kjv@Hosea:14:1@ O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.
kjv@Hosea: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.
kjv@Hosea: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 mercy.
kjv@Hosea:14:4@ I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.
kjv@Hosea:14:5@ I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
kjv@Hosea:14:6@ His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
kjv@Hosea: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.
kjv@Hosea: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.
kjv@Hosea: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.
We tend as readers to read these things clinically from the top down knowing how the Lord feels about them. Imagine these things down looking up from the street view. Who is this Hosea? Why does he say the things that he does? Does he not love his nation Israel? What wrong has Israel done and who have they harmed? Sure there are idols but then where is the God who delivered us from out of Egypt? Why does He not deliver us now? You see how deceitful hearts work; they work the same today as yesterday. When it comes to blessings everyone is all for it, when it comes to correction there is nothing to be corrected for/by. As if God needed correcting, we pray to God for Him to change His mind. Who then shall be wise to these matters?
2012 - pBiblx2 Field Wise Bible System Version 2.0.9d - GPL3