The LORD's Love for Israel1 Early they were disowned, [3was disowned 1the king 2of Israel]; for Israel is an infant, and I loved him, and from out of Egypt I called back his children. 2 As I called them back, so they moved from in front of me; they [2to the 3Baalim 1sacrificed]; and to the carved images they burned incense. 3 And I bound Ephraim; I took him upon my arm; and they knew not that I have healed them. 4 In corruption of men I stretched them with the bonds of my affections. And I will be to them as [2slapping 1a man] upon his cheek; and I shall look to him; I will prevail to him. 5 Ephraim dwelt in Egypt, and Assyria he was his king, for he did not want to return. 6 And he weakened by the broadsword in his cities, and he rested with his hands; and they shall eat of their own deliberations. 7 And his people are hanging from the thing of his house; and God [2against 3his esteemed 1shall be enraged], and in no way should he exalt him. 8 How shall I deal with you, O Ephraim? Shall I shield you, O Israel? How shall I deal with you -- as Admah? Shall I appoint you even as Zeboim? [2shall be converted 1My heart] in the same thing; [2was disturbed 1my repentance]. 9 No way shall I act according to the anger of my rage. No way should I abandon Ephraim to be wiped away. Because [3God 1I 2am], and not man; [2among 3you 1the holy one], and I will not enter into the city. 10 [2after 3the lord 1I shall go]; as a lion he shall bellow; for he shall roar, and [3shall be startled 1children 2of the waters]. 11 They shall be startled as a bird from out of Egypt, and as a dove from out of the land of the Assyrians; and I will restore them unto their houses, says the lord. 12 [2encircled 3me 4with 5a lie 1Ephraim], and [5with 6impious deeds 1the house 2of Israel 3and 4Judah]; but now [2knew 3them 1God], and [3people 2a holy 1they shall be called] of God.
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