1When Israel [was] a youth I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.
2The more they called them, The more they went from them; They kept sacrificing to the Baals And burning incense to idols.
3Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them in My arms; But they did not know that I healed them.
4I led them with cords of a man, with bonds of love, And I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws; And I bent down [and] fed them.
5They will not return to the land of Egypt; But Assyria-- he will be their king Because they refused to return [to Me].
6The sword will whirl against their cities, And will demolish their gate bars And consume [them] because of their counsels.
7So My people are bent on turning from Me. Though they call them to [the One] on high, None at all exalts [Him].
8How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart is turned over within Me, All My compassions are kindled.
9I will not execute My fierce anger; I will not destroy Ephraim again. For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst, And I will not come in wrath.
10They will walk after the LORD, He will roar like a lion; Indeed He will roar And [His] sons will come trembling from the west.
11They will come trembling like birds from Egypt And like doves from the land of Assyria; And I will settle them in their houses, declares the LORD.
12Ephraim surrounds Me with lies And the house of Israel with deceit; Judah is also unruly against God, Even against the Holy One who is faithful.