11 “When Israel was a [a]child, I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son. 2 [b]As they called them, So they went [c]from them; They sacrificed to the Baals, And burned incense to carved images.
3 “I taught Ephraim to walk, Taking them by [d]their arms; But they did not know that I healed them. 4 I drew them with [e]gentle cords, With bands of love, And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their [f]neck. I stooped and fed them.
5 “He shall not return to the land of Egypt; But the Assyrian shall be his king, Because they refused to repent. 6 And the sword shall slash in his cities, Devour his districts, And consume them, Because of their own counsels. 7 My people are bent on backsliding from Me. Though [g]they call [h]to the Most High, None at all exalt Him.
8 “How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I set you like Zeboiim? My heart [i]churns within Me; My sympathy is stirred. 9 I will not execute the fierceness of My anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim. For I am God, and not man, The Holy One in your midst; And I will not [j]come with terror.
10 “They shall walk after the Lord. He will roar like a lion. When He roars, Then His sons shall come trembling from the west; 11 They shall come trembling like a bird from Egypt, Like a dove from the land of Assyria. And I will let them dwell in their houses,” Says the Lord.
God’s Charge Against Ephraim
12 “Ephraim has encircled Me with lies, And the house of Israel with deceit; But Judah still walks with God, Even with the [k]Holy One who is faithful.
Ephraim’s Sins Rebuked by God
12 “Ephraim feeds on the wind, And pursues the east wind; He daily increases lies and [l]desolation. Also they make a [m]covenant with the Assyrians, And oil is carried to Egypt.
2 “TheLord also brings a [n]charge against Judah, And will punish Jacob according to his ways; According to his deeds He will recompense him. 3 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, And in his strength he struggled with God. 4 Yes, he struggled with the Angel and prevailed; He wept, and sought favor from Him. He found Him inBethel, And there He spoke to us— 5 That is, the Lord God of hosts. The Lordis His memorable name. 6 So you, by the help of your God, return; Observe mercy and justice, And wait on your God continually.
7 “A cunning [o]Canaanite! Deceitful scales are in his hand; He loves to oppress. 8 And Ephraim said, ‘Surely I have become rich, I have found wealth for myself; In all my labors They shall find in me no iniquity that is sin.’
9 “But I am the Lord your God, Ever since the land of Egypt; I will again make you dwell in tents, As in the days of the appointed feast. 10 I have also spoken by the prophets, And have multiplied visions; I have given [p]symbols [q]through the witness of the prophets.”
11 Though Gilead has idols— Surely they are [r]vanity— Though they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal, Indeed their altars shall be heaps in the furrows of the field.
12 Jacob fled to the country of Syria; Israel served for a spouse, And for a wife he tended sheep. 13 By a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, And by a prophet he was preserved. 14 Ephraim provoked Him to anger most bitterly; Therefore his Lord will leave the guilt of his bloodshed upon him, And return his reproach upon him.
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