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Hosea: 14

Hosea's plea to Israel.  Hs.14.1-3

1Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God,
for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
2Take with you words
and return to the LORD;
say to him,
"Take away all iniquity;
accept that which is good
and we will render
the fruit of our lips.
3Assyria shall not save us,
we will not ride upon horses;
and we will say no more, 'Our God,'
to the work of our hands.
In thee the orphan finds mercy."

the LORD promises new life for Israel.  Hs.14.4-8

4I will heal their faithlessness;
I will love them freely,
for my anger has turned from them.
5I will be as the dew to Israel;
he shall blossom as the lily,
he shall strike root as the poplar;
6his shoots shall spread out;
his beauty shall be like the olive,
and his fragrance like Lebanon.
7They shall return and dwell beneath my shadow,
they shall flourish as a garden;
they shall blossom as the vine,
their fragrance shall be like the wine of Lebanon.
8O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols?
It is I who answer and look after you.
I am like an evergreen cypress,
from me comes your fruit.

Conclusion.  Hs.14.9

9Whoever is wise,
let him understand these things;
whoever is discerning,
let him know them;
for the ways of the LORD are right,
and the upright walk in them,
but transgressors stumble in them.


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