6 O God, you know my foolishness, and my offenses have not been hidden from you.
7 Let those who wait for you, O Lord, the Lord of hosts, not be shamed in me. Let those who seek you, O God of Israel, not be confounded over me.
8 For because of you, I have endured reproach; confusion has covered my face.
9 I have become a stranger to my brothers and a sojourner to the sons of my mother.
10 For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproached you have fallen upon me.
11 And I covered my soul with fasting, and it has become a reproach to me.
12 And I put on a haircloth as my garment, and I became a parable to them.
13 Those who sat at the gate spoke against me, and those who drank wine made me their song.
14 But as for me, truly, my prayer is to you, O Lord. This time has pleased you well, O God. In the multitude of your mercy, in the truth of your salvation, hear me.
15 Rescue me from the quagmire, so that I may not become trapped. Free me from those who hate me and from deep waters.
16 Do not allow the tempest of water to submerge me, nor the deep to absorb me. And do not allow the well to close in on me.
17 Hear me, O Lord, for your mercy is kind. Look upon me, according to the fullness of your compassion.
2 Israel, convert to the Lord your God. For you have been ruined by your own iniquity.
3 Take these words with you and return to the Lord. And say to him, "Remove all iniquity and accept the good. And we will repay the calves of our lips.
4 Assur will not save us; we will not ride on horses. Neither will we say any more, 'The works of our hands are our gods,' for those that are in you will have mercy on the orphan."
5 I will heal their contrition; I will love them spontaneously. For my wrath has been turned away from them.
6 I will be like the dew; Israel will spring forth like the lily, and his root will spread out like that of the cedars of Lebanon.
7 His branches will advance, and his glory will be like the olive tree, and his fragrance will be like that of the cedars of Lebanon.
8 They will be converted, sitting in his shadow. They will live on wheat, and they will grow like a vine. His memorial will be like the wine of the cedars of Lebanon.
9 Ephraim will say, "What are idols to me any more?" I will listen to him, and I will set him straight like a healthy spruce tree. Your fruit has been found by me.
10 Who is wise and will understand this? Who has understanding and will know these things? For the ways of the Lord are straight, and the just will walk in them, but truly, the traitors will fall in them.
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