Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled by your iniquity.
Cross ReferencesIsaiah 19:22
And the LORD will strike Egypt with a plague; He will strike them but heal them. They will turn to the LORD, and He will hear their prayers and heal them.
Say to them: 'As surely as I live, declares the Lord GOD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked should turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?'
So when I tell the wicked man, 'You will surely die,' and he turns from his sin and does what is just and right--
They feed on the sin of My people and set their heart on iniquity.
Israel's arrogance testifies against them; both Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity; even Judah stumbles with them.
Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us to pieces, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bind us up.
The days of punishment have come; the days of retribution have arrived--let Israel know it. The prophet is called a fool, and the inspired man insane, because of the greatness of your iniquity and hostility.
Sow for yourselves righteousness and reap the fruit of loving devotion; break up your unplowed ground. For it is time to seek the LORD until He comes and sends righteousness upon you like rain.
But you must return to your God, maintaining love and justice, and always waiting on your God.
And Ephraim boasts: "How rich I have become; I have found wealth for myself. In all my labors, they can find in me no iniquity that is sin."
So rend your hearts and not your garments, and return to the LORD your God. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in loving devotion. And He relents from sending disaster.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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Isaiah 55:6, 7
Joel 2:12, 13
Zechariah 1:3, 4
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