18 “I have surely heard Ephraim agrieving,
‘You have bchastised me, and I was chastised,
Like an untrained ccalf;
dBring me back that I may be restored,
For You are the Lord my God.
19 ‘For after I turned back, I arepented;
And after I was instructed, I bsmote on my thigh;
I was cashamed and also humiliated
Because I bore the reproach of my youth.’
20 “Is aEphraim My dear son?
Is he a delightful child?
Indeed, as often as I have spoken against him,
I certainly still remember him;
I will surely chave mercy on him,” declares the Lord.