The word of the Lord which 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 beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the Lord said to Hosea, "Go, take to you a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms, for the land has committed great whoredom, [departing] from the Lord."
So he went and took Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim; who conceived, and bore him a son.
And the Lord said to him, "Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little [while], and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause the kingdom of the house of Israel to cease.
And it will come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel."
And she conceived again, and bore a daughter. And [God] said to him, "Call her name Loruhamah, for I will no longer have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.
But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the Lord their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen."
Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived, and bore a son.
Yet the number of the Children of Israel will be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered; and it will come to pass, [that] in the place where it was said to them, 'You [are] not My people,' [there] it will be said to them, '[You are] the sons of the Living God [*5:18].' [*Romans 9:25 - 26]
Then the Children of Judah and the Children of Israel will be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they will come up out of the land, for the day of Jezreel [will be] great.
Contend with your mother, contend, for she [is] not My wife, neither [am] I her husband [*~72:3], let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;
Unless I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst.
And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they [are] the children of whoredoms.
For their mother has played the harlot, she who conceived them has done shamefully, for she said, 'I will go after my lovers, who give [me] my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.'
Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and make a wall, that she will not find her paths.
And she will follow after her lovers, but she will not overtake them; and she will seek them, but will not find [them], then she will say, 'I will go and return to my first husband; for [it was] better with me then than now.'
For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, [which] they prepared for Baal.
Therefore I will return, and take away My corn in the time thereof, and My wine in the season thereof, and will recover My wool and My flax, [given] to cover her nakedness.
And now I will discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none will deliver her out of My hand.
I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.
And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she has said, 'These [are] my rewards that my lovers have given me,' and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field will eat them.
And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgot Me," the Lord says.
"Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably to her.
And I will give her her vineyards from there, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope, and she will sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
And it will be at that day," the Lord says, "[That] you will call Me, my-Husband; and will no longer call Me, my-Possessor.
For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they will no longer be remembered by their name.
And in that day, I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and [with] the creeping things of the ground, and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them lie down safely.
And I will betroth you to Me forever; indeed, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
I will even betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you will know the Lord.
And it will come to pass in that day, I will hear," the Lord says, "I will hear the heavens, and they will hear the earth;
And the earth will hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they will hear Jezreel.
And I will sow her to Me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her who had not obtained mercy; and I will say to [those who were] not My people, 'You [are] My people;' and they will say, '[You are] my God.'"
Then the Lord said to me, "Go still, love a woman beloved of [her] friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the Lord toward the Children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine."
So I bought her to me for fifteen [pieces] of silver, and [for] a homer of barley, and a half homer of barley.
And I said to her, "You will abide for me for many days; you will not play the harlot, and you will not be for [another] man, so I [will] also [be] for you.
For the Children of Israel will abide for many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and [without] teraphim.
Afterward, the Children of Israel will return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and will fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days.
Hear the word of the Lord, you Children of Israel, for the Lord has contention with the inhabitants of the land, because [there is] no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
'By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood touches blood.
Therefore the land will mourn, and everyone who dwells therein will languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; indeed, the fish of the sea will also be taken away.
Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another, for your people [are] as those who strive with the priest.
Therefore you will fall in the day, and the prophet will also fall with you in the night, and I will destroy your mother.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you will not be a priest to Me, seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.
As they were increased, so they sinned against Me, [therefore] I will change their glory into shame.
They eat up the sin of My people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.
And there will be, like people, like priest, and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.
For they will eat, and not have enough, they will commit whoredom, and will not increase, because they have left off to take heed to the Lord.
Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.
My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declares to them, for the spirit of whoredoms has caused [them] to err, and they have gone whoring from under their God.
They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof [is] good, therefore your daughters will commit whoredom, and your spouses will commit adultery.
I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery, for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots, therefore the people [who] do not understand will fall.
Though you, Israel, play the harlot, [yet] do not let Judah offend; and do not come to Gilgal, neither do you go up to Bethaven, nor swear, 'The Lord lives.'
For Israel slides back as a backsliding heifer, now the Lord will feed them as a lamb in a large place.
Ephraim [is] joined to idols, leave him alone.
Their drink is sour, they have committed whoredom continually, her rulers love [with] shame, 'Give.'
