"When Yisra'el was a child, then I loved him, And called my son out of Mitzrayim.
They called to them, so they went from them. They sacrificed to the Ba`alim, And burned incense to engraved images.
Yet I taught Efrayim to walk. I took them by his arms; But they didn't know that I healed them.
I drew them with cords of a man, with ties of love; And I was to them like those who lift up the yoke on their necks; And I bent down to him and I fed him.
They will not return into the land of Mitzrayim; But the Ashshur will be their king, Because they refused to repent.
The sword will fall on their cities, And will consume their gate bars, And will put an end to their plans.
My people are determined to turn from me. Though they call to Ha`Elyon, He certainly won't exalt them.
"How can I give you up, Efrayim? How can I hand you over, Yisra'el? How can I make you like Admah? How can I make you like Tzevoyim? My heart is turned within me, My compassion is aroused.
I will not execute the fierceness of my anger. I will not return to destroy Efrayim: For I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of you; And I will not come in wrath.
They will walk after the LORD, Who will roar like a lion; For he will roar, and the children will come trembling from the west.
They will come trembling like a bird out of Mitzrayim, And like a dove out of the land of Ashshur; And I will settle them in their houses," says the LORD.
Efrayim surrounds me with falsehood, And the house of Yisra'el with deceit; And Yehudah still us unruly with God, And is unfaithful to the Holy One.