2 The more [the prophets] called them, the more they went from them. They sacrificed to the Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.
3 Yet I taught Ephraim to walk. I took them on my arms, but they did not 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 And the sword shall fall upon their cities, and shall consume their bars, and devour [them], because of their own counsels.
7 And 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 thee up, Ephraim? [How] shall I cast thee off, Israel? How shall I make thee as Admah? [How] shall I set thee as Zeboiim? My heart is turned within me. My compassions are kindled together.
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 thee, and I will not come in wrath.
10 They shall walk after LORD, who will roar like a lion. For he will roar, and the sons 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 LORD.