Israel’s Future Blessing
14 [a]Return, Israel, to the Lord your God,
For you have stumbled [b]because of your wrongdoing.
2 Take words with you and return to the Lord.
Say to Him, “Take away all guilt
And [c]receive us graciously,
So that we may present [d]the fruit of our lips.
3 Assyria will not save us,
We will not ride on horses;
Nor will we say again, ‘Our god’
To the work of our hands;
For in You the [e]orphan finds mercy.”
4 I will heal their apostasy,
I will love them freely,
Because My anger has turned away from them.
5 I will be like the dew to Israel;
He will blossom like the lily,
And he will [f]take root like the cedars of Lebanon.
6 His shoots will [g]sprout,
His [h]majesty will be like the olive tree,
And his fragrance like the cedars of Lebanon.
7 Those who live in his shadow
Will [i]again raise grain,
And they will blossom like the vine.
His fame will be like the wine of Lebanon.
8 Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols?
It is I who answer and look after [j]you.
I am like a luxuriant juniper;
From Me [k]comes your fruit.
9 Whoever is wise, let him understand these things;
Whoever is discerning, let him know them.
For the ways of the Lord are right,
And the righteous will walk in them,
But wrongdoers will stumble in them.
- Hosea 14:1 Ch 14:2 in Heb
- Hosea 14:1 Or in
- Hosea 14:2 Or accept that which is good
- Hosea 14:2 As in ancient versions; MT our lips as bulls
- Hosea 14:3 Or fatherless
- Hosea 14:5 Lit strike his roots
- Hosea 14:6 Lit go
- Hosea 14:6 Lit splendor
- Hosea 14:7 Or return, they will raise grain
- Hosea 14:8 Lit him
- Hosea 14:8 Lit is found