1When Israel was a child I loved him, and I cal ed my son out of Egypt. 2But the more I cal ed, the further they went away from me; they offered sacrifice to Baal and burntincense to idols. 3I myself taught Ephraim to walk, I myself took them by the arm, but they did not know that I was theone caring for them, 4that I was leading them with human ties, with leading-strings of love, that, with them, I was likesomeone lifting an infant to his cheek, and that I bent down to feed him. 5He wil not have to go back to Egypt, Assyria wil be his king instead! Since he has refused to comeback to me, 6the sword wil rage through his cities, destroying the bars of his gates, devouring them because oftheir plots. 7My people are bent on disregarding me; if they are summoned to come up, not one of them makes amove. 8Ephraim, how could I part with you? Israel, how could I give you up? How could I make you likeAdmah or treat you like Zeboi m? My heart within me is overwhelmed, fever grips my inmost being. 9I wil not give rein to my fierce anger, I wil not destroy Ephraim again, for I am God, not man, the HolyOne in your midst, and I shall not come to you in anger. 10They wil fol ow Yahweh; he wil roar like a lion, and when he roars, his children will come flutteringfrom the west, 11fluttering like sparrows from Egypt, like pigeons from Assyria, and I shal settle them in their homes-declares Yahweh.
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