Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition
God’s Compassion Despite Israel’s Ingratitude
3 Yet it was I who taught E′phraim to walk,
I took them up in my[c] arms;
but they did not know that I healed them.
4 I led them with cords of compassion,[d]
with the bands of love,
and I became to them as one
who eases the yoke on their jaws,
and I bent down to them and fed them.
5 They shall return to the land of Egypt,
and Assyria shall be their king,
because they have refused to return to me.
6 The sword shall rage against their cities,
consume the bars of their gates,
and devour them in their fortresses.[e]
7 My people are bent on turning away from me;[f]
so they are appointed to the yoke,
and none shall remove it.
8 How can I give you up, O E′phraim!
How can I hand you over, O Israel!
How can I make you like Admah!
How can I treat you like Zeboi′im!
My heart recoils within me,
my compassion grows warm and tender.
9 I will not execute my fierce anger,
I will not again destroy E′phraim;
for I am God and not man,
the Holy One in your midst,
and I will not come to destroy.[g]
10 They shall go after the Lord,
he will roar like a lion;
yea, he will roar,
and his sons shall come trembling from the west;
11 they shall come trembling like birds from Egypt,
and like doves from the land of Assyria;
and I will return them to their homes, says the Lord.
12 [h] E′phraim has encompassed me with lies,
and the house of Israel with deceit;
but Judah is still known by[i] God,
and is faithful to the Holy One.