“Ephraim, how could I part with you? Israel, how could I give you up? How could I treat you like Admah, or deal with you like Zeboim? My Heart recoils from it, My whole being trembles at the thought, I will not give rein to My fierce anger, I will not destroy Ephraim again. For I Am God, not man: I am the Holy One in your midst and have no wish to destroy” (Ho 11:8-9).