1 “When Yisrael was a child (young nation), I loved him, and called My son out of Egypt (Mitsrayim).
2 As they called them, so they went from them; they sacrificed unto Baals (Baalim), and burned incense to graven images.
3 I taught Efrayim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them.
4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.
5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt (Mitsrayim), but the Assyrian (Ashshur) shall be his king, because they refused to return.
6 And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour them, because of their own counsels.
7 And My people are bent to backsliding from Me; though they called them to the Most High, none at all would exalt Him.
8 How shall I give you up, Efrayim? How shall I deliver you, Yisrael? How shall I make you as Admah? How shall I set you as Zeboim? Mine heart is turned within Me, My compassions are kindled together.
9 I will not execute the fierceness of Mine anger, I will not return to destroy Efrayim; for I am God (Elohim), and not man; the Holy One in the midst of you; and I will not enter into the city.
10 They shall walk after יהוה; he shall roar like a lion; when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west.
11 They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt (Mitsrayim), and as a dove out of the land of Assyria (Ashshur). And I will place them in their houses,” saith יהוה.
12 Efrayim compasseth Me about with lies, and the house of Yisrael with deceit; but Judah (Yehudah) yet ruleth with God (Elohim), and is faithful with the holy ones.