English Revised Version

Hosea 14

An exhortation to repentance.

Hosea 14:1 O ISRAEL, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. Hosea 14:2 Take with you words, and return unto the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and accept that which is good: so will we render [as] bullocks [the offering of] our lips. Hosea 14:3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, [Ye are] our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.

A promise of God's blessing.

Hosea 14:4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. Hosea 14:5 I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall blossom as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. Hosea 14:6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. Hosea 14:7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive [as] the corn, and blossom as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon. Hosea 14:8 Ephraim [shall say], What have I to do any more with idols? I have answered, and will regard him: I am like a green fir tree; from me is thy fruit found. Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, mad the just shall walk in them; but transgressors shall fall therein.

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