Hosea 1
God Commands Hosea to Start a Family
1The word of Yahweh that came to Hosea son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, the kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.
2At the beginning when Yahweh spoke#Literally “At the beginning of the talking of Yahweh” through Hosea,
Yahweh said to Hosea,
“Go, take for yourself a wife and children of whoredom,
because the land commits great whoredom
forsaking Yahweh.”#Literally “from behind Yahweh”
3So he went and took Gomer daughter of Diblaim,
and she conceived and bore him a son.
4And Yahweh said to him,
“Name him#Literally “Call his name” Jezreel;#Jezreel means “God sows”
because in a little while I will punish#Literally “I will visit sin upon” the house of Jehu#Or “the dynasty of Jehu”
for the blood#Or “bloodshed” of Jezreel,#Jezreel means “God sows”
and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.#Or “the dynasty of Israel”
5On that day#Literally “And it will happen on that day”
I will break the bow of Israel
in the Valley of Jezreel.”
6And she conceived again and bore a daughter, and he#Yahweh said to him,
“Name her#Literally “Call her name” Lo-ruhamah,#Lo-ruhamah means “Not pitied”
for I will no longer have pity
on the house of Israel
or forgive them.#Literally “raise them up”
7But I will have pity on the house of Judah
and I will save them by Yahweh their God,
and will not deliver them
by bow, sword, war,
horses, or horsemen.
8And when she had weaned Lo-ruhamah,#Lo-ruhamah means “Not pitied” she conceived and bore a son.
9And he#Yahweh said, “Name him#Literally “Call his name” Lo-ammi,#Lo-ammi means “not my people”
for you are not my people
and I am not your God.#Hebrew “not yours”
10#Hosea 1:10–2:23 in the English Bible is 2:1–25 in the Hebrew Bible The number of the children of Israel
will be like the sand of the sea
that cannot be measured or counted;
and in the place where it is said to them,
“You are not my people,”
it will be said to them,
“Children of the living God.”
11Then the children of Judah
and Israel will be gathered together,
and they will appoint for themselves
one head;
and they will take possession of#Literally “they will go up from” the land,
for great is the day of Jezreel.#Jezreel means “God sows”
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