Hosea 1

Hosea's Wife and Children

1 The word of the LORD that came to Hosea the son of Beeri, in the days of a Uzziah, b Jotham, c Ahaz, and d Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of e Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.

2 When the LORD began to speak by Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea:
f "Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry
And children of harlotry,
For g the land has committed great 1 harlotry
By departing from the LORD."
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,
For in a little while
h I will avenge the bloodshed of Jezreel on the house of Jehu,
i And bring an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.
5 j It shall come to pass in that day
That I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel."

6 And she conceived again and bore a daughter. Then God said to him:
"Call her name 2 LoRuhamah, 3
k For I will no longer have mercy on the house of Israel,
4 But I will utterly take them away. 4
7 l Yet I will have mercy on the house of Judah,
Will save them by the LORD their God,
And m will not save them by bow,
Nor by sword or battle,
By horses or horsemen."

8 Now when she had weaned LoRuhamah, she conceived and bore a son. 9 Then God said:
"Call his name 6 LoAmmi, 7
For you are not My people,
And I will not be your God.

10 "Yet n the number of the children of Israel
Shall be as the sand of the sea,
Which cannot be measured or numbered.
o And it shall come to pass
In the place where it was said to them,
'You are 8 not My p people,'
There it shall be said to them,
'You are q sons of the living God.'
11 r Then the children of Judah and the children of Israel
Shall be gathered together,
And appoint for themselves one head;
And they shall come up out of the land,
For great will be the day of Jezreel!

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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