A picture of the saved ones from Israel
¶ O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by
2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.
.3 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 thee the fatherless findeth mercy.
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The Lord will save us by His power, not our own, but the coming is our
responsibility, with His strength. See on ho1204.
2 - What a blessing we may claim! This is beyond forgiveness.
3 - The evil of idols is more than that they are illogical.
¶ I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine
anger is turned away from him.
.5 I will be as the dew 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 olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
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Backsliding "Apostasy" is suggested as a more accurate term.
4 - Freely "with a gratuitous, unmerited, and abundant love (Eze 16:60-63). So as to the spiritual Israel (Joh 15:16; Ro 3:24; 5:8; 1Jo 4:10)." (JFB Commentary).
5 - As the dew It falls in abundance in the East; not as the early dew that evaporates quickly ho0603,4; job2919; pr1912.
¶ 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
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 therein.
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found No longer an empty vine ho1001,
9 - Ways of the Lord are right A profound concept. Following His ways, as summarized in His law, is the way of happiness and peace.