Hosea 1-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
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 Lo-Ruhamah,[a]
8 Now when she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son. 9 Then God said:
“Call his name Lo-Ammi,[c]
The Restoration of Israel
10 “Yet the number of the children of Israel
God’s Unfaithful People
2 “Bring charges against your mother, 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[l] 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 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 men[q] they transgressed the covenant;
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 sense—
13 “Woe to them, for they have fled from Me!
“They assemble together for[s] grain and new wine,
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