Is Ephraim my dear son?
Is he a darling child?
For as often as I speak against him,
I do still remember, yes, remember him:
therefore my bowels are stirred for him.
I will surely have mercy on him,”
“my bowels.” In the biblical culture, the bowels and abdominal organs were the seat of emotion. Yahweh has deep feelings for his people even though they have sinned greatly.