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23 At that time I will plant a crop of Israelites
    and raise them for myself.
I will show love
    to those I called ‘Not loved.’[a]
And to those I called ‘Not my people,’[b]
    I will say, ‘Now you are my people.’
And they will reply, ‘You are our God!’”

Hosea’s Wife Is Redeemed

Then the Lord said to me, “Go and love your wife again, even though she[c] commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the Lord still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them.[d]

Footnotes

  1. 2:23a Hebrew Lo-ruhamah; see 1:6.
  2. 2:23b Hebrew Lo-ammi; see 1:9.
  3. 3:1a Or Go and love a woman who.
  4. 3:1b Hebrew love their raisin cakes.