Hosea

Hosea 14 ©

1An exhortation to repentance. 4A promise of God's blessing.

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O ISRAEL, areturn unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.

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bTake with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, cTake away all iniquity, and 1receive us graciously: so will we render the dcalves of our lips.

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Asshur eshall 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 fin thee the fatherless findeth mercy.

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gI will heal their backsliding, hI will love them freely: ifor mine anger is turned away from him.

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I will be jas the dew unto Israel: he shall 2grow as the lily, and 3cast forth his roots as Lebanon.

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His kbranches 4shall spread, and lhis beauty shall be as the olive tree, and mhis smell as Lebanon.

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They nthat dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall orevive as the corn, and 5grow as the vine: the 6scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.

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Ephraim shall say, pWhat have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am qlike a green fir tree. rFrom me is thy fruit found.

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sWho is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for tthe ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors ushall fall therein.