1O Israel, return unto Jehovah thy God#GodHebrew: Elohim for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. 2Take with you words, and turn to Jehovah; say unto him, Forgive all iniquity, and receive us graciously; so will we render the calves of our lips. 3Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Thou art our God#GodHebrew: Elohim because in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.
4I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely; for mine anger is turned away from him. 5I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall blossom as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. 6His shoots shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive-tree, and his smell as Lebanon. 7They shall return and sit under his shadow; they shall revive as corn, and blossom as the vine: the renown thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
8Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? (I answer him, and I will observe him.) I am like a green fir-tree. --From me is thy fruit found. 9Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? intelligent, and he shall know them? For the ways of Jehovah are right, and the just shall walk in them; but the transgressors shall fall therein.
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