1: Israel, return to Yahweh your God; For you have fallen because of your sin. 2: Take words with you, and return to Yahweh. Tell him, "Forgive all our sins, And accept that which is good: So we offer like bulls our lips. 3: Assyria can't save us. We won't ride on horses; Neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, 'Our gods!' For in you the fatherless finds mercy." 4: "I will heal their waywardness. I will love them freely; For my anger is turned away from him. 5: I will be like the dew to Israel. He will blossom like the lily, And send down his roots like Lebanon. 6: His branches will spread, And his beauty will be like the olive tree, And his fragrance like Lebanon. 7: Men will dwell in his shade. They will revive like the grain, And blossom like the vine. Their fragrance will be like the wine of Lebanon. 8: Ephraim, what have I to do any more with idols? I answer, and will take care of him. I am like a green fir tree; From me your fruit is found." 9: Who is wise, that he may understand these things? Who is prudent, that he may know them? For the ways of Yahweh are right, And the righteous walk in them; But the rebellious stumble in them.