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1 * Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,
for your sins have brought you down.
Say to him,
“Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us,
so that we may offer you our praises.*
nor can our warhorses.
Never again will we say to the idols we have made,
‘You are our gods.’
No, in you alone
do the orphans find mercy.”
“Then I will heal you of your faithlessness;
my love will know no bounds,
for my anger will be gone forever.
like a refreshing dew from heaven.
Israel will blossom like the lily;
it will send roots deep into the soil
like the cedars in Lebanon.
as fragrant as the cedars of Lebanon.
They will flourish like grain and blossom like grapevines.
They will be as fragrant as the wines of Lebanon.
8 “O Israel,* stay away from idols!
I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you.
I am like a tree that is always green;
all your fruit comes from me.”
Let those with discernment listen carefully.
The paths of the Lord are true and right,
and righteous people live by walking in them.
But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.
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