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Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
    I took them up in my[a] arms;
    but they did not know that I healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness,
    with bands of love.
I was to them like those
    who lift infants to their cheeks.[b]
    I bent down to them and fed them.

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  1. Hosea 11:3 Gk Syr Vg: Heb his
  2. Hosea 11:4 Or who ease the yoke on their jaws