Hosea 1-14 New King James Version (NKJV)
Hosea’s Unfaithful Wife
1 The word of the Lord that came to Hosea the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.
The Family of Hosea
2 When the Lord began to speak by Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea:
“Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry
3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. 4 Then the Lord said to him:
“Call his name Jezreel,
6 And she conceived again and bore a daughter. Then God said to him:
“Call her name [b]Lo-Ruhamah,
8 Now when she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son. 9 Then God said:
“Call his name [d]Lo-Ammi,
The Restoration of Israel
10 “Yet the number of the children of Israel
The Lord’s Love for His Unfaithful People
God’s Unfaithful People
2 “Bring[h] charges against your mother, [i]bring charges;
4 “I will not have mercy on her children,
6 “Therefore, behold,
9 “Therefore I will return and take away
12 “And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees,
God’s Mercy on His People
14 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
16 “And it shall be, in that day,”
19 “I will betroth you to Me forever;
21 “It shall come to pass in that day
Israel Will Return to God
3 Then the Lord said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover[s] and is committing adultery, just like the love of the Lord for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans.”
2 So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver, and one and one-half homers of barley. 3 And I said to her, “You shall stay with me many days; you shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man—so, too, will I be toward you.”
4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, without ephod or teraphim. 5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days.
God’s Charge Against Israel
4 Hear the word of the Lord,
“There is no truth or mercy
4 “Now let no man contend, or rebuke another;
7 “The more they increased,
The Idolatry of Israel
11 “Harlotry, wine, and new wine enslave the heart.
14 “I will not punish your daughters when they commit harlotry,
15 “Though you, Israel, play the harlot,
16 “For Israel is stubborn
17 “Ephraim is joined to idols,
Impending Judgment on Israel and Judah
5 “Hear this, O priests!
4 “They[ag] do not direct their deeds
6 “With their flocks and herds
8 “Blow the ram’s horn in Gibeah,
10 “The princes of Judah are like those who remove a landmark;
13 “When Ephraim saw his sickness,
A Call to Repentance
6 Come, and let us return to the Lord;
Impenitence of Israel and Judah
4 “O Ephraim, what shall I do to you?
7 “But like [am]men they transgressed the covenant;
Israel Has Rebelled Against God
7 “When I would have healed Israel,
4 “They are all adulterers.
8 “Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples;
Futile Reliance on the Nations
11 “Ephraim also is like a silly dove, without [at]sense—
13 “Woe to them, for they have fled from Me!
“They [au]assemble together for grain and new wine,
The Apostasy of Israel
8 “Set the [ax]trumpet to your mouth!
4 “They set up kings, but not by Me;
7 “They sow the wind,
11 “Because Ephraim has made many altars for sin,
Judgment of Israel’s Sin
9 Do not rejoice, O Israel, with joy like other peoples,
3 They shall not dwell in the Lord’s land,
5 What will you do in the appointed day,
7 The days of punishment have come;
10 “I found Israel
14 Give them, O Lord—
15 “All their wickedness is in Gilgal,
17 My God will cast them away,
Israel’s Sin and Captivity
10 Israel empties his vine;
3 For now they say,
5 The inhabitants of Samaria fear
7 As for Samaria, her king is cut off
9 “O Israel, you have sinned from the days of Gibeah;
12 Sow for yourselves righteousness;
13 You have plowed wickedness;
God’s Continuing Love for Israel
3 “I taught Ephraim to walk,
5 “He shall not return to the land of Egypt;
8 “How can I give you up, Ephraim?
10 “They shall walk after the Lord.
God’s Charge Against Ephraim
12 “Ephraim has encircled Me with lies,
Ephraim’s Sins Rebuked by God
2 “The Lord also brings a [cb]charge against Judah,
7 “A cunning [cc]Canaanite!
9 “But I am the Lord your God,
11 Though Gilead has idols—
12 Jacob fled to the country of Syria;
Relentless Judgment on Israel
13 When Ephraim spoke, trembling,
4 “Yet I am the Lord your God
7 “So I will be to them like a lion;
9 “O Israel, [cl]you are destroyed,
12 “The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up;
15 Though he is fruitful among his brethren,
Israel Restored at Last
14 O Israel, return to the Lord your God,
4 “I will heal their backsliding,
8 “Ephraim shall say, ‘What have I to do anymore with idols?’
9 Who is wise?
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