6 He set it as a testimony with Joseph, when he went out of the land of Egypt. He heard a tongue that he did not know.
7 He turned the burdens away from his back. His hands had been a slave to baskets.
8 You called upon me in tribulation, and I freed you. I heard you within the hidden tempest. I tested you with waters of contradiction.
9 My people, listen and I will call you to testify. If, O Israel, you will pay heed to me,
10 then there will be no new god among you, nor will you adore a foreign god.
11 For I am the Lord your God, who led you out of the land of Egypt. Widen your mouth, and I will fill it.
12 But my people did not hear my voice, and Israel was not attentive to me.
13 And so, I sent them away, according to the desires of their heart. They will go forth according to their own inventions.
14 If my people had heard me, if Israel had walked in my ways,
15 I would have humbled their enemies, as if it were nothing, and I would have sent my hand upon those who troubled them.
16 The enemies of the Lord have lied to him, and their time will come, in every age.
17 And he fed them from the fat of the grain, and he saturated them with honey from the rock.
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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