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Hosea 14:4

    Hosea 14:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for my anger is turned away from him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely; for mine anger is turned away from him.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I will put right their errors; freely will my love be given to them, for my wrath is turned away from him.

    Webster's Revision

    I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely; for mine anger is turned away from him.

    World English Bible

    "I will heal their waywardness. I will love them freely; for my anger is turned away from him.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him..

    Clarke's Commentary on Hosea 14:4

    I will heal their backsliding - Here is the answer of God to these prayers and resolutions. See its parts: -

    1. Ye have backslidden and fallen, and are grievously and mortally wounded by that fall; but I, who am the Author of life, and who redeem from death, will heal all these wounds and spiritual diseases.

    2. I will love them freely - נדבה nedabah, after a liberal, princely manner. I will love them so as to do them incessant good. It shall not be a love of affection merely, but shall be a beneficial love. A love that not only feels delight in itself, but fills them with delight who are its objects, by making them unutterably and supremely happy.

    3. For mine anger is turned away from him - Because he has turned back to me. Thus God and man become friends.

    Barnes' Notes on Hosea 14:4

    I will heal their backsliding - God, in answer, promises to "heal" that wound of their souls, from where every other evil came, their fickleness and unsteadfastness. Hitherto, this had been the characteristic of Israel. "Within a while they forgat His works, and would not abide His counsels" Psalm 106:13. "They forgat what He had done. Their heart was not whole with Him; neither continued they steadfast in His covenant. They turned back and tempted God. They kept not His testimonies, but turned back and fell way like their forefathers, starting aside like a broken bow" Psalm 78:12, Psalm 78:37, Psalm 78:42, Psalm 78:57-58. Steadfastness to the end is the special gift of the Gospel. "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. The gates of hell shall not prevail against it" Matthew 28:20; Matthew 16:18. And to individuals, "Jesus, having loved His own, loved them unto the end" John 13:1. In healing that disease of unsteadfastness, God healed all besides. This He did to all, wheresoever or howsoever dispersed, who received the Gospel; this He doth still; and this He will do completely in the end, when "all Israel shall be saved."

    I will love them freely - that is, as the word means, "impelled" thereto by Himself alone, and so, (as used of God) moved by His own Essential Bountifulness, the exceedling greatness of His Goodness, largely, bountifully. God "loves" us "freely" in loving us against our deserts, because He "is love;" He "loves" us "freely" in that He freely became Man, and, having become Man freely shed His Blood for the remission of our sins, freely forgave our sins; He "loves" us "freely," in "giving us grace, according to the good pleasure of His will" Ephesians 1:5, to become pleasing to Him, and causing all good in us; He "loves" us "freely," in rewarding infinitely the good which we have from "Him." : "More manifestly here speaketh the Person of the Saviour Himself, promising His own Coming to the salvation of penitents, with sweetly sounding promise, with sweetness full of grace."

    For Mine anger is turned away from him - As He says, "In My wrath I smote thee; but in My favor have I had mercy on thee" Isaiah 60:10. He doth not withhold only, or suspend His anger, but He taketh it away wholly. So the Psalmist saith, "Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of Thy people; Thou hast covered all their sin; Thou hast taken away all Thy wrath; Thou hast turned from the fierceness of Thine anger" Psalm 85:2-3.