Israel, return to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled in your sin.
Take words [of repentance] with you and return to the Lord. Say to Him: "Forgive all [our] sin and accept what is good, so that we may repay You with praisea from ourb lips.c3
Assyria will not save us, we will not ride on horses, and we will no longer proclaim: Our gods! to the work of our hands. For the fatherless receives compassion in You."
I will heal their apostasy; I will freely love them, for My anger will have turned from him.
I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like the lily and take root like [the cedars of] Lebanon.
His new branches will spread, and his splendor will be like the olive tree, his fragrance, like [the forest of] Lebanon.
The people will return and live beneath his shade. They will grow grain and blossom like the vine. His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon.
Ephraim, why should Id have anything more to do with idols? It is I who answer and watch over him. I am like a flourishing pine tree; your fruit comes from Me.
Let whoever is wise understand these things, and whoever is insightful recognize them. For the ways of the Lord are right, and the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.