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.
5 They will not return to the land of Egypt; But Assyria -he will be their king Because they 11refused to return to Me.
6 The 12sword will whirl against their cities, And will demolish their gate bars And 13consume them because of their 14counsels.
7 So My people are bent on 15turning from Me. Though they call them to the One on high, None at all exalts Him.
8 16How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I make you like 17Admah? How can I treat you like 18Zeboiim? My heart is turned over within Me, All My compassions are kindled.
9 I will 19not execute My fierce anger; I will not destroy Ephraim 20again. For 21I am God and not man, the 22Holy One in your midst, And I will not come in wrath.
10 They will 23walk after the LORD, He will 24roar like a lion; Indeed He will roar And His sons will come 25trembling from the west.
11 They will come trembling like birds from 26Egypt And like 27doves from the land of 28Assyria; And I will 29settle them in their houses, declares the LORD.
12 Ephraim surrounds Me with 30lies And the house of Israel with deceit; Judah is also unruly against God, Even against the Holy One who is faithful.