Hosea 14

A Plea to Return to the  Lord

1 a  Return, O Israel, to the  Lord your God,
for b  you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
2Take with you words
and return to the  Lord;
say to him,
Take away all iniquity;
accept c  what is good,
and we will pay with bulls
d  the vows
Septuagint, Syriac  pay the fruit
of our lips.
3 f  Assyria shall not save us;
g  we will not ride on horses;
and h  we will say no more, ‘Our God,’
to the work of our hands.
i  In you the orphan finds mercy.”
4 I j  will heal their apostasy;
k  I will love them freely,
for my anger has turned from them.
5 l  I will be like the dew to Israel;
m  he shall blossom like the lily;
he shall take root like the trees n  of Lebanon;
6his shoots shall spread out;
his beauty shall be o  like the olive,
and his fragrance like Lebanon.
7They shall return and p  dwell beneath my
Hebrew his
shadow;
they shall flourish like the grain;
they shall blossom like the vine;
their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.
8 O r  Ephraim, what have I to do with idols?
It is I who answer and look after you.
Hebrew him

I am like an evergreen cypress;
t  from me comes your fruit.
9 u  Whoever is wise, let him understand these things;
whoever is discerning, let him know them;
for the ways of the  Lord are right,
and v  the upright walk in them,
w  but transgressors stumble in them.
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