Hosea 14 (New American Standard)

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Israel's Future Blessing

1 a1Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, For you have stumbled bbecause of your 2iniquity. 2 Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to Him, "3Take away all iniquity And creceive us graciously, That we may 4present dthe fruit of our lips. 3 "Assyria will not save us, We will 5not ride on horses; Nor will we say again, '6Our god,' To the 7work of our hands; For in 8You the eorphan finds mercy." 4 I will 9heal their apostasy, I will 10love them freely, For My anger has 11turned away from them. 5 I will be like the 12dew to Israel; He will blossom like the 13lily, And he will ftake root like the cedars of 14Lebanon. 6 His shoots will gsprout, And his hbeauty will be like the 15olive tree And his fragrance like the cedars of 16Lebanon. 7 Those who 17live in his shadow Will iagain raise 18grain, And they will blossom like the vine. His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon. 8 O Ephraim, what more have I to do with 19idols? It is I who answer and look after jyou. I am like a luxuriant 20cypress; From 21Me comes your fruit. 9 22Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; Whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the 23ways of the LORD are right, And the 24righteous will walk in them, But 25transgressors will stumble in them.
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