Israel's Unfaithfulness Condemned
1 Say F9 to your brothers, "Ammi," F10 and to your sisters, "Ruhamah." F11
2 "Contend with your mother, contend, R26
For she is not R27 my wife, and I am not her husband;
And let her put away her harlotry R28 from her face
And her adultery from between her breasts,
3 Or I will strip her naked R29
And expose her as on the day R30 when she was born.
I will also make R31 her like a wilderness,
Make her like desert land
And slay her with thirst. R32
4 "Also, I will have no compassion on her children,
Because they are children R33 of harlotry.
5 "For their mother has played R34 the harlot;
She who conceived them has acted shamefully.
For she said, `I R34 will go after my lovers,
Who give R35 me my bread and my water,
My wool and my flax, my oil R36 and my drink.'
6 "Therefore, behold, I will hedge R37 up her F12 way with thorns, R38
And I will build a F13 wall against her so that she cannot find her paths. R39
7 "She will pursue R40 her lovers, but she will not overtake them;
And she will seek them, but will not find them.
Then she will say, `I R41 will go back to my first R42 husband,
For it was better R43 for me then than now!'
8 "For she does not R44 know that it was I R45 who gave her the grain, the new wine and the oil,
And lavished on her silver and gold,
Which they used F14 for Baal.
9 "Therefore, I will take R46 back My grain at harvest F15 time
And My new wine in its season.
I will also take away My wool and My flax
Given to cover her nakedness.
10 "And then I will uncover R47 her lewdness
In the sight of her lovers,
And no one will rescue her out of My hand.
11 "I will also put R48 an end to all her gaiety,
Her feasts, R49 her new R50 moons, her sabbaths
And all her festal assemblies.
12 "I will destroy R51 her vines and fig trees,
Of which she said, `These are my wages
Which my lovers have given me.'
And I will make R52 them a forest,
And the beasts R53 of the field will devour them.
13 "I will punish her for the days R54 of the Baals
When she used to offer R55 F16 sacrifices to them
And adorn R56 herself with her earrings F17 and jewelry,
And follow her lovers, so that she forgot R57 Me," declares the LORD.
Restoration of Israel
14 "Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
Bring R58 her into the wilderness
And speak kindly F18 to her.
15 "Then I will give her her vineyards R59 from there,
And the R60 valley of Achor as a door of hope.
And she will sing R61 F19 there as in the days of her youth,
As in the day R62 when she came up from the land of Egypt.
16 "It will come about in that day," declares the LORD,
"That you will call Me Ishi R63 F20
And will no longer call Me Baali. F21
17 "For I R64 will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth,
So that they will be mentioned F22 by their names no more.
18 "In that day I will also make a covenant for them
With the beasts R65 of the field,
The birds of the sky
And the creeping things of the ground.
And I will abolish R66 F23 the bow, the sword and war from the land,
And will make them lie R67 down in safety.
19 "I will betroth R68 you to Me forever;
Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness R69 and in justice,
In lovingkindness and in compassion,
20 And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness.
Then you will know R70 the LORD.
21 "It will come about in that day that I R71 will respond," declares the LORD.
"I will respond to the heavens, and they will respond to the earth,
22 And the earth R72 will respond to the grain, to the new wine and to the oil,
And they will respond to Jezreel. F24
23 "I will sow R73 her for Myself in the land.
I R74 will also have compassion on her F25 who had not obtained compassion,
And I R75 will say to those F26 who were not R76 My people,
`You are My people!'
And they F27 will say, `You are my God!' "
F9: Ch 2:3 in Heb
F10: I.e. my people
F11: I.e. she has obtained compassion
F12: So with some ancient versions; Hebrew your
F13: Lit her wall so that
F14: Or made into the
F15: Lit its time
F16: Or burn incense
F17: Or nose rings
F18: Lit upon her heart
F19: Or give answer
F20: I.e. my husband
F21: I.e. my master, or my Baal
F22: Or remembered
F23: Lit break
F24: I.e. God sows
F25: Hebrew Lo-ruhamah
F26: Hebrew Lo-ammi
F27: Lit he
R26: Ezekiel 23:45; Hosea 2:5; 4:5
R27: Isaiah 50:1
R28: Jeremiah 3:1,9,13
R29: Jeremiah 13:22; Ezekiel 16:7,22,39
R30: Ezekiel 16:4
R31: Isaiah 32:13,14; Hosea 13:15
R32: Jeremiah 14:3; Amos 8:11-13
R33: Jeremiah 13:14
R34: Isaiah 1:21; Jeremiah 2:25; 3:1,2; Hosea 3:1
R34: Isaiah 1:21; Jeremiah 2:25; 3:1,2; Hosea 3:1
R35: Jeremiah 44:17,18; Hosea 2:12
R36: Hosea 2:8
R37: Job 1:19:8; Lamentations 3:7,9
R38: Hosea 9:6; 10:8
R39: Jeremiah 18:15
R40: Hosea 5:13
R41: Luke 15:17,18
R42: Jeremiah 2:2; 3:1; Ezekiel 16:8; 23:4
R43: Jeremiah 14:22; Hosea 13:6
R44: Isaiah 1:3
R45: Ezekiel 16:19
R46: Hosea 8:7; 9:2
R47: Ezekiel 16:37
R48: Jeremiah 7:34; 16:9
R49: Hosea 3:4; Amos 5:21; 8:10
R50: Isaiah 1:13,14
R51: Jeremiah 5:17; 8:13
R52: Isaiah 5:5; 7:23
R53: Hosea 13:8
R54: Hosea 4:13; 11:2
R55: Jeremiah 7:9
R56: Ezekiel 16:12,17; 23:40
R57: Hosea 4:6; 8:14; 13:6
R58: Ezekiel 20:33-38
R59: Ezekiel 28:25,26
R60: Joshua 7:26
R61: Jeremiah 2:1-3; Ezekiel 16:8-14
R62: Hosea 11:1; 12:9,13; 13:4
R63: Isaiah 54:5; Hosea 2:7
R64: Exodus 23:13; Joshua 23:7; Psalms 16:4
R65: Job 1:5:23; Isaiah 11:6-9; Ezekiel 34:25
R66: Isaiah 2:4; Ezekiel 39:1-10
R67: Leviticus 26:5; Jeremiah 23:6; Ezekiel 34:25
R68: Isaiah 62:4,5
R69: Isaiah 1:27; 54:6-8
R70: Jeremiah 31:33,34; Hosea 6:6; 13:4
R71: Isaiah 55:10; Zechariah 8:12; Malachi 3:10,11
R72: Jeremiah 31:12; Joel 2:19
R73: Jeremiah 31:27
R74: Hosea 1:6
R75: Romans 9:25; 1 Peter 2:10
R76: Hosea 1:9