Repentance to Bring Blessing
14:1 O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for
thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.
14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto
him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so
will we render the calves of our lips.
14:3 Asshur shall 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
14:4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them
freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.
14:5 I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the
lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
14:6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as
the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
14:7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they
shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent
thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
14:8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with
idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green
fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.
14:9 Who is 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.