Chapter 1

Hosea’s Wife and Children

1 The word of the Lord which came to aHosea the son of Beeri, during the days of bUzziah, cJotham, dAhaz and eHezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the days of fJeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.

2 When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “aGo, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry; for bthe land commits flagrant harlotry, 1forsaking the Lord.”

3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and abore him a son.

4 And the Lord said to him, “Name him aJezreel; for yet a little while, and bI will 1punish the house of Jehu for the bloodshed of Jezreel, and cI will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.

5 “On that day I will abreak the bow of Israel in the bvalley of Jezreel.”

6 Then she conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. And 1the Lord said to him, “Name her 2Lo-ruhamah, for I will no longer ahave compassion on the house of Israel, that I would ever forgive them.

7 “But I will have acompassion on the house of Judah and bdeliver them by the Lord their God, and will not deliver them by cbow, sword, battle, horses or horsemen.”

8 When she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and gave birth to a son.

9 And 1the Lord said, “Name him 2Lo-ammi, for you are not My people and I am not 3your God.”

10 1Yet the number of the sons of Israel

Will be like the asand of the sea,

Which cannot be measured or numbered;

And bin the place

Where it is said to them,

“You are cnot My people,”

It will be said to them,

You are the dsons of the living God.”

11 And the asons of Judah and the sons of Israel will be bgathered together,

And they will appoint for themselves cone leader,

And they will go up from the land,

For great will be the day of Jezreel.


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