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