2 As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto the Baals, and burned incense to graven images.
3 And I it was that taught Ephraim to walk, He took them upon his arms, but they knew not that I healed them.
4 I drew them with bands of a man, with cords of love; and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I gently caused them to eat.
5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king; for they refused to return to me;
6 and the sword shall turn about in his cities, and shall consume his bars, and devour them, because of their own counsels.
7 Yea, my people are bent upon backsliding from me: though they call them to the Most High, none at all exalteth him.
8 How shall I give thee over, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee up, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? My heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together.
9 I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God, and not man, the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not come in anger.
10 They shall walk after Jehovah; he shall roar like a lion; when he shall roar, then the children shall hasten from the west:
11 they shall hasten as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria; and I will cause them to dwell in their houses, saith Jehovah.