1Early in the morning were they cast off, the king of Israel has been cast off: for Israel is a child, and I loved him, and out of Egypt have I called his children.
2As I called them, so they departed from my presence: they sacrificed to Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.
3Yet I bound the feet of Ephraim, I took him on my arm; but they knew not that I healed them.
4When men were destroyed, I drew them with the bands of my love: and I will be to them as a man smiting another on his cheek: and I will have respect to him, I will prevail with him.
5Ephraim dwelt in Egypt; and as for the Assyrian, he was his king, because he would not return.
6And in his cities he prevailed not with the sword, and he ceased to war with his hands: and they shall eat of the fruit of their own devices:
7and his people shall cleave fondly to their habitation; but God shall be angry with his precious things, and shall not at all exalt him.
8How shall I deal with thee, Ephraim? how shall I protect thee, Israel? what shall I do with thee? I will make thee as Admah, and as Zeboiim; my heart is turned at once, my repentance is powerfully excited.
9I will not act according to the fury of my wrath, I will not abandon Ephraim to be utterly destroyed: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One within thee: and I will not enter into the city.
10I will go after the Lord: he shall utter his voice as a lion: for he shall roar, and the children of the waters shall be amazed.
11They shall be amazed and fly as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of the Assyrians: and I will restore them to their houses, saith the Lord.