For ashe is not My wife, nor am I her Husband!
Let her put away her bharlotries from her sight,
And her adulteries from between her breasts;
3 Lest cI strip her naked
And expose her, as in the day she was dborn,
And make her like a wilderness,
And set her like a dry land,
And slay her with ethirst.
For they are the fchildren of harlotry.
She who conceived them has behaved shamefully.
For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers,
gWho give me my bread and my water,
My wool and my linen,
My oil and my drink.’
hI will hedge up your way with thorns,
And 5wall her in,
So that she cannot find her paths.
7 She will 6chase her lovers,
But not overtake them;
Yes, she will seek them, but not find them.
Then she will say,
For then it was better for me than now.’
8 For she did not kknow
That I gave her grain, new wine, and oil,
And multiplied her silver and gold—
Which they prepared for Baal.
My grain in its time
And My new wine in its season,
And will take back My wool and My linen,
Given to cover her nakedness.
10 Now lI will uncover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers,
And no one shall deliver her from My hand.
11 mI will also cause all her mirth to cease,
Her feast days,
Her New Moons,
All her appointed feasts.
Of which she has said,
‘These are my wages that my lovers have given me.’
So I will make them a forest,
And the beasts of the field shall eat them.
For the days of the Baals to which she burned incense.
She decked herself with her earrings and jewelry,
And went after her lovers;
But Me she forgot,” says the Lord.
14 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
Will bring her into the wilderness,
And speak 7comfort to her.
And nthe Valley of Achor as a door of hope;
She shall sing there,
As in othe days of her youth,
pAs in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
Says the Lord,
“That you will call Me 8‘My Husband,’
And no longer call Me 9‘My Master,’
17 For qI will take from her mouth the names of the Baals,
And they shall be remembered by their name no more.
18 In that day I will make a rcovenant for them
With the beasts of the field,
With the birds of the air,
And with the creeping things of the ground.
Bow and sword of battle sI will shatter from the earth,
To make them tlie down safely.
Yes, I will betroth you to Me
In righteousness and justice,
In lovingkindness and mercy;
And uyou shall know the Lord.
That vI will answer,” says the Lord;
“I will answer the heavens,
And they shall answer the earth.
With new wine,
And with oil;
They shall answer 1Jezreel.
23 Then wI will sow her for Myself in the earth,
‘You are 4My people!’
And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’ ”
Heb. Ruhamah, Hos. 1:6
Or Contend with
Lit. wall up her wall
Lit. to her heart
Lit. God Will Sow