2 “Contend with your mother, acontend,
For she is bnot my wife, and I am not her husband;
And let her put away her charlotry from her face
And her adultery from between her breasts,
3 Or I will strip her anaked
And expose her as on the bday when she was born.
I will also cmake her like a wilderness,
Make her like desert land
And slay her with dthirst.
Because they are achildren of harlotry.
5 “For their mother has aplayed the harlot;
She who conceived them has acted shamefully.
For she said, ‘aI will go after my lovers,
Who bgive me my bread and my water,
My wool and my flax, my coil and my drink.’
7 “She will apursue her lovers, but she will not overtake them;
And she will seek them, but will not find them.
For it was dbetter for me then than now!’
And lavished on her silver and gold,
Which they 1used for Baal.
And My new wine in its season.
I will also take away My wool and My flax
Given to cover her nakedness.
10 “And then I will auncover her lewdness
In the sight of her lovers,
And no one will rescue her out of My hand.
11 “I will also aput an end to all her gaiety,
And all her festal assemblies.
12 “I will adestroy her vines and fig trees,
Of which she said, ‘These are my wages
Which my lovers have given me.’
And I will bmake them a forest,
And the cbeasts of the field will devour them.
13 “I will punish her for the adays of the Baals
And follow her lovers, so that she dforgot Me,” declares the Lord.
14 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
aBring her into the wilderness
And speak 1kindly to her.
15 “Then I will give her her avineyards from there,
And bthe valley of Achor as a door of hope.
As in the dday when she came up from the land of Egypt.
And will no longer call Me 2Baali.
17 “For aI will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth,
So that they will be 1mentioned by their names no more.
With the abeasts of the field,
The birds of the sky
And the creeping things of the ground.
And will make them clie down in safety.
19 “I will abetroth you to Me forever;
Yes, I will betroth you to Me in brighteousness and in justice,
In lovingkindness and in compassion,
Then you will aknow the Lord.
21 “It will come about in that day that aI will respond,” declares the Lord.
“I will respond to the heavens, and they will respond to the earth,
22 And the aearth will respond to the grain, to the new wine and to the oil,
And they will respond to 1Jezreel.
23 “I will asow her for Myself in the land.
‘You are My people!’
And 3they will say, ‘You are my God!’ ”
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