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1"When Israel was a young child I loved him, and from Egypt I called my son.
2The more I called out to them, the farther they fled from me; they sacrificed to Baals, burning incense to carved images.
3Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, supporting them by their arms, but they never knew that I was healing them.
4I guided them with human kindness, with loving reins. I acted toward them like one who removes a yoke from their neck; I bent down and fed them.
5"They will not return to the land of Egypt; instead, the Assyrian will be their king, because they kept refusing to repent.
6The sword will fall on their cities, consuming and devouring their fortified gates, despite their planning.
7My people are determined to turn away from me; though they call to the Most High, no one is worshiping.
8"How can I give up on you, Ephraim? I will deliver you, will I not, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? I can't make you like Zeboim, can I? My heart stirs within me; my compassion also fans into flame!
9I will not act in my anger; I will not return to destroy Ephraim, For I am God, and not a human— the Holy One among you— so I will not enter the city in anger.
10They will go after the LORD, who will roar like a lion; and when he roars, the children will come trembling from the west.
11Trembling like a bird, they will come out of Egypt, and as a dove from the land of Assyria; and I will settle them in their houses," declares the LORD.
12 "Ephraim surrounds me with lies, and the house of Israel surrounds me with deceit, But Judah still rules with God, and remains faithful, along with the godly ones."