Hosea 2


Judgment on the Harlot and Her Children

Speak to your brethren, My People, and to your sister, Being Shown Mercy! Plead with your mother! Plead! for she is not my wife, and I am not her husband. And I will lift away her harlotry from in front of me, and her adultery from between her breasts; so that I shall strip her naked, and restore her as the day of her birth; and I will set her as desolate, and I will arrange her as [2land 1a waterless], and I will kill her by thirst. And [3on her children 1in no way 2shall I show mercy], for [2children 3of harlotry 1it is]. For [2fornicated 1their mother]; [4disgraced them 1the one 2bearing 3them]. For she said, I will go after my lovers, the ones giving to me my bread loaves, and my water, and my garments, and my linen bands, and my olive oil, and all as much as is fit for me. On account of this, behold, I shut up her way with barbs, and I will block her ways, and her road in no way should she find. And she shall pursue her lovers, and in no way shall she overtake them; and she shall seek them, and in no way shall she find them. And she shall say, I shall go and return to [3husband 1my 2former], for [2good 3to me 1it was] then rather than now. And she did not know that I gave to her the grain, and the wine, and the olive oil, and [2silver 1multiplied] to her. But she [2silver 3and 4gold things 1made] to Baal. On account of this I will return and carry away my grain according to its season, and my wine in its time; and I will remove my garments and my linen bands so as to not cover her indecency. 10 And now I will uncover her uncleanness before her lovers, and not one shall rescue her from out of my hand. 11 And I will turn away all her gladness of her holiday feasts, and her new moons, and her Sabbaths, and all her festivals. 12 And I will remove her grapevine, and her fig-trees -- as much as she said, [3my wages 1These 2are] which [2gave 3to me 1my lovers]. And I will appoint them for a testimony. And [5shall devour 6them 1the 2wild beasts 3of the 4field], and the birds of the heaven, and the reptiles of the earth.

The LORD Takes Vengeance

13 And I will take vengeance upon her for the days of the Baals, in which she sacrificed to them, and put on her ear-rings, and her hanging necklaces, and went after her lovers; but me she forgot, says the  lord. 14 On account of this, behold, I will wander her, and I will order her as desolate, and I will speak unto her heart. 15 And I will give to her her possessions from there, and the valley of Achor to open wide her understanding. And she shall be humbled there according to the days of her infancy, and according to the days of her ascending from out of the land of Egypt. 16 And it will be in that day, says the  lord, she shall call me, My husband, and shall not call me any longer, Baalim. 17 And I will lift away the names of the Baalim from her mouth, and in no way should [2be remembered 3any longer 1their names]. 18 And I will ordain to them a covenant in that day with the wild beasts of the field, and with the birds of the heaven, and the reptiles of the earth. And [2bow 3and 4broadsword 5and 6war 1I will break] from the earth, and I will settle upon hope.

The LORD Will Espouse Israel to Himself

19 And I shall espouse you to myself into the eon; and I shall espouse you to myself in righteousness, and in equity, and in mercy, and in compassions. 20 And I will espouse you to myself in trust. And you shall recognize the  lord. 21 And it will be in that day, says the  lord, I will give heed to the heaven, and the heaven shall give heed to the earth. 22 And the earth shall heed the grain, and the wine, and the olive oil; and they shall give heed to Jezreel. 23 And I will sow her to myself upon the earth; and I will love the one not being loved. And I will say to the one not my people, [2my people 1You are]; and he shall say, [2the  lord 3my God 1You are].
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