Hosea 14


 

Exhortation to Repentance and Promise of God's Blessing

An exhortation to repentance.

1 [14:2] O israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. 2 [14:3] Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. 3 [14:4] 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.

4 [14:5] I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. 5 [14:6] I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. 6 [14:7] His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. 7 [14:8] They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon. 8 [14:9] Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found. 9 [14:10] Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

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