Hosea 14 ©
Israel is exhorted to true repentance, and taught how to practice the same, v. 1, etc. With gracious promises of the grace and blessings to come, under the Messiah, 4. They are diligently directed to observe, to consider, to put in practice both these and all other Divine instructions, 10.
O ISRAEL, 1returna unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast 2fallen by thine iniquity.
Take with you 3words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, 4Take away all iniquity, and 5receive us 6graciously: so will we 7render the 8calves of our lips.b
9Asshur shall not save us; we will not 10ride upon 11horses: neither will we say any more to the 12work of our hands, Ye are our 13gods: 14for in thee the 15fatherless findeth mercy.
¶ 16I will 17heal their backsliding, I will love them 18freely: for mine anger is turned away from 19him.
20I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as 21Lebanon.
His branches 22shall spread, and 23his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
24They that dwell under 25his shadow shall return; they shall 26revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: 27the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
28Ephraim shall say, 29What have I to do any more with idols? I have 30heard him, and 31observed him: I am like a green 32fir tree. From me is 33thy fruit found.
34Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall 35know them? for the 36ways of the LORD are 37right, and the just shall 38walk in them: but the 39transgressors shall fall therein.