11 “When Israel was a 1child, I loved him,
2 2As they called them,
They sacrificed to the Baals,
And burned incense to carved images.
3 “I dtaught Ephraim to walk,
Taking them by 4their arms;
But they did not know that eI healed them.
4 I drew them with 5gentle cords,
With bands of love,
gI stooped and fed them.
But the Assyrian shall be his king,
Because they refused to repent.
Devour his districts,
And consume them,
Because of their own counsels.
7 My people are bent on hbacksliding from Me.
None at all exalt Him.
8 “How ican I give you up, Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I make you like jAdmah?
How can I set you like Zeboiim?
My heart 9churns within Me;
My sympathy is stirred.
I will not again destroy Ephraim.
kFor I am God, and not man,
The Holy One in your midst;
And I will not 1come with terror.
lHe will roar like a lion.
When He roars,
Then His sons shall come trembling from the west;
mLike a dove from the land of Assyria.
nAnd I will let them dwell in their houses,”
Says the Lord.
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