Return do the dwellers under his shadow, They revive as corn, and flourish as a vine, His memorial is as wine of Lebanon.
Hosea 14:7 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They that dwell under his shadow shall return - The Targum is curious: "They shall be gathered together from the midst of their captivity; they shall dwell under the shadow of his Christ, and the dead shall revive."
They shall revive as the corn - The justness and beauty of this metaphor is not generally perceived. After the corn has been a short time above the earth, in a single spike, the blades begin to separate, and the stalk to spring out of the center. The side leaves turn back to make way for the protruding stalk; and fall bending down to the earth, assuming a withered appearance, though still attached to the plant. To look at the corn in this state, no one, unacquainted with the circumstance, could entertain any sanguine hope of a copious harvest. In a short time other leaves spring out; the former freshen, and begin to stand erect; and the whole seems to revive from a vegetative death. This is the circumstance to which the prophet refers "they shall revive as the corn." Of this a prudent and profitable use may be made.
1. When a soul is first "drawn by the cords of love," Hosea 11:4, every thing seems to it promising, comfortable, and delightful, like the corn in its first state.
2. But when the Spirit of judgment brings to the light of conscience the hidden things of iniquity, and repentance is deepened into contrition, the broken and the contrite heart groans, and thinks that all is lost; deep distress takes place, and discouragement succeeds discouragement. This answers to the corn in its second state.
3. By and by the pardon comes, and God's love is shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Ghost; every hope is revived and realized, the full corn in the ear becomes manifest; and this answers to the corn in its third state. "They shall revive as the corn." Glory be to God for his unspeakable gift!
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Psalm 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Songs 2:3 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight...
Isaiah 32:1,2 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment...
Hosea 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
Psalm 85:6 Will you not revive us again: that your people may rejoice in you?
Psalm 138:7 Though I walk in the middle of trouble, you will revive me: you shall stretch forth your hand against the wrath of my enemies...
Isaiah 61:11 For as the earth brings forth her bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth...
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
John 12:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it stays alone: but if it die...
1 Corinthians 15:36-38 You fool, that which you sow is not quickened, except it die...
grow. or, blossom.
Hosea 14:5 I will be as the dew to Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
Songs 6:11 I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished and the pomegranates budded...
Zechariah 8:12 For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase...
scent. or, memorial.
Hosea 14:7 Parallel CommentariesBeneath Blossom Corn Dwell Flourish Flowers Fragrance Grain Grow Lebanon Raise Renown Rest Revive Scent Shade Shadow Sit Thereof Vine WineBeneath Blossom Corn Dwell Flourish Flowers Fragrance Grain Grow Lebanon Raise Renown Rest Revive Scent Shade Shadow Sit Thereof Vine WineTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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