Hosea 14

A plea: Return to God

1 Return, Israel, to the LORD your God; you have stumbled because of your wickedness.
2 Prepare to speak and return to the LORD; say to the LORD, "Forgive all wickedness; and receive the good. Instead of bulls, let us offer what we can say:
3 Assyria won't save us; we won't ride upon horses; we will no longer say, ‘Our God,' to the work of our hands. In you the orphan finds compassion."

Divine promise of healing

4 I will heal their faithlessness; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them.
5 I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like the lily; he will cast out his roots like the forests of Lebanon.
6 His branches will spread out; his beauty will be like the olive tree, and his fragrance like that of Lebanon.
7 They will again live beneath my shadow, they will flourish like a garden; they will blossom like the vine, their fragrance will be like the wine of Lebanon.
8 Ephraim, what do idols have to do with me? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like a green cypress tree; your fruit comes from me.

Be careful

9 Whoever is wise understands these things. Whoever observes carefully knows them. Truly, the LORD's ways are right, and the righteous will walk in them, but evildoers will stumble in them.
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