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