The ox knows its master,
the donkey its owner’s manger,
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.” (Isaiah 1:3 NIV)
In this verse God explains that the Jews (Israel) are the “children” which he has “reared and brought up” (verse 2). God has taught the Jewish people many things about Himself, but they refuse to learn. He points out that they are dumber than cattle, because they do not submit to the one who provides for them.