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 vnto you words, & turne to the Lord, and say vnto him, Take away all iniquitie, and receiue vs graciously: so wil we render the calues of our lippes. Hosea 14:3 Asshur shal not saue vs, neither wil we ride vpon horses, neither will 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 wil heale their rebellion: I wil loue them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. Hosea 14:5 I will be as the dewe vnto Israel: he shall grow as the lilie and fasten his rootes, as the trees of Lebanon. Hosea 14:6 His branches shall spread, and his beautie shalbe as the oliue tree, and his smel as Lebanon. Hosea 14:7 They that dwel vnder his shadow, shal returne: they shall reuiue as the corne, and florish as the vine: the sent thereof shalbe as the wine of Lebanon. Hosea 14:8 Ephraim shal say, What haue I to doe any more with idoles? I haue heard him, and looked vpon him: I am like a greene firre tree: vpon me is thy fruite founde. Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall vnderstande these things? and prudent, and he shall knowe them? for the wayes of the Lorde are righteous, and the iust shall walke in them: but the wicked shal fall therein.