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Hosea: Chapter 14

An exhortation to repentance, 1-3. A promise of God's blessing, 4-9.

1 O Israel, return to the LORD your God, for you have fallen by your iniquity.

2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD. Say to him, "Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously, so that we will render as calves the offering of our lips.

3 Ashur shall not save us. We will not ride upon horses. We will no more say to the work of our hands, 'You are our gods.' For in you the fatherless finds mercy."

4 "I will heal their backsliding, and I will love them freely, for my anger is turned away from him.

5 I will be as the dew to Israel. He shall grow as the lily and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.

6 His branches shall spread. His beauty shall be as the olive-tree, and his smell as Lebanon.

7 Those who dwell under his shade shall return. They shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine. Its scent shall be as the wine of Lebanon.

8 Ephraim shall say, 'What have I to do anymore with idols?' I have heard him, and observed him. I am like a green fir-tree. Your fruit is found from me."

9 Who is wise, that he shall understand these things? Who is prudent, that he shall know them? For the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them, but the transgressors shall fall in them.