Out of Egypt I Called my Son1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son. 2 But the more I called them, the farther they departed from Me. ▼
▼LXX; Hebrew from themThey sacrificed to the Baals and burned incense to carved images. 3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them in My arms, but they never realized that it was I who healed them. 4 I led with cords of kindness, with ropes of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them. 5 Will they not return to the land of Egypt and be ruled by Assyria because they refused to repent? 6 A sword will whirl through their cities; it will destroy the bars of their gates and consume [them] in their own plans. 7 My people are bent on turning from Me. Though they call to the Most High, He will by no means exalt them.
God's Mercy On Israel8 How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart is turned within Me; My compassion is stirred! 9 I will not execute the full fury of My anger; I will not turn back to destroy Ephraim. For I am God and not man— the Holy One among you— and I will not come in wrath. 10 They will walk after the LORD; He will roar like a lion. When He roars, His children will come trembling from the west. 11 They will come trembling like birds from Egypt and like doves from the land of Assyria. Then I will settle them in their homes, declares the LORD. 12 Ephraim surrounds me with lies, the house of Israel with deceit; but Judah still walks with God [and is] faithful to the Holy One.
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