"When Israel was a child, I loved him as a son, and I called my son out of Egypt.
But the more I a called to him, the more he rebelled, offering sacrifices to the images of Baal and burning incense to idols.
It was I who taught Israel b how to walk, leading him along by the hand. But he doesn't know or even care that it was I who took care of him.
I led Israel along with my ropes of kindness and love. I lifted the yoke from his neck, and I myself stooped to feed him.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)