When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
The more I a called them, the more they went from me; b they kept sacrificing to the Baals, and offering incense to idols.
Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my c arms; but they did not know that I healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. d I bent down to them and fed them.
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