The Lord appeared to us in the past,[a] saying:

“I have loved(A) you with an everlasting love;
    I have drawn(B) you with unfailing kindness.

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  1. Jeremiah 31:3 Or Lord has appeared to us from afar

It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
    taking them by the arms;(A)
but they did not realize
    it was I who healed(B) them.

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I led them with cords of human kindness,
    with ties of love.(A)
To them I was like one who lifts
    a little child to the cheek,
    and I bent down to feed(B) them.(C)

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