Hosea 14:2–9

Take with you words

and return to the Lord;

say to him,

“Take away all iniquity;

accept that which is good

and we will render

the fruit* of our lips.

Assyria shall not save us,

we will not ride upon horses;

and we will say no more, ‘Our God,’

to the work of our hands.

In thee the orphan finds mercy.”

I will heal their faithlessness;

I will love them freely,

for my anger has turned from them.

I will be as the dew to Israel;

he shall blossom as the lily,

he shall strike root as the poplar;u

his shoots shall spread out;

his beauty shall be like the olive,

and his fragrance like Lebanon.

They shall return and dwell beneath myv shadow,

they shall flourish as a garden;w

they shall blossom as the vine,

their fragrance shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols?

It is I who answer and look after you.*

I am like an evergreen cypress,

from me comes your fruit.

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 upright walk in them,

but transgressors stumble in them.

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