The wind has bound her up in her wings, and they will be ashamed because of their sacrifices.
Hear this, O priests; and listen, you house of Israel; and give ear, O house of the king; for judgment [is] toward you, because you have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.
And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I [have been] a rebuker of them all.
I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from Me, for now, O Ephraim, you commit whoredom, [and] Israel is defiled.
They will not frame their doings to turn to their God, for the spirit of whoredoms [is] in the midst of them, and they have not known the Lord.
And the pride of Israel testifies to his face, therefore Israel and Ephraim will fall in their iniquity; Judah will also fall with them.
They will go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the Lord; but they will not find [Him]; He has withdrawn Himself from them.
They have dealt treacherously against the Lord, for they have begotten strange children, now a month will devour them with their portions.
Blow the cornet in Gibeah, [and] the trumpet in Ramah, cry aloud [at] Bethaven, after you, O Benjamin.
Ephraim will be desolate in the day of rebuke, among the tribes of Israel, I have made known that which will surely be.
The princes of Judah were like those who remove the bound, [therefore] I will pour out My wrath upon them like water.
Ephraim [is] oppressed [and] broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after the commandment.
Therefore I [will be] to Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.
When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah [saw] his wound, then Ephraim went to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb, yet he could not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.
For I [will be] to Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah, I, [even] I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none will rescue [him].
I will go [and] return to My place, until they acknowledge their offense, and seek My Face, in their affliction, they will seek Me early.
Come, and let us return to the Lord, for He has torn, and He will heal us; He has struck, and He will bind us up.
After two days, He will revive us, in the third day He will raise us up, and we will live in His sight.
Then we will know, [if] we follow on to know the Lord, His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He will come to us as the rain, as the latter [and] former rain to the earth.
O Ephraim, what will I do to you? O Judah, what will I do to you? For your goodness [is] as a morning cloud, and it goes away as the early dew.
But they, like men, have transgressed the covenant, they have dealt treacherously against Me there.
Gilead [is] a city of those who work iniquity, [and is] polluted with blood.
And as troops of robbers, they wait for a man, [so] the company of priests murder in the way by consent, for they commit lewdness.
I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel, there [is] the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.
Also, O Judah, he has set a harvest for you, when I returned the captivity of My people.
When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria, for they commit falsehood; and the thief comes in, [and] the troop of robbers spoils outside.
And they do not consider in their hearts [that] I remember all their wickedness, now their own doings have surrounded them; they are before My Face.
They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.
They [are] all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, [who] ceases from raising after he has kneaded the dough, until it is leavened.
In the day of our king, the princes have made [him] sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners.
For they have made their heart ready like an oven, while they lie in wait, their baker sleeps all the night; it burns as a flaming fire in the morning.
They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings have fallen, [there are] none among those who call to Me.
Ephraim, he has mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.
Strangers have devoured his strength, and he does not know [it], indeed, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he does not know.
And the pride of Israel testifies to his face, and they do not return to the Lord their God, nor seek Him for all this.
Ephraim is also like a silly dove without heart, they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
When they will go, I will spread My net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as their congregation has heard.
Woe to them! For they have fled from Me, destruction to them! Because they have transgressed against Me, though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against Me.
And they have not cried to Me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds, they assemble themselves for corn and wine, [and] they rebel against Me.
Though I have bound [and] strengthened their arms, yet they imagine mischief against Me.
They return, [but] not to the Most High, they are like a deceitful bow, their princes will fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue, this [will be] their derision in the land of Egypt.
[Set] the trumpet to your mouth. [He will come] as an eagle against the house of the Lord, because they have transgressed My covenant, and trespassed against My law.
Israel will cry to Me, 'My God, we know You.'
Israel has cast off [the thing that is] good, the enemy will pursue him.
They have set up kings, but not by Me, they have made princes, and I did not know [it], they have made themselves idols of their silver and their gold, that they may be cut off.
Your calf, O Samaria, has cast [you] off; My anger is kindled against them, how long [will it be] before they attain to innocence?
For it [was] also from Israel, the workman made it; therefore it [is] not God, but the calf of Samaria will be broken in pieces.
For they have sown the wind, and they will reap the whirlwind, it has no stalk, the bud will yield no meal, if it so yields, the strangers will swallow it up.
