11 When Israel was a youth I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son. 2 The more [a]they called them, The more they went from [b]them; They kept sacrificing to the Baals And burning incense to idols. 3 Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk, [c]I took them in My arms; But they did not know that I healed them. 4 I led them with cords of a man, with bonds of love, And I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws; And I bent down andfed them.
5 [d]They will not return to the land of Egypt; But Assyria—he will be [e]their king Because they refused to return to Me. 6 The sword will whirl against [f]their cities, And will demolish [g]their gate bars And consume them because of their counsels. 7 So My people are bent on turning from Me. Though [h]they call [i]them to the One on high, None at all exalts Him.
8 How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I [j]make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart is turned over within Me, [k]All My compassions are kindled.
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