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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

何西阿书 14:1-9

悔改带来祝福

1以色列啊,

你被自己的罪恶绊倒了,

归向你的上帝耶和华吧!

2你要归向耶和华,

向祂忏悔说:

“求你赦免我们的罪,

施恩悦纳我们,

好叫我们以赞美为祭献给你!

3我们不再向亚述求救,

不再依靠战马,

也不再称自己所造的神像为我们的上帝。

耶和华啊,只有在你那里,

孤儿才能得到怜悯。”

4耶和华说:

“我要医治他们的叛道,

心甘情愿地爱他们,

因为我的怒气已经转离他们。

5我要像甘露一样滋润以色列

使他绽放如百合花,

扎根如黎巴嫩的香柏树。

6他要长出嫩枝,

他要像橄榄树一样荣美,

黎巴嫩的香柏树一般芳香。

7他要归回,住在我的荫下。

他要茂盛如五谷,

荣美如葡萄树,

声名远扬如黎巴嫩的美酒。

8以法莲啊,你要远离偶像。

我应允你的祷告,看顾你。

我像一棵青翠的松树,

你的果实都来自于我。”

9让那些智者明白这一切,

让那些明哲了解这一切。

因为耶和华的道是正道,

义人要行走在上面,

罪人却在上面跌倒。