Israel's Future Blessing
1 Return, R436 F137 O Israel, to the LORD your God,
For you have stumbled because F138 of your iniquity. R437
2 Take words with you and return to the LORD.
Say to Him, "Take R438 away all iniquity
And receive F139 us graciously,
That we may present R439 the F140 fruit of our lips.
3 "Assyria will not save us,
We will not R440 ride on horses;
Nor will we say again, `Our R441 god,'
To the work R442 of our hands;
For in You R443 the orphan F141 finds mercy."
4 I will heal R444 their apostasy,
I will love R445 them freely,
For My anger has turned R446 away from them.
5 I will be like the dew R447 to Israel;
He will blossom like the lily, R448
And he will take F142 root like the cedars of Lebanon. R449
6 His shoots will sprout, F143
And his beauty F144 will be like the olive R450 tree
And his fragrance like the cedars of Lebanon. R451
7 Those who live R452 in his shadow
Will again F145 raise grain, R453
And they will blossom like the vine.
His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon.
8 O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols? R454
It is I who answer and look after you. F146
I am like a luxuriant cypress; R455
From Me R456 comes your fruit.
9 Whoever R457 is wise, let him understand these things;
Whoever is discerning, let him know them.
For the ways R458 of the LORD are right,
And the righteous R459 will walk in them,
But transgressors R460 will stumble in them.
F137: Ch 14:2 in Heb
F138: Or in
F139: Or accept that which is good
F140: So with ancient versions; M.T. our lips as bulls
F141: Or fatherless
F142: Lit strike his roots
F143: Lit go
F144: Or splendor
F145: Or return, they will raise grain
F146: Lit him
R436: Hosea 6:1; 10:12; 12:6; Joel 2:13
R437: Hosea 4:8; 5:5; 9:7
R438: Micah 7:18,19
R439: Psalms 51:16,17; Hosea 6:6; Hebrews 13:15
R440: Psalms 33:17; Isaiah 31:1
R441: Hosea 8:6; 13:2
R442: Hosea 4:12
R443: Psalms 10:14; 68:5
R444: Isaiah 57:18; Hosea 6:1
R445: Zephaniah 3:17
R446: Isaiah 12:1
R447: Proverbs 19:12; Isaiah 26:19
R448: Song of Solomon 2:1; Matthew 6:28
R449: Isaiah 35:2
R450: Jeremiah 11:16
R451: Song of Solomon 4:11
R452: Ezekiel 17:23
R453: Hosea 2:21,22
R454: Job 1:34:32; Hosea 14:3
R455: Isaiah 41:19
R456: Ezekiel 17:23
R457: Psalms 107:43; Jeremiah 9:12
R458: Psalms 111:7,8; Proverbs 10:29; Zephaniah 3:5
R459: Isaiah 26:7
R460: Isaiah 1:28