1“When Isra’el was a child, I loved him;
and out of Egypt I called my son.
2But the more [the prophets] called them,
the farther they went from them.
They sacrificed to the ba‘alim
and offered incense to idols.
3“Yet it was I who taught Efrayim to walk;
I took them by their arms.
But they did not know that it was I
who was healing them,
4who was guiding them on through human means
with reins made of love.
With them I was like someone removing
the yoke from their jaws,
and I bent down to feed them.
5He will not return to the land of Egypt,
but Ashur will be his king,
because they refused to repent.
6The sword will fall on his cities,
destroying the bars of his gates,
because they follow their own advice.
7My people are hanging in suspense
about returning to me;
and though they call them upwards,
nobody makes a move.
8Efrayim, how can I give you up,
or surrender you, Isra’el?
How could I treat you like Admah
or make you like Tzvoyim?
My heart recoils at the idea,
as compassion warms within me.
9I will not give vent to the fierceness of my rage,
I will not return to destroy Efrayim;
for I am God, not a human being,
the Holy One among you;
so I will not come in fury.
10They will go after Adonai,
who will roar like a lion;
for he will roar, and the children will come
trembling from the west.
11They will tremble like a bird as they come from Egypt,
like a dove as they come from the land of Ashur;
and I will resettle them in their own houses,