through human means with reins made of love. With them I was like someone removing the yoke from their jaws, and I bent down to feed them.