1. When Israel was a child, I loved him,
          and out of Egypt I called my son.
  2. But the more I called them,
          the farther they departed from me.
    They sacrificed to the Ba’al idols
          and burned incense to images.
  3. Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk;
          I took them up by their arms,
    but they did not know that I healed them.
  4. I led them with cords of kindness,
          with the bands of love…
  5. My people are obsessed with turning away from me;
          they call to Ba’al, but he will never exalt them!
  6. How can I give you up, O Ephraim?
          How can I hand you over, O Israel?
    How can I make you like Admah?
          How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
    My heart recoils within me;
          my compassion grows warm and tender.
  7. I will not execute my burning anger;
          I will not again destroy Ephraim;
    for I am God and not a man—the Holy One in your midst,
          and I will not come in anger.
  8. They shall follow the LORD;
          he will roar like a lion;
    when he roars,
          his children shall come trembling from the west;
  9. they shall come trembling like birds from Egypt,
          and like doves from the land of Assyria,
    and I will return them to their homes,
          declares the LORD.

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