The Lord still loves his people
‘When Israel was a child, I loved him as my son.
I called my son to come out of Egypt.
the more they turned away from me.
I held their hand and I led them.
I took care of them,
but they did not understand this.
I led them as their guide.
I gave them rest from their hard work.
I bent down to feed them.
So they must return to Egypt.
Assyria will rule over them.
Enemies will break down the strong city gates.
War will destroy my people and all their
That is all that they can think about.
They call up to a God who rules above,
but he will not help them.
I cannot let you belong to someone else.
I cannot destroy you, as I did to Admah and Zeboiim.
I now realize that I love you too much.
I could never destroy you completely.
but I will not
I will never destroy my people, Ephraim.
This is because I am God. I am not a human.
I am the
I will not come to destroy you in my
so that my children come to follow me.
When I roar, my children will shake with fear,
as they come from the west.
They will come like
They will be afraid, as they return.
I will bring them back to live in their homes again.’
That is what the Lord says.
The Lord accuses Israel
‘Ephraim's people are always speaking
But Judah's people have stayed with God as their guide.
They continue to be