The Lord's Mercy on Israel

14 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
    and (A)bring her into the wilderness,
    and (B)speak tenderly to her.
15 And there I will give her her vineyards
    and make the Valley of Achor[a] a door of hope.
And there she shall answer (C)as in the days of her youth,
    as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.

16 “And (D)in that day, declares the Lord, you will call me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal.’ 17 For (E)I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, and they shall be remembered by name no more. 18 And (F)I will make for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground. And (G)I will abolish[b] the bow, the sword, and war from the land, and I will make you lie down in (H)safety. 19 And I will betroth you to me (I)forever. (J)I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. 20 (K)I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And (L)you shall know the Lord.

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 2:15 Achor means trouble; compare Joshua 7:26
  2. Hosea 2:18 Hebrew break

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