God’s Mercy on His People

14 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
Will bring her into the wilderness,
And speak [a]comfort to her.
15 I will give her her vineyards from there,
And (A)the Valley of Achor as a door of hope;
She shall sing there,
As in (B)the days of her youth,
(C)As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.

16 “And it shall be, in that day,”
Says the Lord,
That you will call Me [b]‘My Husband,’
And no longer call Me [c]‘My Master,’
17 For (D)I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals,
And they shall be remembered by their name no more.
18 In that day I will make a (E)covenant for them
With the beasts of the field,
With the birds of the air,
And with the creeping things of the ground.
Bow and sword of battle (F)I will shatter from the earth,
To make them (G)lie down safely.

19 “I will betroth you to Me forever;
Yes, I will betroth you to Me
In righteousness and justice,
In lovingkindness and mercy;
20 I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness,
And (H)you shall know the Lord.

21 “It shall come to pass in that day
That (I)I will answer,” says the Lord;
“I will answer the heavens,
And they shall answer the earth.
22 The earth shall answer
With grain,
With new wine,
And with oil;
They shall answer [d]Jezreel.
23 Then (J)I will sow her for Myself in the earth,
(K)And I will have mercy on her who had [e]not obtained mercy;
Then (L)I will say to those who were [f]not My people,
‘You are [g]My people!’
And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’ ”

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  1. Hosea 2:14 Lit. to her heart
  2. Hosea 2:16 Heb. Ishi
  3. Hosea 2:16 Heb. Baali
  4. Hosea 2:22 Lit. God Will Sow
  5. Hosea 2:23 Heb. lo-ruhamah
  6. Hosea 2:23 Heb. lo-ammi
  7. Hosea 2:23 Heb. ammi

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