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Oséias 14

1 O Israel,He exhorts them to repentance to avoid all these plagues, exhorting them to declare by words their obedience and repentance.return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.

2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him,He shows them that they ought to confess their sins.Take away all iniquity, and receive [us] graciously: so will we render the calves of ourDeclaring that this is the true sacrifice that the faithful can offer, even thanks and praise; (Heb_13:15).lips.

3 Asshur shallWe will forsake all vain confidence and pride.not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, [Ye are] our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.

4 He declares how ready God is to receive those that do repent.I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.

5 {cf2 (14:6)} I will be as the dewe vnto Israel: he shall grow as the lilie and fasten his rootes, as the trees of Lebanon.

6 {cf2 (14:7)} His branches shall spread, and his beautie shalbe as the oliue tree, and his smel as Lebanon.

7 They that dwell under hisWhoever unites themselves to this people will be blessed.shadow shall return; they shall revive [as] the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof [shall be] as the wine of Lebanon.

8 Ephraim [shall say], What have I to do any more with idols? IGod shows how prompt he is to hear his own when they repent, and to offer himself as a protection and safeguard for them, as a most sufficient fruit and benefit.have heard [him], and observed him: I [am] like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.

9 Who [is]Signifying that the true wisdom and knowledge consists in this, even to rest upon God.wise, and he shall understand these [things]? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD [are] right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

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