1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
2 The more [the prophets] called them, the more they went from them: they sacrificed to the Baals, and burned incense to engraved images.
3 Yet I taught Ephraim to walk; I took them on my arms; but they didn`t know that I healed them.
4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love; and I was to them as those who lift up the yoke on their jaws; and I laid food before them.
5 They shall not return into the land of Egypt; but the Assyrian shall be their king, because they refused to return [to me].
6 The sword shall fall on their cities, and shall consume their bars, and devour [them], because of their own counsels.
7 My people are bent on backsliding from me: though they call them to [him who is] on high, none at all will exalt [him].
8 How shall I give you up, Ephraim? [how] shall I cast you off, Israel? how shall I make you as Admah? [how] shall I set you as Zeboiim? my heart is turned within me, my compassion is aroused.
9 I will not execute the fierceness of my anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of you; and I will not come in wrath.
10 They shall walk after Yahweh, who will roar like a lion; for he will roar, and the children shall come trembling from the west.
11 They shall come trembling as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria; and I will make them to dwell in their houses, says Yahweh.
12 Ephraim compasses me about with falsehood, and the house of Israel with deceit; but Judah yet rules with God, and is faithful with the Holy One.