Hosea 1-14New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Hosea’s Wife and Children
1 The word of the Lord which came to Hosea the son of Beeri, during the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.
2 When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry; for the land commits flagrant harlotry, [a]forsaking the Lord.” 3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. 4 And the Lord said to him, “Name him Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will [b]punish the house of Jehu for the bloodshed of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel. 5 On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.”
6 Then she conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. And [c]the Lord said to him, “Name her [d]Lo-ruhamah, for I will no longer have compassion on the house of Israel, that I would ever forgive them. 7 But I will have compassion on the house of Judah and deliver them by the Lord their God, and will not deliver them by bow, sword, battle, horses or horsemen.”
10 [h]Yet the number of the sons of Israel
Israel’s Unfaithfulness Condemned
2 “Contend with your mother, contend,
8 “For she does not know that it was I who gave her the grain, the new wine and the oil,
Restoration of Israel
14 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
21 “It will come about in that day that I will respond,” declares the Lord.
Hosea’s Second Symbolic Marriage
3 Then the Lord said to me, “Go again, love a [ab]woman who is loved by her [ac]husband, yet an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the sons of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes.” 2 So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a [ad]half of barley. 3 Then I said to her, “You shall stay with me for many days. You shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a [ae]man; so I will also be toward you.” 4 For the sons of Israel will remain for many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar and without ephod or [af]household idols. 5 Afterward the sons of Israel will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king; and they will come trembling to the Lord and to His goodness in the last days.
God’s Controversy with Israel
4 Listen to the word of the Lord, O sons of Israel,
4 Yet let no one [ak]find fault, and let none offer reproof;
7 The more they multiplied, the more they sinned against Me;
11 Harlotry, wine and new wine take away the [an]understanding.
15 Though you, Israel, play the harlot,
The People’s Apostasy Rebuked
5 Hear this, O priests!
8 Blow the horn in Gibeah,
The Response to God’s Rebuke
6 “Come, let us return to the Lord.
4 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim?
7 When I would heal Israel,
8 Ephraim mixes himself with the [bm]nations;
Israel Reaps the Whirlwind
8 Put the trumpet to your [bs]lips!
8 Israel is swallowed up;
11 Since Ephraim has multiplied altars for sin,
9 Do not rejoice, O Israel, [ca]with exultation like the [cb]nations!
7 The days of punishment have come,
10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness;
15 All their evil is at Gilgal;
Retribution for Israel’s Sin
10 Israel is a [cn]luxuriant vine;
3 Surely now they will say, “We have no king,
11 Ephraim is a trained heifer that loves to thresh,
God Yearns over His People
11 When Israel was a youth I loved him,
5 [dd]They will not return to the land of Egypt;
8 How can I give you up, O Ephraim?
12 [dm]Ephraim surrounds Me with lies
12 [dn]Ephraim feeds on wind,
12 Now Jacob fled to the [dt]land of Aram,
13 When Ephraim [du]spoke, there was trembling.
4 Yet I have been the Lord your God
9 It is your destruction, O Israel,
12 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up;
15 Though he flourishes among the [eh]reeds,
Israel’s Future Blessing
14 [ej]Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,
4 I will heal their apostasy,
8 O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols?
9 Whoever is wise, let him understand these things;
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