Deuteronomy 7:6; Deuteronomy 10:15; Psalm 147:19–20; Hosea 5:3; Hosea 13:5; Micah 2:3

For pyou are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be pa people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

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,

his pstatutes and rules1 to Israel.

20  He qhas not dealt thus with any other nation;

they do not know his rules.2

rPraise the Lord!

bI know Ephraim,

and Israel is not hidden from me;

for now, O Ephraim, you have played the whore;

Israel is defiled.

mIt was I who knew you in the wilderness,

in the land of drought;

Therefore thus says the Lord:

behold, against othis family I am devising disaster,1

from which you cannot remove your necks,

and you pshall not walk haughtily,

qfor it will be a time of disaster.