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Hoshea/Hosea  14:2 - 10
Yoel/Joel 2:11 - 27
    Sephardim and Chabad Chassidim omit this paragraph.
Michah/Micah 7:18 - 20

Chapter 14

2 Return, O Israel to Hashem, your God, for you have stumbled through your iniquity.  3 Take words with you and return to Hashem; say to Him, "May You forgive every iniquity and accept what is good, and let our lips substitute for bulls.  4 Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride the [Egyptian] horse; nor will we ever again call our handiwork 'our gods'; for only in You will the orphan find compassion."

5 I will heal their rebelliousness; I will love them willingly, for My wrath will be withdrawn from them.  6 I will be like the dew to Israel, it shall blossom like the rose and strike its roots like the [forest of] Lebanon.  7 Its tender branches shall spread and its glory shall be like the olive tree; its aroma shall be like the Lebanon.  8 They shall return, those who sit in its shade; they shall refresh themselves like grain; they shall blossom like the vine, its aroma like wine of Lebanon.  9 Ephraim [shall say] - "What more need have I for idols?" As for Me, I will respond and look to him; I am like an ever-fresh cypress; from Me shall your fruit be found.

10 Whoever is wise will understand these [admonitions], a discerning person will know them; the ways of Hashem are just — the righteous shall walk in them, but sinners will stumble on them.

Chapter 2

11 And Hashem gave forth His voice [in prophetic warning] before [sending forth] His army, for His camp is very great, for mighty is He that executes His word, for great is the day of Hashem and exceedingly awesome; who can endure it?  12 Yet even now — the word of Hashem — return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with lament,  13 and rend your heart and not your clothing, and return to Hashem, your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abundant of kindness, and He reconsiders regarding the evil.  14 Whoever knows [that he has strayed] shall return and reconsider [his past], and it shall leave behind it a blessing, a meal-offering and a libation to Hashem, your God.

15 Blow a shofar in Zion - consecrate a fast; call an assembly,  16 gather the people; ready the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the infants and the nurslings; let each bridegroom go forth from his chamber and each bride from her bridal canopy.  17 Between the Hall and the Altar shall the Kohanim, the ministers of Hashem, weep, and they shall say, "Have pity, O Hashem, upon Your people and do not make Your heritage into shame for the nations to use as an example; why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is your God?' "  18 [Then, when you will have repented,] Hashem will have been zealous regarding His land and will have taken pity on His people.  19 Then Hashem will have answered and will have said to His people - Behold! I send you the grain and the wine and the oil, and you shall be satiated with it; I will not make you again as a shame among the nations.  20 And [the plague of] the northerner will I distance from you, and oust it into a land arid and desolate, its face toward the eastern sea, and its end toward the western sea; and its foulness shall ascend, and its stench shall ascend, for it has done great [evil].  21 Fear not, O ground, be happy and be joyous, for Hashem has done great [good].  22 Fear not, O animals of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are cloaked in grass, for each tree bears its fruit, fig-tree and vine have given forth their assets.  23 O children of Zion, be happy and be joyous with Hashem, your God, for He has given you a mentor to righteousness; and He has caused the early rains and the late rains to descend for you in the first [month].  24 he threshing-floors shall be full with grain, and the vats will resound with [the sound of flowing] wine and oil.  25 I will repay you for [the crops of] the years that [the various types of locust — ] the arbeh, the yelek, the hasil, and the gazam consumed, My great army that I have sent against you.  26 And you shall eat — eating and being satiated — and you shall praise the Name of Hashem, your God, Who has done wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame.  27 Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am Hashem, your God, and there is no other; and My people shall never be put to shame.

Chapter 7

18 Who, O God, is like You, Who pardons iniquity and overlooks transgression for the remnant of His heritage? Who has not retained His wrath eternally, for He desires kindness.  19 He will again be merciful to us; He will suppress our iniquities. And cast into the depths of the sea all their sins.  20 Grant truth to Jacob, kindness to Abraham, as You swore to our forefathers from ancient times.

 


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