Hosea's Wife and Children1 [This is] the word of the LORD that came to Hosea son of Beeri in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and [of] Jeroboam son of Jehoash, ▼
▼ Hebrew Joash, a variant of Jehoashking of Israel. 2 When the LORD first spoke to Hosea, He told him, “Go, take a prostitute as your wife and have children of adultery, because this land is flagrantly prostituting itself [by departing] from the LORD.” 3 So [Hosea] went and married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. 4 Then the LORD said to [Hosea] , “Name him Jezreel, for soon I will bring the bloodshed of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. 5 And on that day I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel.” 6 [Gomer] again conceived and gave birth to a daughter, and [the LORD] said to [Hosea] , “Name her Lo-ruhamah, ▼
▼ Lo-ruhamah means she has not received mercyfor I will no longer have compassion on the house of Israel, that I should ever forgive them. 7 Yet I will have compassion on the house of Judah, and I will deliver them, not by bow or sword or war, not by horses and cavalry, but by the LORD their God.” 8 After she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, [Gomer] conceived and gave birth to a son. 9 And the LORD said, “Name him Lo-ammi, ▼
▼ Lo-ammi means not my peoplefor you are not My people, and I am not your God. ▼
▼ Hebrew I am not yours10 Yet the number of the Israelites will be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured [or] numbered. And in the [very] place where it was said to them, ‘You [are] not My people,’ they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’ 11 Then the people of Judah [and] of Israel will be gathered together, and they will appoint for themselves one leader, and will go up out of the land. For great [will be] the day of Jezreel.
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