A Plea to Repent1 Israel, return to ▼
▼Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.Yahweh your God b
for you have stumbled in your sin. c
2 Take words of repentance with you d
and return to the Lord.
Say to Him: “Forgive all our sin
and accept what is good,
so that we may repay You
with praise ▼
▼LXX reads with the fruitfrom our ▼
▼Lit repay the bulls of ourlips. g
3 Assyria will not save us, h
we will not ride on horses i
and we will no longer proclaim, ‘Our gods!’ j
to the work of our hands. k
For the fatherless receives compassion in You.” l
A Promise of Restoration4 I will heal their apostasy; m
I will freely love them, n
for My anger will have turned from him. o
5 I will be like the dew to Israel; p
he will blossom like the lily q
and take root like the cedars of Lebanon. r
6 His new branches will spread,
and his splendor will be like the olive tree s
his fragrance, like the forest of Lebanon. t
7 The people will return and live beneath his shade. u
They will grow grain v
and blossom like the vine.
His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon.
8 Ephraim, why should I ▼
▼LXX reads hehave anything more
to do with idols? x
It is I who answer and watch over him.
I am like a flourishing pine tree; y
your fruit comes from Me. z
9 Let whoever is wise aa understand these things,
and whoever is insightful recognize them.
For the ways of the Lord are right ab
and the righteous walk in them, ac
but the rebellious stumble in them. ad
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