14:1 \13:16\Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.
14:2 \14:1\O Israel, return to the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thy iniquity.
14:3 \14:2\Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say to him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.
14:4 \14:3\Ashur 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.
14:5 \14:4\I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for my anger is turned away from him.
14:6 \14:5\I will be as the dew to Israel: he shall grow as the lily and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
14:7 \14:6\His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive-tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
14:8 \14:7\They that dwell under his shade shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent of it shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
14:9 \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.
14:10 \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 in them.
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