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Hosea 14 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. 1 Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God. Your sins have been your downfall!
2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. 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.
3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy . 3 Assyria cannot save us; we will not mount war-horses. We will never again say 'Our gods' to what our own hands have made, for in you the fatherless find compassion."
4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. 4 "I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.
5 I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. 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;
6 His branches shall spread , and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. 6 his young shoots will grow. His splendor will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.
7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return ; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon. 7 Men will dwell again in his shade. He will flourish like the grain. He will blossom like a vine, and his fame will be like the wine from Lebanon.
8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found . 8 O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols? I will answer him and care for him. I am like a green pine tree; your fruitfulness comes from me."
9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent , and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein. 9 Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.