2 aSay ye unto your brethren, ||Ammi;
And to your sisters, ||Ru-hamah.
2 Plead with your mother, plead:
For bshe is not my wife, neither am I her husband:
Let her therefore put away cher whoredoms out of her sight,
And her adulteries dfrom between her breasts;
3 Lest eI strip her naked, and set her as fin the day that she was born,
And make her gas a wilderness, and set her glike a dry land,
4 And iI will not have mercy upon her children;
For they be the kchildren of whoredoms.
5 For their mother lhath played the harlot:
mShe that conceived them hath done shamefully:
For she said, nI will go after my lovers,
oThat give me my bread and my water,
pMy wool and my flax, mine oil and my †drink.
6 Therefore, behold, qI will rhedge up thy way with thorns,
And †smake a wall, that she shall not find her paths.
7 And she shall follow after nher lovers, but she shall not overtake them;
And she shall seek them, but shall not find them:
Then shall she say, tI will go and return to my ufirst husband;
tFor then was it better with me than now.
8 For vshe did not know wthat I gave her xcorn, and †xwine, and xoil,
And multiplied her silver and gold,
||Which they prepared for Baal.
9 Therefore will I return, and ytake away my corn in the time thereof,
And my wine in the season thereof,
And will ||recover zmy wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness.
10 And now awill I discover her †lewdness in the sight of her lovers,
And none shall deliver her out of mine hand.
11 bI will also cause all her mirth to cease,
cHer eefeast days, deher new moons, and dher sabbaths, and all her eesolemn feasts.
12 And I will †destroy her vines and her fig trees,
Whereof she hath said, fThese are my rewards that fmy lovers have given me:
And gI will make them a forest,
And the beasts of the field shall eat them.
13 And hI will visit upon her ithe days of Baalim, wherein ishe burned incense to them,
And jshe decked herself with jjher earrings and jjher jewels,
And fshe went after her lovers, and kforgat me, saith the Lord.
14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
And lbring her into the wilderness,
And speak ||†comfortably unto her.
15 And I will give her mher vineyards nfrom thence,
And othe valley of Achor for a door of hope:
And she shall psing there, as qin the days of her youth,
And ras in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
16 And it shall be sat that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call me ||Ishi;
And shalt call me no more ||tBaali.
17 For uI will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth,
And uthey shall no more be remembered by their name.
18 And sin that day vwill I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field,
And with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground:
And wI will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth,
And will make them to lie down xsafely.
19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever;
Yea, yI will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment,
And in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
20 yI will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness:
And zthou shalt know the Lord.
21 And it shall come to pass sin that day,
aI will hear, saith the Lord, I will hear the heavens,
And they shall hear the earth;
22 And the earth shall hear bthe corn, and bthe wine, and bthe oil;
And they shall hear cJezreel.
23 And dI will sow her unto me in the earth;
And eI fwill have mercy upon eher that had not obtained mercy;
And gI will say to them which were not my people, hThou art my people;
And they shall say, Thou art my God.
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