Hosea's Wife and Children
1 The word of the LORD which came to Hosea the son of Beeri, during the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.
2 When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, "Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry; for the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the LORD." 3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. 4 And the LORD said to him, "Name him Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will punish the house of Jehu for the bloodshed of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel. 5 On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel."
6 Then she conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. And the LORD said to him, "Name her Lo-ruhamah, for I will no longer have compassion on the house of Israel, that I would ever forgive them. 7 But I will have compassion on the house of Judah and deliver them by the LORD their God, and will not deliver them by bow, sword, battle, horses or horsemen."
8 When she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and gave birth to a son. 9 And the LORD said, "Name him Lo-ammi, for you are not My people and I am not your God."
10 Yet the number of the sons of Israel
Will be like the sand of the sea,
Which cannot be measured or numbered;
And in the place
Where it is said to them,
"You are not My people,"
It will be said to them,
"You are the sons of the living God."
11 And the sons of Judah and the sons
of Israel will be gathered together,
And they will appoint for themselves
And they will go up from the land,
For great will be the day of Jezreel.
Israel's Unfaithfulness Condemned
1 Say to your brothers, "Ammi,"
and to your sisters, "Ruhamah."
2 "Contend with your mother, contend,
For she is not my wife, and I am not
And let her put away her harlotry from
And her adultery from between her
3 Or I will strip her naked
And expose her as on the day when
she was born.
I will also make her like a wilderness,
Make her like desert land
And slay her with thirst.
4 "Also, I will have no compassion on
Because they are children of harlotry.
5 "For their mother has played the harlot;
She who conceived them has acted
For she said, `I will go after my lovers,
Who give me my bread and my water,
My wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.'
6 "Therefore, behold, I will hedge up her
way with thorns,
And I will build a wall against her so that
she cannot find her paths.
7 "She will pursue her lovers, but she will
not overtake them;
And she will seek them, but will not find
Then she will say, `I will go back to my first
For it was better for me then than now!'
8 "For she does not know that it was I who
gave her the grain, the new wine and
And lavished on her silver and gold,
Which they used for Baal.
9 "Therefore, I will take back My grain
at harvest time
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 uncover her lewdness
In the sight of her lovers,
And no one will rescue her out of My hand.
11 "I will also put an end to all her gaiety,
Her feasts, her new moons, her sabbaths
And all her festal assemblies.
12 "I will destroy her vines and fig trees,
Of which she said, `These are my wages
Which my lovers have given me.'
And I will make them a forest,
And the beasts of the field will devour them.
13 "I will punish her for the days of the Baals
When she used to offer sacrifices to them
And adorn herself with her earrings and
And follow her lovers, so that she forgot Me,"
declares the LORD.
Restoration of Israel
14 "Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
Bring her into the wilderness
And speak kindly to her.
15 "Then I will give her her vineyards
And the valley of Achor as a door of hope.
And she will sing there as in the days of
As in the day when she came up from the
land of Egypt.
16 "It will come about in that day," declares
"That you will call Me Ishi
And will no longer call Me Baali.
17 "For I will remove the names of the Baals
from her mouth,
So that they will be mentioned by their
names no more.
18 "In that day I will also make a covenant
With the beasts of the field,
The birds of the sky
And the creeping things of the ground.
And I will abolish the bow, the sword
and war from the land,
And will make them lie down in safety.
19 "I will betroth you to Me forever;
Yes, I will betroth you to Me in
righteousness and in justice,
In lovingkindness and in compassion,
20 And I will betroth you to Me in
Then you will know the LORD.
21 "It will come about in that day that
I will respond," declares the LORD.
"I will respond to the heavens, and they
will respond to the earth,
22 And the earth will respond to the grain,
to the new wine and to the oil,
And they will respond to Jezreel.
23 "I will sow her for Myself in the land.
I will also have compassion on her who
had not obtained compassion,
And I will say to those who were not My
people, `You are My people!'
And they will say, `You are my God!'"
Hosea's Second Symbolic Marriage
1 Then the LORD said to me, "Go again, love a woman who is loved by her husband, yet an adulteress, even as the LORD loves the sons of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes." 2 So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a half of barley. 3 Then I said to her, "You shall stay with me for many days. You shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man; so I will also be toward you." 4 For the sons of Israel will remain for many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar and without ephod or household idols. 5 Afterward the sons of Israel will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king; and they will come trembling to the LORD and to His goodness in the last days.