Selections from Hosea 13 and 14
13:1 – When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling;
he was exalted in Israel,
but he incurred guilt through Baal and died.
 And now they sin more and more,
and make for themselves metal images,
idols skillfully made of their silver,
all of them the work of craftsmen.
It is said of them,
“Those who offer human sacrifice kiss calves!”
 Therefore they shall be like the morning mist
or like the dew that goes early away,
like the chaff that swirls from the threshing floor
or like smoke from a window.
 But I am the LORD your God
from the land of Egypt;
you know no God but me,
and besides me there is no savior.
 It was I who knew you in the wilderness,
in the land of drought;
 but when they had grazed, they became full,
they were filled, and their heart was lifted up;
therefore they forgot me.
14:1 -Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God,
for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
 Take with you words
and return to the LORD;
say to him,
“Take away all iniquity;
accept what is good,
and we will pay with bulls
the vows of our lips.
 Assyria shall not save us;
we will not ride on horses;
and we will say no more, ‘Our God,’
to the work of our hands.
In you the orphan finds mercy.”
 I will heal their apostasy;
I will love them freely,
for my anger has turned from them.
 I will be like the dew to Israel;
he shall blossom like the lily;
he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon;
 his shoots shall spread out;
his beauty shall be like the olive,
and his fragrance like Lebanon.
 They shall return and dwell beneath my shadow;
they shall flourish like the grain;
they shall blossom like the vine;
their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.
 O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols?
It is I who answer and look after you.
I am like an evergreen cypress;
from me comes your fruit.
 Whoever is wise, let him understand these things;
whoever is discerning, let him know them;
for the ways of the LORD are right,
and the upright walk in them,
but transgressors stumble in them.