Hosea 14

1Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God; for the people have fallen through your iniquities. 2Take with you words, and turn to the Lord your God. Speak to Him, that you may not receive the reward of unrighteousness, but that you may receive good things; and we will render in return the fruit of our lips. 3Assyria shall never save us; we will not mount on horseback; we will no longer say to the works of our hands, Our gods. He who is in you shall pity the orphan. 4I will restore their dwellings, I will love them truly: for he has turned away My wrath from him. 5I will be as dew to Israel: he shall bloom as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. 6His branches shall spread, and he shall be as a fruitful olive, and his smell shall be as the smell of Lebanon. 7They shall return, and dwell under his shadow: they shall live and be satisfied with grain, and he shall flower like a vine. His memorial shall be to Ephraim as the wine of Lebanon. 8What has he to do anymore with idols? I have afflicted him, and I will strengthen him. I am as a leafy juniper tree. From Me is your fruit found. 9Who is wise, and will understand these things? Or prudent, and will know them? For the ways of the Lord are straight, and the righteous shall walk in them; but the ungodly shall fall therein.
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