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.