1 “When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and I called my son out of Egypt.
the farther he moved from me,*
offering sacrifices to the images of Baal
and burning incense to idols.
3 I myself taught Israel* how to walk,
leading him along by the hand.
But he doesn’t know or even care
that it was I who took care of him.
with my ropes of kindness and love.
I lifted the yoke from his neck,
and I myself stooped to feed him.
they will return to Egypt
and will be forced to serve Assyria.
their enemies will crash through their gates.
They will destroy them,
trapping them in their own evil plans.
They call me the Most High,
but they don’t truly honor me.
How can I let you go?
How can I destroy you like Admah
or demolish you like Zeboiim?
My heart is torn within me,
and my compassion overflows.
I will not completely destroy Israel,
for I am God and not a mere mortal.
I am the Holy One living among you,
and I will not come to destroy.
I, the Lord, will roar like a lion.
And when I roar,
my people will return trembling from the west.
Trembling like doves, they will return from Assyria.
And I will bring them home again,”
says the Lord.
12 * Israel surrounds me with lies and deceit,
but Judah still obeys God
and is faithful to the Holy One.*
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