New International Version – UK

Hosea 14:1-9

Repentance to bring blessing

In Hebrew texts 14:1-9 is numbered 14:2-10. 1Return, Israel, to the Lord your God.

Your sins have been your downfall!

2Take words with you

and return to the Lord.

Say to him:

‘Forgive all our sins

and receive us graciously,

that we may offer the fruit of our lips.14:2 Or offer our lips as sacrifices of bulls

3Assyria cannot save us;

we will not mount warhorses.

We will never again say “Our gods”

to what our own hands have made,

for in you the fatherless find compassion.’

4‘I will heal their waywardness

and love them freely,

for my anger has turned away from them.

5I will be like the dew to Israel;

he will blossom like a lily.

Like a cedar of Lebanon

he will send down his roots;

6his young shoots will grow.

His splendour will be like an olive tree,

his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.

7People will dwell again in his shade;

they will flourish like the corn,

they will blossom like the vine –

Israel’s fame will be like the wine of Lebanon.

8Ephraim, what more have I14:8 Or Hebrew; Septuagint What more has Ephraim to do with idols?

I will answer him and care for him.

I am like a flourishing juniper;

your fruitfulness comes from me.’

9Who is wise? Let them realise these things.

Who is discerning? Let them understand.

The ways of the Lord are right;

the righteous walk in them,

but the rebellious stumble in them.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

Hosea 14:1-9

Ahonu De Nhyira Ba

1Israel, san wʼakyi kɔ Awurade wo Nyankopɔn nkyɛn.

Wʼasehwe fi wo bɔne!

2Fa wo nsɛm a wowɔ

san kɔ Awurade nkyɛn.

Ka kyerɛ no se,

“Fa yɛn bɔne nyinaa kyɛ yɛn,

na fa ahummɔbɔ gye yɛn,

na yɛatumi ayi wo ayɛ.

3Asiria rentumi nnye yɛn;

yɛrentena akofo apɔnkɔ so.

Yɛrenka bio da se, ‘Yɛn anyame’

nkyerɛ nea yɛn ara de yɛn nsa ayɛ,

na wo mu na ayisaa nya mmɔborɔhunu.”

4“Mɛsa wɔn asoɔden yare.

Mefi me koma mu adɔ wɔn,

efisɛ mʼabufuw nni wɔn so bio.

5Mɛyɛ sɛ obosu ama Israel.

Ɔbɛfefɛw ayɛ frɔmfrɔm te sɛ sukooko.

Te sɛ Lebanon sida no,

ɔde ne ntin betim fam;

6ne mman bɛdennan.

Nʼahoɔfɛ bɛyɛ sɛ ngodua,

na ne hua ayɛ sɛ Lebanon sida.

7Nnipa bɛtena ne nwini ase bio.

Obenyin ayɛ frɔmfrɔm te sɛ aburow.

Ɔbɛfefɛw ayɛ frɔmfrɔm te sɛ bobe,

na ne din a ahyeta bɛyɛ sɛ nsa a efi Lebanon.

8Efraim dɛn na me ne ahoni wɔ yɛ bio?

Megye no so na mʼani aku ne ho.

Mete sɛ dua a nʼahaban mpo;

sɛ wobɛsow aba a, egyina me so.”

9Hena ne onyansafo? Obehu eyinom mu.

Hena na ɔwɔ nhumu? Ɔbɛte eyinom ase.

Awurade akwan teɛ.

Atreneefo nantew so,

nanso asoɔdenfo hintiw wɔ mu.