An exhortation to repentance.
Hosea 14:1 O Israel, returne vnto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquitie. Hosea 14:2 Take with you words, and turne to the LORD, say vnto him, Take away all iniquitie, and receiue [vs] graciously: so will wee render the calues of our lips. Hosea 14:3 Asshur shall not saue vs, we will not ride vpon horses, neither will wee say any more to the work of our hands, [Yee are] our gods: for in thee the fatherlesse findeth mercie.
A promise of God's blessing.
Hosea 14:4 I will heale their backsliding, I will loue them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. Hosea 14:5 I wil be as the dew vnto Israel: hee shall grow as the lillie, and cast foorth his rootes as Lebanon. Hosea 14:6 His branches shall spread, and his beautie shalbe as the oliue tree, and his smell as Lebanon. Hosea 14:7 They that dwell vnder his shadow shall returne: they shall reuiue [as] the corne, & grow as the vine, the sent thereof [shalbe] as the wine of Lebanon. Hosea 14:8 Ephraim [shall say], What haue I to doe any more with idoles? I haue heard [him], and obserued him: I [am] like a greene firre tree, from me [is] thy fruite found. Hosea 14:9 Who [is] wise, and hee shall vnderstand these things? prudent, and hee shall know them? for the wayes of the LORD [are] right, and the iust shall walke in them: but the transgressours shall fall therein.