Hosea 14:6
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New Living Translation
Its branches will spread out like beautiful olive trees, as fragrant as the cedars of Lebanon.

King James Bible
His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.

Darby Bible Translation
His shoots shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive-tree, and his smell as Lebanon.

World English Bible
His branches will spread, and his beauty will be like the olive tree, and his fragrance like Lebanon.

Young's Literal Translation
Go on do his sucklings, And his beauty is as an olive, And he hath fragrance as Lebanon.

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Wesley's Notes on the Bible

14:6 His branches - His branches which are new sprung out, shall gather strength, and shall multiply in number. The olive - tree - Which retains its verdure all the winter and is rich in fruit; so the true Israel of God shall flourish not in fruitless beauty, but in lovely fruit, even in winter's of affliction and trouble. As Lebanon - The mountain famous for cedars, where also were the trees that afford the frankincense, and many flowers which perfume the air; such shall the spiritual fragrance of the church be to God and man.

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The Joyous Return
"When God's right arm is bared for war, And thunders clothe his cloudy car." e'en then he stays his uplifted hand, reins in the steeds of vengeance, and holds communion with grace; "for his mercy endureth for ever," and "judgment is his strange work." To use another figure: the whole book of Hosea is like a great trial wherein witnesses have appeared against the accused, and the arguments and excuses of the guilty have been answered and baffled. All has been heard for them, and much, very much against
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 37: 1891

The Great Change
"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 fruit found."--Hosea 14:8. THIS PASSAGE IS in very vivid contrast to what Ephraim had previously said, as it is recorded in the early part of Hosea's prophecy. If you turn to the second chapter, and the fifth verse, you will find this same Ephraim saying, "I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink."
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 42: 1896

Grace Abounding
Since the word "freely" is the very key-note of the text, we must observe its common meaning among men. We use the word "freely" for that which is given without money and without price. It is opposed to all idea of bargaining, to all acceptance of an equivalent, or that which might be construed into an equivalent. A man is said to give freely when he bestows his charity on applicants simply on the ground of their poverty, hoping for nothing again. A man distributes freely when, without asking any
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 9: 1863

6Th Day. Restoring Grace.
"He is Faithful that Promised." "I will heal their backsliding."--HOSEA xiv. 4. Restoring Grace. Wandering again! And has He not left me to perish? Stumbling and straying on the dark mountains, away from the Shepherd's eye and the Shepherd's fold, shall He not leave the erring wanderer to the fruit of his own ways, and his truant heart to go hopelessly onward in its career of guilty estrangement? "My thoughts," says God, "are not as your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways." Man would say, "Go,
John Ross Macduff—The Faithful Promiser

Cross References
Psalm 92:12
But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.

Song of Solomon 4:11
Your lips are as sweet as nectar, my bride. Honey and milk are under your tongue. Your clothes are scented like the cedars of Lebanon.

Isaiah 27:6
The time is coming when Jacob's descendants will take root. Israel will bud and blossom and fill the whole earth with fruit!

Jeremiah 11:16
I, the LORD, once called them a thriving olive tree, beautiful to see and full of good fruit. But now I have sent the fury of their enemies to burn them with fire, leaving them charred and broken.

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