1The word of the Lord that came to Hosea the son of Beeri, in the days of ⚓Uzziah, ⚓Jotham, ⚓Ahaz, and⚓Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of ⚓Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.
The Family of Hosea
2When the Lord began to speak by Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea:
⚓“Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry
And children of harlotry,
For ⚓the land has committed great harlotry
By departing from the Lord.”
3So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.
4Then the Lord said to him:
“Call his name Jezreel,
For in a little while
⚓I will avenge the bloodshed of Jezreel on the house of Jehu,
⚓And bring an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.
5⚓It shall come to pass in that day
That I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel.”
6And she conceived again and bore a daughter. Then God said to him:
“Call her name Lo-Ruhamah,
⚓For I will no longer have mercy on the house of Israel,
But I will utterly take them away.
7⚓Yet I will have mercy on the house of Judah,
Will save them by the Lord their God,
And ⚓will not save them by bow,
Nor by sword or battle,
By horses or horsemen.”
8Now when she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son.
9Then God said:
“Call his name Lo-Ammi,
For you are not My people,
And I will not be your God.
The Restoration of Israel
10“Yet ⚓the number of the children of Israel
Shall be as the sand of the sea,
Which cannot be measured or numbered.
⚓And it shall come to pass
In the place where it was said to them,
‘You are not My ⚓people,’
There it shall be said to them,
‘You are⚓sons of the living God.’
11⚓Then the children of Judah and the children of Israel
Shall be gathered together,
And appoint for themselves one head;
And they shall come up out of the land,
For great will be the day of Jezreel!