Hosea 14:2-9 NIV

2 Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: "Forgive1 all our sins and receive us graciously,2 that we may offer the fruit of our lips.a3

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    • a 14:2 - Or "offer our lips as sacrifices of bulls"
      3 Assyria cannot save us;4 we will not mount war-horses.5 We will never again say 'Our gods'6 to what our own hands have made,7 for in you the fatherless8 find compassion."

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      4 "I will heal9 their waywardness10 and love them freely,11 for my anger has turned away12 from them.

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      5 I will be like the dew13 to Israel; he will blossom like a lily.14 Like a cedar of Lebanon15 he will send down his roots;16

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      6 his young shoots will grow. His splendor will be like an olive tree,17 his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.18

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      7 Men will dwell again in his shade.19 He will flourish like the grain. He will blossom20 like a vine, and his fame will be like the wine21 from Lebanon.22

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      8 O Ephraim, what more have Ib to do with idols?23 I will answer him and care for him. I am like a green pine24 tree; your fruitfulness comes from me."

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        • b 14:8 - Or "What more has Ephraim"
          9 Who is wise?25 He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them.26 The ways of the LORD are right;27 the righteous walk28 in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.

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