11 When Israel was a youth I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son. 2 The more [a]they called them, The more they went from [b]them; They kept sacrificing to the Baals And burning incense to idols. 3 Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk, [c]I took them in My arms; But they did not know that I healed them. 4 I 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 andfed them.
5 [d]They will not return to the land of Egypt; But Assyria—he will be [e]their king Because they refused to return to Me. 6 The sword will whirl against [f]their cities, And will demolish [g]their gate bars And consume them because of their counsels. 7 So My people are bent on turning from Me. Though [h]they call [i]them to the One on high, None at all exalts Him.
8 How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I [j]make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart is turned over within Me, [k]All My compassions are kindled. 9 I 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 [l]wrath. 10 They will walk after the Lord, He will roar like a lion; Indeed He will roar And His sons will come trembling from the west. 11 They 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.
12 [m]Ephraim 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.
12 [n]Ephraim feeds on wind, And pursues the east wind continually; He multiplies lies and violence. Moreover, [o]he makes a covenant with Assyria, And oil is carried to Egypt.
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