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Ephraim! What more have I to do with idols?(A)
    I have humbled him, but I will take note of him.
I am like a verdant cypress tree.[a]
    From me fruit will be found for you!

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  1. 14:9 Verdant cypress tree: the symbol of lasting life, the opposite of the sacred trees of the Baal cult (4:13). The Lord provides the “fruit” (peri) to Israel (2:7, 10), another instance of the wordplay on Ephraim (see notes on 9:16 and 13:15).

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