Psalm 51:3-17 and Hosea 14:2-10
3 Be merciful to me, O God, according to your great mercy. And, according to the plentitude of your compassion, wipe out my iniquity.
4 Wash me once again from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
5 For I know my iniquity, and my sin is ever before me.
6 Against you only have I sinned, and I have done evil before your eyes. And so, you are justified in your words, and you will prevail when you give judgment.
7 For behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sinfulness did my mother conceive me.
8 For behold, you have loved truth. The obscure and hidden things of your wisdom, you have manifested to me.
9 You will sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be cleansed. You will wash me, and I will be made whiter than snow.
10 In my hearing, you will grant gladness and rejoicing. And the bones that have been humbled will exult.
11 Turn your face away from my sins, and erase all my iniquities.
12 Create a clean heart in me, O God. And renew an upright spirit within my inmost being.
13 Do not cast me away from your face; and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.
14 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and confirm me with an unsurpassed spirit.
15 I will teach the unjust your ways, and the impious will be converted to you.
16 Free me from blood, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue will extol your justice.
17 O Lord, you will open my lips, and my mouth will announce your praise.
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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