If she is displeasing to her master, who chose her for himself, then he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners because he has acted treacherously toward her. Or if he chooses her for his son, he must deal with her according to the customary treatment of daughters.

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You have never heard; you have never known;
for a long time your ears have not been open.
For I knew that you were very treacherous,
and were known as a rebel from birth.(A)

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Hosea’s Marriage and Children

When the Lord first spoke to Hosea, he said this to him:

Go and marry a woman of promiscuity,(A)
and have children of promiscuity,
for the land is committing blatant acts of promiscuity
by abandoning the Lord.

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They betrayed the Lord;(A)
indeed, they gave birth to illegitimate children.(B)
Now the New Moon(C) will devour them
along with their fields.(D)

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But they, like Adam,[a] have violated the covenant;(A)
there they have betrayed me.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. 6:7 Or they, as at Adam, or they, like men,

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