The Lord's Love for Israel

1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son.a
2 [The more] theyb called them,c [the more] theyd departed from Me.e They kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning offerings to idols.
3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking themf in My arms, but they never knew that I healed them.g
4 I led them with human cords, with ropes of kindness. To them I was like one who eases the yoke from their jaws;h I bent down to give them food.