God Yearns over His People

1 When Israel was a youth I loved him, And 1out of Egypt I 2called My son.
2 The more 3they called them, The more they went from them; They kept 4sacrificing to the Baals And 5burning incense to idols.
3 Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk, I 6took them in My arms; But they did not know that I 7healed them.
4 I 8led them with cords of a man, with bonds of love, And 9I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws; And I bent down and 10fed them.