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Hosea - Chapter 14

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1Shomron must bear her guilt, For she has defied her God. They shall fall by the sword, Their infants shall be dashed to death, And their women with child ripped open.

TE-sham sho-ME-ron, KEE mar-TAH b'-e-lo-HE-ha, ba-KHE-rev yi-po-LU, o-le-le-HAYM ye-ru-TA-shu, v'-ha-ree-YO-ta-YAV ye-bu-KA-u. (P)

אתֶּאְשַׁם֙ שֹׁמְר֔וֹן כִּ֥י מָרְתָ֖ה בֵּאלֹהֶ֑יהָ בַּחֶ֣רֶב יִפֹּ֔לוּ עֹלְלֵיהֶ֣ם יְרֻטָּ֔שׁוּ וְהָרִיּוֹתָ֖יו יְבֻקָּֽעוּ׃

2Return, O Yisrael, to Hashem your God, For you have fallen because of your sin.

SHU-vah yis-ra-AYL AD a-do-NAI e-lo-HE-kha KEE kha-SHAL-ta ba-a-vo-NE-kha

בשׁ֚וּבָה יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל עַ֖ד יְהֹוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ כִּ֥י כָשַׁ֖לְתָּ בַּעֲוֺנֶֽךָ׃

 14:2  Return, O Yisrael, to Hashem your God

Hoshea concludes his prophecy with a direct cry to Israel to repent and return to Hashem. This is a central theme of Hoshea’s prophecies; in this short book, the Hebrew word for ‘return,’ shuv (שוב), appears twenty-five times. Hoshea holds out hope that if the people wholeheartedly repent and return, the upcoming devastation can still be avoided. But for that to happen, two things must occur. First, the people must recognize that their sinfulness has led to their predicament, as he says “you have fallen because of your sin.” More importantly, the commentators note that Hoshea uses the word ad (עד), which means ‘to,’ instead of el (אל) which means ‘towards.’ For repentance to work, it cannot be a fleeting fancy or a mere turning in God’s direction. Rather, the people must embrace a sincere commitment to renew the relationship with God and return, not just towards, but all the way to Hashem.

3Take words with you And return to Hashem. Say to Him: “Forgive all guilt And accept what is good; Instead of bulls we will pay [The offering of] our lips.

k'-KHU i-ma-KHEM d'-va-RIM v'-shu-VU el a-do-NAI im-RU e-LA-yu kol ti-SA a-VON u-kakh-TOV u-n'-sha-l'-MAH fa-REEM s'-fa-TEY-nu

גקְח֤וּ עִמָּכֶם֙ דְּבָרִ֔ים וְשׁ֖וּבוּ אֶל־יְהֹוָ֑ה אִמְר֣וּ אֵלָ֗יו כׇּל־תִּשָּׂ֤א עָוֺן֙ וְקַח־ט֔וֹב וּֽנְשַׁלְּמָ֥ה פָרִ֖ים שְׂפָתֵֽינוּ׃

4Assyria shall not save us, No more will we ride on steeds; Nor ever again will we call Our handiwork our god, Since in You alone orphans find pity!”

a-SHUR lo yo-shee-E-nu al-SUS lo nir-KAV v'-lo-NO-mar od e-lo-HE-nu l'-ma-a-SEH ya-DE-nu a-SHER b'-KHA y'-ru-KHAM ya-TOM

דאַשּׁ֣וּר ׀ לֹ֣א יוֹשִׁיעֵ֗נוּ עַל־סוּס֙ לֹ֣א נִרְכָּ֔ב וְלֹא־נֹ֥אמַר ע֛וֹד אֱלֹהֵ֖ינוּ לְמַעֲשֵׂ֣ה יָדֵ֑ינוּ אֲשֶׁר־בְּךָ֖ יְרֻחַ֥ם יָתֽוֹם׃

5I will heal their affliction, Generously will I take them back in love; For My anger has turned away from them.

er-PA m'-shu-va-TAM o-ha-VEM n'-da-VAH kee SHAV a-PEE mi-ME-nu

האֶרְפָּא֙ מְשׁ֣וּבָתָ֔ם אֹהֲבֵ֖ם נְדָבָ֑ה כִּ֛י שָׁ֥ב אַפִּ֖י מִמֶּֽנּוּ׃

6I will be to Yisrael like dew; He shall blossom like the lily, He shall strike root like a Lebanon tree.

e-h'-YE kha-TAL l'-yis-ra-AYL yif-RAKH ka-sho-SHA-na va-YAKH sho-ra-SHAV ka-le-va-NON

ואֶהְיֶ֤ה כַטַּל֙ לְיִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל יִפְרַ֖ח כַּשּׁוֹשַׁנָּ֑ה וְיַ֥ךְ שׇׁרָשָׁ֖יו כַּלְּבָנֽוֹן׃

7His boughs shall spread out far, His beauty shall be like the olive tree's, His fragrance like that of Lebanon.

ye-l'-KHU yon-ko-TAV vi-HI kha-za-YIT ho-DO v'-RAY-akh LO ka-le-va-NON

זיֵֽלְכוּ֙ יֹֽנְקוֹתָ֔יו וִיהִ֥י כַזַּ֖יִת הוֹד֑וֹ וְרֵ֥יחַֽ ל֖וֹ כַּלְּבָנֽוֹן׃

8They who sit in his shade shall be revived: They shall bring to life new grain, They shall blossom like the vine; His scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

ya-SHU-vu yosh-VAY b'-tzi-LO y'-cha-YU da-GAN v'-yif-r'-KHU ka-ga-FEN zikh-RO k'-YAYN l'-va-NON

חיָשֻׁ֙בוּ֙ יֹשְׁבֵ֣י בְצִלּ֔וֹ יְחַיּ֥וּ דָגָ֖ן וְיִפְרְח֣וּ כַגָּ֑פֶן זִכְר֖וֹ כְּיֵ֥ין לְבָנֽוֹן׃

9Efraim [shall say]: “What more have I to do with idols? When I respond and look to Him, I become like a verdant cypress.” Your fruit is provided by Me.

ef-RA-yim mah-LEE oD la-a-tza-BEEM, a-NEE a-NEE-tee va-a-shu-RE-nu, a-NEE kiv-ROSH ra-a-NAN, mi-ME-ni pe-REE-kha nim-TZA

טאֶפְרַ֕יִם מַה־לִּ֥י ע֖וֹד לָעֲצַבִּ֑ים אֲנִ֧י עָנִ֣יתִי וַאֲשׁוּרֶ֗נּוּ אֲנִי֙ כִּבְר֣וֹשׁ רַעֲנָ֔ן מִמֶּ֖נִּי פֶּרְיְךָ֥ נִמְצָֽא׃

10He who is wise will consider these words, He who is prudent will take note of them. For the paths of Hashem are smooth; The righteous can walk on them, While sinners stumble on them.

mi-KHAKHAM v'-ya-VEN e-LEH na-VON v'-ye-da-EM, KEE y'-sha-REEM dar-KAY a-do-NAI v'-tza-di-KEEM ye-l'-KHU bam, u-fo-sh'-EEM yi-ka-SHE-lu bam.

ימִ֤י חָכָם֙ וְיָ֣בֵֽן אֵ֔לֶּה נָב֖וֹן וְיֵדָעֵ֑ם כִּֽי־יְשָׁרִ֞ים דַּרְכֵ֣י יְהֹוָ֗ה וְצַדִּקִים֙ יֵ֣לְכוּ בָ֔ם וּפֹשְׁעִ֖ים יִכָּ֥שְׁלוּ בָֽם׃