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2 When the Lord began to speak by Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea:
f“Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry
And children of harlotry,
By departing from the Lord.”
“Call his name Jezreel,
For in a little while
hI will avenge the bloodshed of Jezreel on the house of Jehu,
iAnd bring an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.
5 jIt shall come to pass in that day
That I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel.”
“Call her name 2Lo-Ruhamah,
kFor I will no longer have mercy on the house of Israel,
3But I will utterly take them away.
7 lYet I will have mercy on the house of Judah,
Will save them by the Lord their God,
And mwill not save them by bow,
Nor by sword or battle,
By horses or horsemen.”
“Call his name 4Lo-Ammi,
For you are not My people,
And I will not be your God.
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