A Plea to Return to the Lord

Hosea 14

1 O Israel, a return 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 iniquity;
Receive us graciously,
For we will offer the b sacrifices 1 of our lips.
3 Assyria shall c not save us,
d We will not ride on horses,
Nor will we say anymore to the work of our hands,
' You are our gods.'
e For in You the fatherless finds mercy."

4 "I will heal their f backsliding,
I will g love them freely,
For My anger has turned away from him.
5 I will be like the h dew to Israel;
He shall 2 grow like the lily,
And 3 lengthen his roots like Lebanon.
6 His branches shall 4 spread;
i His beauty shall be like an olive tree,
And j his fragrance like Lebanon.
7 k Those who dwell under his shadow shall return;
They shall be revived like grain,
And 5 grow like a vine.
Their 6 scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

8 " Ephraim shall say,
'What have I to do anymore with idols?'
I have heard and observed him.
I am like a green cypress tree;
l Your fruit is found in Me."

9 Who is wise?
Let him understand these things.
Who is prudent?
Let him know them.
For m the ways of the LORD are right;
The righteous walk in them,
But transgressors stumble in them.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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