Hosea 14

Israel’s Future Blessing

Ch 14:2 in Heb
b  Return, O Israel, to the  Lord your God,
For you have stumbled
Or in
because of your d  iniquity.
2Take words with you and return to the  Lord.
Say to Him, e  Take away all iniquity
Or accept that which is good
receive us graciously,
That we may g  present
So with ancient versions; M.T. our lips as bulls
the fruit of our lips.
3Assyria will not save us,
We will i  not ride on horses;
Nor will we say again, ‘ j  Our god,’
To the k  work of our hands;
For in l  You the
Or fatherless
orphan finds mercy.”

4I will n  heal their apostasy,
I will o  love them freely,
For My anger has p  turned away from them.
5I will be like the q  dew to Israel;
He will blossom like the r  lily,
And he will
Lit strike his roots
take root like the cedars of t  Lebanon.
6His shoots will
Lit go
And his
Or splendor
beauty will be like the w  olive tree
And his fragrance like the cedars of x  Lebanon.
7Those who y  live in his shadow
Or return, they will raise grain
again raise aa  grain,
And they will blossom like the vine.
His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon.

8O Ephraim, what more have I to do with ab  idols?
It is I who answer and look after
Lit him
I am like a luxuriant ad  cypress;
From ae  Me comes your fruit.

9 af  Whoever is wise, let him understand these things;
Whoever is discerning, let him know them.
For the ag  ways of the  Lord are right,
And the ah  righteous will walk in them,
But ai  transgressors will stumble in them.

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