In explaining the unfolding tragedy of destruction and exile, Yechezkel (Ezekiel) portrays Israel as a baby abandoned in the wilderness. Ignored by most, a kind passerby picks her up, protects her, and cares for her. Upon reaching the age of maturity, he marries her. Nevertheless, despite his dedication and affection, the young woman becomes unfaithful. Such has been the relationship between the People of Israel and Hashem (God). God saved them from slavery, cared for them and protected them, entered into a covenant with them at Mount Sinai and brought them into their land. In return, they betrayed Him and abandoned Him, favoring other gods over their own. Unlike mortal man, God does not change His mind, He promises that He will renew His relationship with them in an "everlasting covenant" and return them to their land.