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 of our lips.

References for Hosea 14:2

    • a 14:2 - Gk Syr: Heb [bulls]
      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.

      References for Hosea 14:5

        • b 14:5 - Cn: Heb [like Lebanon]
          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 shadow, they shall flourish as a garden; they shall blossom like the vine, their fragrance shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

          References for Hosea 14:7

            • c 14:7 - Heb [his]
            • d 14:7 - Cn: Heb [they shall grow grain]
              8 O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like an evergreen cypress; your faithfulness comes from me.

              References for Hosea 14:8

                • e 14:8 - Or [What more has Ephraim]
                • f 14:8 - Heb [him]
                • g 14:8 - Heb [your fruit]
                  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.