Hosea 14 New International Version

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Israel Entreated to Return to the LORD

14 1  Return, Israel, to the Lord your God. Your sins have been your downfall! 2  Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: "Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.[1] 3  Assyria cannot save us; we will not mount warhorses. We will never again say 'Our gods' to what our own hands have made, for in you the fatherless find compassion."

4  "I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. 5  I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily. Like a cedar of Lebanon he will send down his roots; 6  his young shoots will grow. His splendor will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon. 7  People will dwell again in his shade; they will flourish like the grain, they will blossom like the vine- Israel's fame will be like the wine of Lebanon.

8  Ephraim, what more have I[2] to do with idols? I will answer him and care for him. I am like a flourishing juniper; your fruitfulness comes from me." 9  Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.

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Footnotes

[1] 14:2 Or "offer our lips as sacrifices of bulls"

[2] 14:8 Or Hebrew; Septuagint "What more has Ephraim"

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