The Meaning of Hosea 14:4 Explained

Hosea 14:4

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

YLT: I heal their backsliding, I love them freely, For turned back hath Mine anger from him.

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

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

What does Hosea 14:4 Mean?

Verse Meaning

When Israel repented, the Lord promised to heal the apostasy of the Israelites that had become a fatal sickness for them (cf. Hosea 6:1). He also promised to bestow His love on them generously because then He would no longer be angry with them.
"When a person collapses with sickness, it"s usually the result of a process that"s been working in the body for weeks or months. First an infection gets into the system and begins to grow. The person experiences weariness and loss of appetite, then weakness, and then the collapse occurs. When sin gets into the inner person and isn"t dealt with, it acts like an insidious infection: it grows quietly; it brings loss of spiritual appetite; it creates weariness and weakness; than comes the collapse." [1]

Context Summary

Hosea 14:1-9 - "i Will Heal Their Backsliding"
The prophet here ransacks the world of nature for phrases sufficiently expressive of his transports of joy. The whole world seems laid under contribution to set forth the love of God. The gentle dew, the rich raiment of the lily, the far-reaching spurs and roots of the Lebanon range, the spreading branches of the olive, the fragrant breath of the wind which is laden with the perfume of the land, the golden corn ripe for the sickle, the scent of the vines-these are the images with which the inspired imagination of the prophet teems.
But how deeply the chapter appeals to us! The very words that returning prodigals would adopt are set down. As we return, we hear the divine voice assuring us that our backslidings shall be healed, that there is no anger and only love, and that God Himself shall be the sap of our fruit-bearing life. Our Father wants it to be clearly understood that these promises do not belong to Israel only but to all who will accept them. [source]

Chapter Summary: Hosea 14

1  An exhortation to repentance
4  A promise of God's blessing

What do the individual words in Hosea 14:4 mean?

I will heal their backsliding I will love them freely for has turned away My anger from him
אֶרְפָּא֙ מְשׁ֣וּבָתָ֔ם אֹהֲבֵ֖ם נְדָבָ֑ה כִּ֛י שָׁ֥ב אַפִּ֖י מִמֶּֽנּוּ

אֶרְפָּא֙  I  will  heal 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Imperfect, first person common singular
Root: רָפָא  
Sense: to heal, make healthful.
מְשׁ֣וּבָתָ֔ם  their  backsliding 
Parse: Noun, feminine singular construct, third person masculine plural
Root: מְשׁוּבָה  
Sense: turning away, turning back, apostasy, backsliding.
אֹהֲבֵ֖ם  I  will  love  them 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Imperfect, first person common singular, third person masculine plural
Root: אָהַב  
Sense: to love.
נְדָבָ֑ה  freely 
Parse: Noun, feminine singular
Root: נְדָבָה  
Sense: voluntariness, free-will offering.
שָׁ֥ב  has  turned  away 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Perfect, third person masculine singular
Root: שׁוּב  
Sense: to return, turn back.
אַפִּ֖י  My  anger 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct, first person common singular
Root: אַף 
Sense: nostril, nose, face.
מִמֶּֽנּוּ  from  him 
Parse: Preposition, third person masculine singular
Root: מִן 
Sense: from, out of, on account of, off, on the side of, since, above, than, so that not, more than.