When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.2
As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.3
I taughtEphraim also to go , taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them.
I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take offa the yoke on their jaws, and I laidmeat unto them.
He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return .
And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour them, because of their own counsels.7
And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him.
How shall I give thee up , Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindledtogether.9
I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroyEphraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.10
They shall walkafter the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar , then the children shall tremble from the west.11
They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will place them in their houses,saith the LORD.12Ephraimcompasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints.b