Bible: Hos 14:2-9
14:2 Return to the
Say to him: “Completely 2 forgive our iniquity;
that we may offer the praise of our lips as sacrificial bulls. 5
14:3 Assyria cannot save us;
we will not ride warhorses.
We will never again say, ‘Our gods’
to what our own hands have made.
For only you will show compassion to Orphan Israel!” 6
Divine Promise to Relent from Judgment and to Restore Blessings
14:4 “I will heal their waywardness 7
and love them freely, 8
for my anger will turn 9 away from them.
14:5 I will be like the dew to Israel;
he will blossom like a lily,
he will send down his roots like a cedar of 10 Lebanon.
14:6 His young shoots will grow;
his splendor will be like an olive tree,
his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.
14:7 People will reside again 11 in his shade;
they will plant and harvest grain in abundance. 12
They will blossom like a vine,
and his fame will be like the wine from Lebanon.
14:8 O Ephraim, I do not want to have anything to do 13 with idols anymore!
I will answer him and care for him.
your fruitfulness comes from me! 16
14:9 Who is wise?
Let him discern 17 these things!
Who is discerning?
Let him understand them!
For the ways of the
the godly walk in them,
but in them the rebellious stumble.