“And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and deuoure them, because of their own counsels.”
King James Version (KJV)
3. I taught Ephraim also to goe, taking them by their armes: but they knew not that I healed them. 4. I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of loue, and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their iawes, and I laid meat vnto them. 5. ¶ He shall not returne into the land of Egypt; but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to returne 6. And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and deuoure them, because of their own counsels. 7. And my people are bent to backesliding from mee: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him. 8. How shall I giue thee vp, Ephraim? how shall I deliuer thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within mee, my repentings are kindled together. 9. I will not execute the fiercenes of mine anger, I will not returne to destroy Ephraim, for I am God, and not man, the Holy One in the midst of thee, and I will not enter into the citie.