1The word of the Lord that came to Hosea the son of Beeri, in the days of #2 Chr. 26; Is. 1:1; Amos 1:1Uzziah, #2 Kin. 15:5, 7, 32–38; 2 Chr. 27; Mic. 1:1Jotham, #2 Kin. 16:1–20; 2 Chr. 28Ahaz, and #2 Kin. 18—20; 2 Chr. 29:1—32:33; Mic. 1:1Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of #2 Kin. 13:13; 14:23–29; Amos 1:1Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.
The Family of Hosea
2When the Lord began to speak by Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea:
#Hos. 3:1“Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry
And children of harlotry,
For #Deut. 31:16; Judg. 2:17; Ps. 73:27; Jer. 2:13; Ezek. 16:1–59; 23:1–49the land has committed great harlotry
By departing from the Lord.”
3So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. 4Then the Lord said to him:
“Call his name Jezreel,
For in a little while
#2 Kin. 10:11I will avenge the bloodshed of Jezreel on the house of Jehu,
#2 Kin. 15:8–10; 17:6, 23; 18:11And bring an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.
5#2 Kin. 15:29It shall come to pass in that day
That I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel.”
6And she conceived again and bore a daughter. Then God said to him:
“Call her name Lo-Ruhamah,
#2 Kin. 17:6For I will no longer have mercy on the house of Israel,
But I will utterly take them away.
7#2 Kin. 19:29–35; Is. 30:18; 37:36, 37Yet I will have mercy on the house of Judah,
Will save them by the Lord their God,
And #Ps. 44:3–7; (Zech. 4:6)will not save them by bow,
Nor by sword or battle,
By horses or horsemen.”
8Now when she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son. 9Then God said:
“Call his name Lo-Ammi,
For you are not My people,
And I will not be your God.
The Restoration of Israel
10“Yet #Gen. 22:17; 32:12; Jer. 33:22the number of the children of Israel
Shall be as the sand of the sea,
Which cannot be measured or numbered.
#1 Pet. 2:10And it shall come to pass
In the place where it was said to them,
‘You are not My #Rom. 9:26people,’
There it shall be said to them,
‘You are #Is. 63:16; 64:8; (John 1:12)sons of the living God.’
11#Is. 11:11–13; Jer. 3:18; 50:4; (Ezek. 34:23; 37:15–28)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!