1a1Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, For you have stumbledbbecause of your 2iniquity.
2Takewords with you and return to the LORD. Say to Him, "3Take away alliniquity And creceive us graciously, That we may 4presentdthe fruit of our lips.
3"Assyria will not save us, We will 5not ride on horses; Nor will we sayagain, '6Our god,' To the 7work of our hands; For in 8You the eorphanfindsmercy."
I will 9heal their apostasy, I will 10love them freely, For My anger has 11turnedaway from them.
I will be like the 12dew to Israel; He will blossom like the 13lily, And he will ftakeroot like the cedars of 14Lebanon.
His shoots will gsprout, And his hbeauty will be like the 15olivetree And his fragrance like the cedars of 16Lebanon.
Those who 17live in his shadow Will iagainraise18grain, And they will blossom like the vine. His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon.
O Ephraim, whatmore have I to do with 19idols? It is I who answer and look after jyou. I am like a luxuriant20cypress; From 21Me comes your fruit.
922Whoever is wise, let him understandthesethings; Whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the 23ways of the LORD are right, And the 24righteous will walk in them, But 25transgressors will stumble in them.