O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like a luxuriant cypress; From Me comes your fruit.
Teach me what I do not see; If I have done iniquity, I will not do it again’?
“I will put the cedar in the wilderness, The acacia and the myrtle and the olive tree; I will place the juniper in the desert Together with the box tree and the cypress,
“He will sing to men and say, ‘I have sinned and perverted what is right, And it is not proper for me.
“Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up, And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up, And it will be a memorial to the Lord, For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”
“The glory of Lebanon will come to you, The juniper, the box tree and the cypress together, To beautify the place of My sanctuary; And I shall make the place of My feet glorious.
“I have surely heard Ephraim grieving, ‘You have chastised me, and I was chastised, Like an untrained calf; Bring me back that I may be restored, For You are the Lord my God.
Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to Him, “ Take away all iniquity And receive us graciously, That we may present the fruit of our lips.
So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and *said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!”
“ I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
(for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth),
having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God,
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,
For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.