Israel is swallowed up, now they will be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein [is] no pleasure.
For they have gone up to Assyria, a wild donkey alone by himself, Ephraim has hired lovers.
Indeed, though they have hired among the nations, now I will gather them, and they will sorrow a little for the burden of the king of princes.
Because Ephraim has made many altars to sin, altars will be to him to sin.
I have written to him the great things of My law, [but] they were counted as a strange thing.
They sacrifice flesh [for] the sacrifices of My offerings, and eat [it; but] the Lord does not accept them; now He will remember their iniquity, and visit their sins, they will return to Egypt.
For Israel has forgotten his Maker, and builds temples; and Judah has multiplied fenced cities, but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it will devour the palaces thereof."
Do not rejoice, O Israel, for joy, as [other] people, for you have gone whoring from your God, you have loved a reward upon every cornfloor.
The floor and the winepress will not feed them, and the new wine will fail in her.
They will not dwell in the Lord's land; but Ephraim will return to Egypt, and they will eat unclean [things] in Assyria.
They will not offer wine [offerings] to the Lord, neither will they be pleasing to Him, their sacrifices [will be] to them as the bread of mourners; all who eat thereof will be polluted, for their bread for their soul will not come into the House of the Lord.
What will you do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the Lord?
For, look, they are gone because of destruction, Egypt will gather them up, Memphis will bury them, the pleasant [places] for their silver, nettles will possess them, thorns [will be] in their tabernacles.
The days of visitation have come, the days of recompence have come; Israel will know [it], the prophet [is] a fool, the spiritual man [is] mad, for the multitude of your iniquity, and the great hatred.
The watchman of Ephraim [was] with my God, [but] the prophet [is] a snare of a fowler in all his ways, [and] hatred in the House of his God.
They have deeply corrupted [themselves], as in the days of Gibeah, [therefore] He will remember their iniquity, He will visit their sins.
I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time, [but] they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves to [that] shame; and [their] abominations were accordingly as they loved.
[As for] Ephraim, their glory will fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception.
Though they bring up their children, yet I will bereave them, [that there will] not [be] a man [left], indeed, woe also to them when I depart from them!
Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, [is] planted in a pleasant place, but Ephraim will bring forth his children to the murderer.
Give them, O Lord, what will You give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
All their wickedness [is] in Gilgal, for there I hated them, for the wickedness of their doings, I will drive them out of My House, I will love them no more, all their princes [are] revolters.
Ephraim is struck, their root has dried up, they will bear no fruit, indeed, though they bring forth, yet I will slay [even] the beloved [fruit] of their womb.
My God will cast them away, because they did not hear Him, and they will be wanderers among the nations.
Israel [is] an empty vine, he brings forth fruit to himself, according to the multitude of his fruit, he has increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land, they have made good images.
Their heart is divided; now they will be found faulty, He will break down their altars, He will spoil their images.
For now they will say, "We have no king, because we did not fear the Lord; what then should a king do to us?"
They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant, thus judgment springs up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.
The inhabitants of Samaria will fear because of the calves of Bethaven, for the people thereof will mourn over it, and the priests thereof [who] rejoiced on it, for the glory thereof, because it has departed from it.
It will also be carried to Assyria [for] a present to king Jareb, Ephraim will receive shame, and Israel will be ashamed of his own counsel.
The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, will be destroyed, the thorn and the thistle will come up on their altars; and they will say to the mountains, "Cover us;" and to the hills, "Fall on us." [*Luke 23:30]
O Israel, you have sinned from the days of Gibeah, there they stood, the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them.
[It is] in My desire that I should chastise them; and the people will be gathered against them, when they will bind themselves in their two furrows.
And Ephraim [is as] a heifer [that is] taught, [and] loves to tread out [the corn]; but I passed over upon her fair neck, I will make Ephraim to ride; Judah will plow, [and] Jacob will break his clods.
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for [it is] time to seek the Lord, until He comes and rains righteousness upon you.
You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped iniquity; you have eaten the fruit of lies, because you trusted in your way, in the multitude of your mighty men.
Therefore a tumult will arise among your people, and all your fortresses will be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Betharbel in the day of battle, the mother was dashed in pieces upon [her] children.
