Bishops' Bible

Hosea 14

An exhortation to repentance.

Hosea 14:1 O Israel, returne vnto the Lorde thy God, for thou hast fallen through thine owne wickednesse. Hosea 14:2 Take these wordes with you, whe ye turne to the Lorde, and say vnto him, O forgeue vs all our sinnes, receaue vs graciously, and then wyll we offer the Calues of our lippes vnto thee. Hosea 14:3 Asshur shalbe no more our helper, neither will we ride vpon horses any more, neither wyll we say any more to the worke of our handes, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherlesse findeth mercie.

A promise of God's blessing.

Hosea 14:4 I wyll heale their rebellion, I wyll loue them freely: for mine anger is turned away from hym. Hosea 14:5 I wyll be vnto Israel as the deawe, and he shall growe as the lilie, and his roote shall breake out as the [trees] of Libanus. Hosea 14:6 His braunches shal spreade out abrode, and be as faire as the oliue tree, & smell as Libanus. Hosea 14:7 They that dwell vnder his shadowe, shall returne & growe vp as the corne, and florishe as the vine: he shall haue as good a name as the wine of Libanus. Hosea 14:8 Ephraim [shall say] what haue I to do with idols any more? I haue hearde him, and loked vpon him, I am like a greene firre tree, vpon me is thy fruite founde. Hosea 14:9 Who so is wise, shall vnderstande these thinges, and he that is right instruct wyll regarde them: for the wayes of the Lorde are righteous, such as be godly wyll walke in them: as for the wicked, they shall stumble therin.

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