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Repentance to Bring Blessing

14 a Return,g Israel, to the Lord your God.

Your sinsh have been your downfall!i

Take words with you

and return to the Lord.

Say to him:

“Forgivej all our sins

and receive us graciously,k

that we may offer the fruit of our lips.b l

Assyria cannot save us;m

we will not mount warhorses.n

We will never again say ‘Our gods’o

to what our own hands have made,p

for in you the fatherlessq find compassion.”

“I will healr their waywardnesss

and love them freely,t

for my anger has turned awayu from them.

I will be like the dewv to Israel;

he will blossom like a lily.w

Like a cedar of Lebanonx

he will send down his roots;y

6 his young shoots will grow.

His splendor will be like an olive tree,z

his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.a

People will dwell again in his shade;b

they will flourish like the grain,

they will blossomc like the vine—

Israel’s fame will be like the wined of Lebanon.e

Ephraim, what more have Ic to do with idols?f

I will answer him and care for him.

I am like a flourishing juniper;g

your fruitfulness comes from me.”

Who is wise?h Let them realize these things.

Who is discerning? Let them understand.i

The ways of the Lord are right;j

the righteous walkk in them,

but the rebellious stumble in them.


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