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and return to the Lord.
Say to him:
“Forgivej all our sins
and receive us graciously,k
3 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.”
and love them freely,t
for my anger has turned awayu from them.
5 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
His splendor will be like an olive tree,z
his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.a
7 People will dwell again in his shade;b
they will flourish like the grain,
they will blossomc like the vine—
I will answer him and care for him.
I am like a flourishing juniper;g
your fruitfulness comes from me.”
9 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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