1a Return, Israel, to the LORD your God; you have stumbled because of your wickedness.
Prepare to speak and return to the LORD; say to the LORD, "Forgive all wickedness; and receive the good. Instead of bulls, let us offer what we can say:
Assyria won't save us; we won't ride upon horses; we will no longer say, ‘Our God,' to the work of our hands. In you the orphan finds compassion."
I will heal their faithlessness; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them.
I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like the lily; he will cast out his roots like the forests of Lebanon.b6
His branches will spread out; his beauty will be like the olive tree, and his fragrance like that of Lebanon.
They will again live beneath my shadow, they will flourish like a garden; they will blossom like the vine, their fragrance will be like the wine of Lebanon.
Ephraim, what do idols have to do with me? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like a green cypress tree; your fruit comes from me.