11 When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called my son.
2 The more Ia called them,
the more they went from me;b
they kept sacrificing to the Baals,
and offering incense to idols.
I took them up in myc arms;
but they did not know that I healed them.
with bands of love.
I was to them like those
who lift infants to their cheeks.d
I bent down to them and fed them.
and Assyria shall be their king,
because they have refused to return to me.
it consumes their oracle-priests,
and devours because of their schemes.
To the Most High they call,
but he does not raise them up at all.e
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.
I will not again destroy Ephraim;
for I am God and no mortal,
the Holy One in your midst,
and I will not come in wrath.f
who roars like a lion;
when he roars,
his children shall come trembling from the west.
and like doves from the land of Assyria;
and I will return them to their homes, says the Lord.