15 Yet pthe Lord set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day.
19 He declares his word to Jacob,
20 He qhas not dealt thus with any other nation;
they do not know his rules.2
rPraise the Lord!
3 bI know Ephraim,
and Israel is not hidden from me;
for now, O Ephraim, you have played the whore;
Israel is defiled.
5 mIt was I who knew you in the wilderness,
in the land of drought;
3 Therefore thus says the Lord:
from which you cannot remove your necks,
and you pshall not walk haughtily,
qfor it will be a time of disaster.