[As] they called them, so they went from them, they sacrificed to Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.
I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they did not know that I healed them.
I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love, and I was to them as those who take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat to them.
He will not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian will be his king, because they refused to return.
And the sword will abide on his cities, and will consume his branches, and devour [them], because of their own counsels.
And My people are bent to backsliding from Me, though they called them to the Most High, none at all would exalt [Him].
How will I give you up, Ephraim? [How] will I deliver you, Israel? How will I make you as Admah? [How] will I set you as Zeboim? My heart has turned within Me, My repentings are kindled together.
I will not execute the fierceness of My anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim, for I [am] God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of you, and I will not enter into the city.
They will walk after the Lord, He will roar like a lion, when He will roar, then the children will tremble from the west.
They will tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria, and I will place them in their houses," the Lord says.
"Ephraim compasses Me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit, but Judah yet rules with God, and is faithful with the saints.
Ephraim feeds on wind, and follows after the east wind, he increases lies and desolation daily; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt."
The Lord also has contention with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings, He will recompense him.
He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God.
Indeed, he had power over the angel, and prevailed, he wept, and made supplication to Him, He found him [in] Bethel, and there He spoke with us;
Even the Lord God of hosts; the Lord [is] his memorial.
Therefore turn to your God, keep mercy and judgment, and wait on your God continually.
[He is] a merchant, the balances of deceit [are] in his hand, he loves to oppress.
And Ephraim said, "Yet I have become rich, I have found myself substance, [in] all my labors, they will find no iniquity in me that [was] sin."
And I [that am] the Lord your God from the land of Egypt will still make you dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast.
I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.
[Is there] iniquity [in] Gilead? Surely they are vanity, they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; indeed, their altars [are] as heaps in the furrows of the fields.
And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife, he kept [sheep].
And by a prophet, the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet, he was preserved.
Ephraim provoked [Him] to anger most bitterly, therefore He will leave his blood upon him, and his Lord will return his reproach to him.
When Ephraim spoke trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died.
And now they sin more and more, and have made themselves molten images of their silver, [and] idols according to their own understanding, all of it, the work of the craftsmen, they say of them, "Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves."
I did know in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.
According to their pasture, so they were filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore they have forgotten Me.
Therefore I will be to them as a lion, I will observe [them] as a leopard by the way.
I will meet them as a bear [that is] bereaved [of her whelps], and will rend the caul of their heart, and there, I will devour them like a lion, the wild beast will tear them.
O Israel, you have destroyed yourself; but in Me [is] your help.
I will be your King, where [is any other] who may save you in all your cities? And your judges of whom you said, "Give me a king and princes?"
I gave you a king in My anger, and took [him] away in My wrath.
The iniquity of Ephraim [is] bound up; his sin [is] hidden.
The sorrows of a travailing woman will come upon him, he [is] an unwise son; for he should not stay long in [the place of] the breaking forth of children.
I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death, O death, I will be your plagues; O grave, I will be your destruction, repentance will be hidden from My eyes.
Though he is fruitful among [his] brethren, an east wind will come, the wind of the Lord will come up from the wilderness, and his spring will become dry, and his fountain will be dried up, he will spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels.
Samaria will become desolate; for she has rebelled against her God, they will fall by the sword, their infants will be dashed in pieces, and their women with child will be ripped up.
O Israel, return to the Lord your God; for you have fallen by your iniquity.
Take words with you, and turn to the Lord, say to Him, "Take away all iniquity, and receive [us] graciously, so we will render the calves of our lips.
Asshur will not save us; we will not ride upon horses, neither will we say anymore to the work of our hands, '[You are] our gods,' for in You, the fatherless finds mercy."
I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from him.
I will be as the dew to Israel, he will grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
His branches will spread, and his beauty will be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
Those who dwell under his shadow will return; they will revive [as] the corn, and grow as the vine, the scent thereof [will be] as the wine of Lebanon.
Ephraim [will say], "What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard [Him], and observed Him, I [am] like a green fir tree." From Me is your fruit found.
Who [is] wise, and he will understand these [things]? Prudent, and he will know them? For the ways of the Lord [are] right, and the just will walk in them, but the transgressors will fall therein.