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Hosea 14 (New Revised Standard)

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1 Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. 2 Take words with you and return to the Lord; say to him, "Take away all guilt; accept that which is good, and we will offer the fruit a of our lips. 3 Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses; we will say no more, "Our God,' to the work of our hands. In you the orphan finds mercy." 4 I will heal their disloyalty; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them. 5 I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily, he shall strike root like the forests of Lebanon. b 6 His shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall be like the olive tree, and his fragrance like that of Lebanon. 7 They shall again live beneath my c shadow, they shall flourish as a garden; d they shall blossom like the vine, their fragrance shall be like the wine of Lebanon. 8 O Ephraim, what have I e to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. f I am like an evergreen cypress; your faithfulness g comes from me. 9 Those who are wise understand these things; those who are discerning know them. For the ways of the Lord are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.
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