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Hosea 14 (Today's New International Version)

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Repentance to Bring Blessing

1 Return,1 Israel, to the LORD your God. Your sins2 have been your downfall!3 2 Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: "Forgive4 all our sins and receive us graciously,5 that we may offer the fruit of our lips.a6 3 Assyria cannot save us;7 we will not mount warhorses.8 We will never again say 'Our gods'9 to what our own hands have made,10 for in you the fatherless11 find compassion." 4 "I will heal12 their waywardness13 and love them freely,14 for my anger has turned away15 from them. 5 I will be like the dew16 to Israel; he will blossom like a lily.17 Like a cedar of Lebanon18 he will send down his roots;19 6 his young shoots will grow. His splendor will be like an olive tree,20 his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.21 7 People will dwell again in his shade;22 they will flourish like the grain, they will blossom23 like the vine-- Israel's fame will be like the wine24 of Lebanon.25 8 Ephraim, what more have Ib to do with idols?26 I will answer him and care for him. I am like a flourishing juniper;27 your fruitfulness comes from me." 9 Who is wise?28 Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand.29 The ways of the LORD are right;30 the righteous walk31 in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.
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