Hosea 14 King James Version

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Israel Entreated to Return to the LORD

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

4  I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. 5  I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow [2] as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. 6  His branches shall spread, [3] and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. 7  They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow [4] as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.

8  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  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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Footnotes

[1] 14:2 receive...: or, give good

[2] 14:5 grow: or, blossom

[3] 14:6 spread: Heb. go

[4] 14:7 grow: or, blossom

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