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Say ye unto your brethren, [a]Ammi; and to your sisters, [b]Ruhamah.

Contend with your mother, contend; for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband; and let her put away her whoredoms from her face, and her adulteries from between her breasts; lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst. Yea, upon her children will I have no mercy; for they are children of whoredom; for their mother hath played the harlot; she that conceived them hath done shamefully; for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my [c]drink. Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and I will build a wall against her, that she shall not find her paths. And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.

For she did not know that I gave her the grain, and the new wine, and the oil, and multiplied unto her silver and gold, which they [d]used for Baal. Therefore will I [e]take back my grain in the time thereof, and my new wine in the season thereof, and will pluck away my wool and my flax which should have covered her nakedness. 10 And now will I uncover her [f]lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of my hand. 11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feasts, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her [g]solemn assemblies. 12 And I will lay waste her vines and her fig-trees, whereof she hath said, These are my hire that my lovers have given me; and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them. 13 And I will visit upon her the days of the Baalim, [h]unto which she burned incense, when she decked herself with her [i]ear-rings and her jewels, and went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith Jehovah.

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 2:1 That is, My people.
  2. Hosea 2:1 That is, That hath obtained mercy.
  3. Hosea 2:5 Hebrew drinks.
  4. Hosea 2:8 Or, made into the image of Baal
  5. Hosea 2:9 Or, return, and take away
  6. Hosea 2:10 Or, shame
  7. Hosea 2:11 Or, appointed feasts
  8. Hosea 2:13 Or, wherein she burned incense to them
  9. Hosea 2:13 Or, nose-rings

Israel’s Unfaithfulness Condemned

[a]Say to your brothers, “[b]Ammi,” and to your sisters, “[c]Ruhamah.”

“Contend with your mother, (A)contend,
For she is (B)not my wife, and I am not her husband;
And let her put away her (C)harlotry from her face
And her adultery from between her breasts,
Or I will strip her (D)naked
And expose her as on the (E)day when she was born.
I will also (F)make her like a wilderness,
Make her like desert land
And slay her with (G)thirst.
“Also, I will have no compassion on her children,
Because they are (H)children of harlotry.
“For their mother has (I)played the harlot;
She who conceived them has acted shamefully.
For she said, ‘(J)I will go after my lovers,
Who (K)give me my bread and my water,
My wool and my flax, my (L)oil and my drink.’
“Therefore, behold, I will (M)hedge up [d]her way with (N)thorns,
And I will build [e]a wall against her so that she cannot find her (O)paths.
“She will (P)pursue her lovers, but she will not overtake them;
And she will seek them, but will not find them.
Then she will say, ‘(Q)I will go back to my (R)first husband,
For it was (S)better for me then than now!’

“For she does (T)not know that it was (U)I who gave her the grain, the new wine and the oil,
And lavished on her silver and gold,
Which they [f]used for Baal.
“Therefore, I will (V)take back My grain at [g]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 (W)uncover her lewdness
In the sight of her lovers,
And no one will rescue her out of My hand.
11 “I will also (X)put an end to all her gaiety,
Her (Y)feasts, her (Z)new moons, her sabbaths
And all her festal assemblies.
12 “I will (AA)destroy her vines and fig trees,
Of which she said, ‘These are my wages
Which my lovers have given me.’
And I will (AB)make them a forest,
And the (AC)beasts of the field will devour them.
13 “I will punish her for the (AD)days of the Baals
When she used to [h](AE)offer sacrifices to them
And (AF)adorn herself with her [i]earrings and jewelry,
And follow her lovers, so that she (AG)forgot Me,” declares the Lord.

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 2:1 Ch 2:3 in Heb
  2. Hosea 2:1 I.e. my people
  3. Hosea 2:1 I.e. she has obtained compassion
  4. Hosea 2:6 So with some ancient versions; Heb your
  5. Hosea 2:6 Lit her wall so that
  6. Hosea 2:8 Or made into the
  7. Hosea 2:9 Lit its time
  8. Hosea 2:13 Or burn incense
  9. Hosea 2:13 Or nose rings