1 O Israel, become converted unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.
2 Take with you words, and be converted unto the LORD; say unto him, Take away all iniquity and receive [us] graciously, so will we render the calves 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 finds mercy.
4 I will heal their rebellion; I will love them freely; for my anger is turned away from them.
5 I will be as the dew unto Israel; he shall flourish as the lily and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
6 His branches shall spread, and his glory shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
7 Those that shall sit under his shadow shall return; they shall be given life [as the] wheat, and they shall flourish as the vine; the scent thereof [shall be] as the wine of Lebanon.
8 Ephraim [shall then say], What have I to do any more with idols? I will hear [him] and gaze upon him; I [will be unto him] like a green fir tree; of me shall thy fruit be found.
9 Who [is] wise that he might understand this? and prudent that he might know this? for the ways of the LORD [are] right, and the just shall walk in them; but the rebellious shall fall therein.: