1 O Israel, areturn unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.
2 Take with you cwords, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the bcalves of our lips.
3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for 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 grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.6His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.7They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.8Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? dI have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. eFrom me is thy fruit found.9fWho is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for gthe ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.