God Yearns over His People 11 1When Israel was a youth I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son. 2The more [A]they called them, The more they went from [B]them; They kept sacrificing to the Baals And burning incense to idols. 3Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk, [C]I took them in My arms; But they did not know that I healed them. 4I led them with cords of a man, with bonds of love, And I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws; And I bent down and fed them. 5[D]They will not return to the land of Egypt; But Assyria—he will be [E]their king Because they refused to return to Me. 6The sword will whirl against [F]their cities, And will demolish [G]their gate bars And consume them because of their counsels. 7So My people are bent on turning from Me. Though [H]they call [I]them to the One on high, None at all exalts Him. 8How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I [J]make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart is turned over within Me, [K]All My compassions are kindled. 9I will not execute My fierce anger; I will not destroy Ephraim again. For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst, And I will not come in [L]wrath. 10They will walk after the Lord, He will roar like a lion; Indeed He will roar And His sons will come trembling from the west. 11They will come trembling like birds from Egypt And like doves from the land of Assyria; And I will settle them in their houses, declares the Lord. 12[M]Ephraim surrounds Me with lies And the house of Israel with deceit; Judah is also unruly against God, Even against the Holy One who is faithful.
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