For your Maker(A) is your husband(B)
    the Lord Almighty is his name—
the Holy One(C) of Israel is your Redeemer;(D)
    he is called the God of all the earth.(E)

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20 But like a woman unfaithful to her husband,
    so you, Israel, have been unfaithful(A) to me,”
declares the Lord.

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Israel Punished and Restored

“Rebuke your mother,(A) rebuke her,
    for she is not my wife,
    and I am not her husband.
Let her remove the adulterous(B) look from her face
    and the unfaithfulness from between her breasts.
Otherwise I will strip(C) her naked
    and make her as bare as on the day she was born;(D)
I will make her like a desert,(E)
    turn her into a parched land,
    and slay her with thirst.
I will not show my love to her children,(F)
    because they are the children of adultery.(G)
Their mother has been unfaithful
    and has conceived them in disgrace.
She said, ‘I will go after my lovers,(H)
    who give me my food and my water,
    my wool and my linen, my olive oil and my drink.’(I)

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Hosea’s Reconciliation With His Wife

The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress.(A) Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.(B)

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Punishment for Israel

Do not rejoice, Israel;
    do not be jubilant(A) like the other nations.
For you have been unfaithful(B) to your God;
    you love the wages of a prostitute(C)
    at every threshing floor.

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