Hosea 14:2-9 NIV

2 Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.a

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    •  14:2 - Or "offer our lips as sacrifices of bulls"
      3 Assyria cannot save us; we will not mount warhorses. We will never again say ‘Our gods’ to what our own hands have made, for in you the fatherless find compassion.”

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      4 “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.

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      5 I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily. Like a cedar of Lebanon he will send down his roots;

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      6 his young shoots will grow. His splendor will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.

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      7 People will dwell again in his shade; they will flourish like the grain, they will blossom like the vine— Israel’s fame will be like the wine of Lebanon.

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      8 Ephraim, what more have Ib to do with idols? I will answer him and care for him. I am like a flourishing juniper; your fruitfulness comes from me.”

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        • ‚ 14:8 - Or Hebrew; Septuagint "What more has Ephraim"
          9 Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.

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