1 "When Israel was a child, I loved him, ¶ and out of Egypt I called my son.
2 But the more they were called, the more they went away from me. [^1] They sacrificed to the Baals ¶ and they burned incense to images.
3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; ¶ but they did not realize ¶ it was I who healed them.
4 I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. ¶ To them I was like one who lifts ¶ a little child to the cheek, ¶ and I bent down to feed them.
5 "Will they not return to Egypt ¶ and will not Assyria rule over them ¶ because they refuse to repent?
6 A sword will flash in their cities; it will devour their false prophets ¶ and put an end to their plans.
7 My people are determined to turn from me. Even though they call me God Most High, ¶ I will by no means exalt them.
8 "How can I give you up, Ephraim? ¶ How can I hand you over, Israel? ¶ How can I treat you like Admah? ¶ How can I make you like Zeboyim? ¶ My heart is changed within me; ¶ all my compassion is aroused.
9 I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I devastate Ephraim again. ¶ For I am God, and not a man — ¶ the Holy One among you. ¶ I will not come against their cities.
10 They will follow the LORD; he will roar like a lion. ¶ When he roars, ¶ his children will come trembling from the west.
11 They will come from Egypt, trembling like sparrows, ¶ from Assyria, fluttering like doves. ¶ I will settle them in their homes," ¶ declares the LORD.
12 Ephraim has surrounded me with lies, ¶ Israel with deceit. ¶ And Judah is unruly against God, ¶ even against the faithful Holy One. [^2]