Bible: Hosea 14:1-8
Prophetic Call to Genuine Repentance
14:1 Return, O Israel, to the
for your sin has been your downfall! 1
14:2 Return to the
Say to him: “Completely 3 forgive our iniquity;
that we may offer the praise of our lips as sacrificial bulls. 6
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!” 7
Divine Promise to Relent from Judgment and to Restore Blessings
14:4 “I will heal their waywardness 8
and love them freely, 9
for my anger will turn 10 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 11 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 12 in his shade;
they will plant and harvest grain in abundance. 13
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 14 with idols anymore!
I will answer him and care for him.
your fruitfulness comes from me! 17