"When Israel was a child,1 I loved2 him, and out of Egypt I called my son.32
But the more Ia called Israel, the further they went from me.b4 They sacrificed to the Baals5 and they burned incense to images.63
It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms;7 but they did not realize it was I who healed8 them.
I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love;9 I lifted the yoke10 from their neck and bent down to feed11 them.125
"Will they not return to Egypt13 and will not Assyria14 rule over them because they refuse to repent?156
Swords16 will flash in their cities, will destroy the bars17 of their gates and put an end to their plans.
My people are determined to turn18 from me.19 Even if they call to the Most High, he will by no means exalt them.