Bible: Hos 14:2-9

14:2 Return to the Lord and repent! 1 

Say to him: “Completely 2  forgive our iniquity;

accept 3  our penitential prayer, 4 

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

14:4I 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.

I am like 14  a luxuriant cypress tree; 15 

your fruitfulness comes from me! 16 

Concluding Exhortation

14:9 Who is wise?

Let him discern 17  these things!

Who is discerning?

Let him understand them!

For the ways of the Lord are right;

the godly walk in them,

but in them the rebellious stumble.

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