A Plea to Repent
1Israel, return to the Lord your God,#Hs 6:1; 10:12; 12:6
for you have stumbled in your iniquity.#Hs 4:8; 5:5; 9:7
2Take words of repentance with you#Mc 7:18–19
and return to the Lord.
Say to him, “Forgive all our iniquity
and accept what is good,
so that we may repay you
with praise#14:2 LXX reads with the fruit from our#14:2 Lit repay the bulls of our lips.#Heb 13:15
3Assyria will not save us,#Hs 5:13
we will not ride on horses,#Is 31:1
and we will no longer proclaim, ‘Our gods! ’ #Hs 4:12
to the work of our hands.#Hs 8:6; 13:2
For the fatherless receives compassion in you.”#Ps 68:5
A Promise of Restoration
4I will heal their apostasy;#Is 57:18; Hs 6:1
I will freely love them,#Zph 3:17
for my anger will have turned from him.#Is 12:1
5I will be like the dew to Israel;#Is 26:19
he will blossom like the lily#Sg 2:1; Mt 6:28
and take root like the cedars of Lebanon.#Is 35:2
6His new branches will spread,
and his splendor will be like the olive tree,#Jr 11:16
his fragrance, like the forest of Lebanon.#Sg 4:11
7The people will return and live beneath his shade.#Ezk 17:23
They will grow grain#Hs 2:21–22
and blossom like the vine.
His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon.
8Ephraim, why should I#14:8 LXX reads he have anything more
to do with idols?#Jb 34:32
It is I who answer and watch over him.
I am like a flourishing pine tree;#Is 41:19
your fruit comes from me.#Ezk 17:13
9Let whoever is wise#Ps 107:43; Jr 9:12 understand these things,
and whoever is insightful recognize them.
For the ways of the Lord are right,#Ps 111:7–8; Zph 3:5
and the righteous walk in them,#Is 26:7
but the rebellious stumble in them.#Is 1:28