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A Plea for Repentance

14 Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,
    for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
Take words with you
    and return to the Lord.
Say to Him,
    “Take away all iniquity,
and accept that which is good;
    and we will offer the fruit[a] of our lips!
Assyria will not save us,
    we will not ride on horses.
We will no longer say, ‘Our God,’
    to the work of our hands.
    In You the orphan finds mercy.”

I will heal their backsliding;
    I will love them freely,
    for My anger has turned away from him.
I will be like the dew to Israel;
    he shall grow like the lily
and shall strike his roots
    like Lebanon.
    His branches will spread out,
and his beauty shall be like the olive tree,
    and his fragrance like that of Lebanon.
Those that dwell under his shadow will return,
    they will flourish like the grain
and grow as a vine.
    Their fragrance will be like the wine of Lebanon.
O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols?
    It is I who answer and look after him.
I am like a green fir tree;
    your fruit is found in Me.

Whoever is wise, let him understand these things;
    whoever prudent, let him know them.
For the ways of the Lord are right,
    and the just will walk in them;
    but the transgressors stumble in them.


  1. Hosea 14:2 Gk. Syr.; Heb. bulls.