My people are bent on backsliding from Me; though [the prophets] call them to Him Who is on high, none at all will exalt Him or lift himself up [to come to Him].
How can I give you up, O Ephraim! How can I surrender you and cast you off, O Israel! How can I make you as Admah or how can I treat you as Zeboiim [both destroyed with Sodom]! My heart recoils within Me; My compassions are kindled together. [Deu_29:23]
I will not execute the fierceness of My anger; I will not bring back Ephraim to nothing or again destroy him. For I am Almighty Yahuwah and not man, the Holy One in the midst of you, and I will not come in wrath or enter into the city.
They shall walk after the Master, Who will roar like a lion; He Himself will roar and [His] sons shall come trembling and eagerly from the west.
They shall come trembling but hurriedly like a bird out of Egypt and like a dove out of the land of Assyria, and I will cause them to dwell in their houses, says the Master.
Ephraim surrounds Me with lies and the house of Israel with deceit, and Judah is not yet steadfast with Almighty Yahuwah, with the faithful Holy One.
A Plea to Return to the Master
O ISRAEL, return to the Master your Almighty, for you have stumbled and fallen, [visited by calamity] due to your iniquity.
Take with you words and return to the Master. Say to Him, Take away all our iniquity; accept what is good and receive us graciously; so will we render [our thanks] as bullocks [to be sacrificed] and pay the confession of our lips. [Heb_13:15]
Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses, neither will we say any more to the work of our hands [idols], You are our gods. For in You [O Master] the fatherless find love, pity, and mercy.
I will heal their faithlessness; I will love them freely, for My anger is turned away from [Israel].
I will be like the dew and the night mist to Israel; he shall grow and blossom like the lily and cast forth his roots like [the sturdy evergreens of] Lebanon.
His suckers and shoots shall spread, and his beauty shall be like the olive tree and his fragrance like [the cedars and aromatic shrubs of] Lebanon.