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.
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