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14
A Plea to Repent
1Israel, return to Yahweh your God, # Hs 6:1; 10:12; 12:6
for you have stumbled in your sin. # 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 sin
and accept what is good,
so that we may repay You
with praise # LXX reads with the fruit from our # 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 # 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

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