WHEN ISRAEL was a child, then I loved him and called My son out of Egypt. [Mat_2:15]
The more [the prophets] called to them, the more they went from them; they kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning incense to the graven images.
Yet I taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by their arms or taking them up in My arms, but they did not know that I healed them.
I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love, and I was to them as one who lifts up and eases the yoke over their cheeks, and I bent down to them and gently laid food before them.