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Bible Commentaries
Hosea 14

Smith's Bible CommentarySmith's Commentary

Verses 1-9

Chapter 14

Chapter 14 ends God's plea with the people. His arms are always open; He's always ready to forgive.

O Israel, [God said,] return unto the LORD thy God ( Hsa Hosea 14:1 );

You've gone away, you've turned after Baal, you've turned after your idols, you worshipped the calf, but return.

for you have fallen by your iniquity ( Hsa Hosea 14:1 ).

It has been your ruin. It's been your downfall.

Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away our iniquity, and receive us graciously: so we will render the calves of our lips ( Hsa Hosea 14:2 ).

God is even putting the prayer in their mouths. He's saying just call unto God, ask God for forgiveness. Just say, "Oh, Lord, forgive us. Take away our iniquity and be gracious to us."

For 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 God, the true God,] in thee the fatherless find mercy ( Hsa Hosea 14:3 ).

Now God is saying, "If you'll but do this then... "

I will heal your backsliding, and I will love you freely: for my anger will be turned away ( Hsa Hosea 14:3 )

Oh just ask, ask Me to forgive your iniquities, ask Me to be gracious to you and I will love you,

I will heal you from your backsliding, and I will turn my anger away. I will be as the dew unto Israel: and he will grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots in Lebanon. His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and the smell as Lebanon. They that dwell under his shadow shall return; and they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: and the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon. Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him ( Hsa Hosea 14:3-8 ):

I've heard God; I've seen God. I'll have nothing more to do with idols because I've seen the true and the living God. God's promising them all these blessings if you'll just turn to Me, ask Me to forgive your iniquities, ask Me to be gracious and I will. I will do this for you.

Now, Ephraim, earlier in Hosea God said, "Ephraim is joined to her idols, let her alone." She's hopelessly bound up in her idolatry, but God foresees the day when they turn back to Him. The Bible says in Zechariah, "They shall look upon Him whom they have pierced." And in that day when they look upon Him whom they have pierced and they recognize that Jesus indeed is God's promised Messiah and they open their hearts to receive Him, there's gonna be such a glorious reunion as they in love and repentance reach out to God and He in love reaches out to them and restores them. And they do away with idols completely.

I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found. Who is wise, 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 ( Hsa Hosea 14:8-9 ).

Who is wise? Prudent? He'll understand this: the ways of the Lord are right. You're wise and you're prudent when you understand that. When you no longer seek to walk in your own way but you determine that the ways of the Lord are right and the just shall walk in them, but those transgressors shall fall therein.

Shall we pray.

Thank you, Father, for Your love that never ceases, for Your mercies that are new every morning, for Your grace that You have bestowed so freely, fully, and abundantly upon our lives. Thank You, Lord, for loving us and drawing us with bands and cords of love unto Thyself. Thank You for putting Your Spirit upon us. Thank You for showing us Your way. Now may we walk in the ways of the Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.

May God bless you and keep His hand upon your life, to guide, to strengthen, to bless. May the Lord be with you throughout all your activities this week. May He minister to your life in such a way that you'll be very conscious of the presence of God. May He just burst upon the scene and may you just recognize His nearness and His grace and His love and just be overwhelmed by the goodness of God. May the Lord bless, watch over and keep you through Jesus Christ our Lord. "

Bibliographical Information
Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Hosea 14". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/csc/hosea-14.html. 2014.
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