1
O Israel, returne vnto the Lord thy God;
for thou hast fallen by thine iniquitie.
2
Take with you words, and turne to the Lord, say vnto him, Take away all iniquitie, and receiue vs graciously: so will wee render the calues of our lips.
3
Asshur shall not saue vs, we will not ride vpon horses, neither will wee say any more to the work of our hands, Yee are our gods: for in thee the fatherlesse findeth mercie.
4
I will heale their backsliding, I will loue them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.
5
I wil be as the dew vnto Israel: hee shall grow as the lillie, and cast foorth his rootes as Lebanon.
6
His branches shall spread, and his beautie shalbe as the oliue tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
7
They that dwell vnder his shadow shall returne: they shall reuiue as the corne, & grow as the vine, the sent thereof shalbe as the wine of Lebanon.
8
Ephraim shall say, What haue I to doe any more with idoles?
I haue heard him, and obserued him: I am like a greene firre tree, from me is thy fruite found.
9
Who is wise, and hee shall vnderstand these things?
prudent, and hee shall know them?
for the wayes of the Lord are right, and the iust shall walke in them: but the transgressours shall fall therein.