A Plea to Return to the Lord1 aReturn, O Israel, to the Lord your God,
for byou have stumbled because of your iniquity.
2Take with you words
and return to the Lord;
say to him,
“Take away all iniquity;
accept cwhat is good,
and we will pay with bulls
dthe vows ▼
▼Septuagint, Syriac pay the fruitof our lips.
3 fAssyria shall not save us;
gwe will not ride on horses;
and hwe will say no more, ‘Our God,’
to the work of our hands.
iIn you the orphan finds mercy.”
4 I jwill heal their apostasy;
kI will love them freely,
for my anger has turned from them.
5 lI will be like the dew to Israel;
mhe shall blossom like the lily;
he shall take root like the trees nof Lebanon;
6his shoots shall spread out;
his beauty shall be olike the olive,
and his fragrance like Lebanon.
7They shall return and pdwell beneath my ▼
they shall flourish like the grain;
they shall blossom like the vine;
their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.
8 O rEphraim, what have I to do with idols?
It is I who answer and look after you. ▼
I am like an evergreen cypress;
tfrom me comes your fruit.
9 uWhoever is wise, let him understand these things;
whoever is discerning, let him know them;
for the ways of the Lord are right,
and vthe upright walk in them,
wbut transgressors stumble in them.
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