Old Testament Commentary - Hosea 14

by Don R. Hender

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                 CHAPTER 14               

In the last days, Ephraim shall repent and return unto the Lord.

 1 O ISRAEL, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast afallen by thine iniquity.
 2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we arender the bcalves of our lips.
 3 aAsshur shall not bsave us; we will not ride upon chorses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the dfatherless findeth mercy.
 4 ¶ I will heal their backsliding, I will alove them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.
 5 I will be as the adew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
 6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the aolive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
 7 They that dwell under his shadow shall returna; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
 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.
 9 Who is awise, and he shall understand these things? bprudent, and he shall know them? for the cways of the LORD are right, and the just shall dwalk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
 7a they that dwell under his shadow shall return Hosea ends upon the positive note that scattered Israel, that is scattered Ephraim, shall be returned unto the Lord. And so also all of his, Ephraim's, companions. The blood of Israel/Ephraim is dominant and though scattered and sifted into the nations of the world, all 'they that dwell under his shadow', that is all that come under the umbrella of scattered Ephraim or Israel, shall return. This the restored gospel is doing, Ephraim and his companions are returning and the promises of the fathers (D&C 27:10) are being fulfilled as they were preserved in Ephraim to come forth unto all the world in fulfillment of Abrham's covenant that all the nations of the earth would be blessed through his seed; particularly the Messiah and generally by those who come under the seed of Ephraim.