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Hosea 2 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Israel’s Unfaithfulness Punished

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:1 - [fn] Say to your brothers, “You are my people,”[fn] and to your sisters, “You have received mercy.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:2 - “Plead with your mother, plead—
for she is not my wife,
and I am not her husband—
that she put away her whoring from her face,
and her adultery from between her breasts;
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:3 - lest I strip her naked
and make her as in the day she was born,
and make her like a wilderness,
and make her like a parched land,
and kill her with thirst.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:4 - Upon her children also I will have no mercy,
because they are children of whoredom.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:5 - For their mother has played the whore;
she who conceived them has acted 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.’
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:6 - Therefore I will hedge up her[fn] way with thorns,
and I will build a wall against her,
so that she cannot find her paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:7 - She shall pursue her lovers
but not overtake them,
and she shall seek them
but shall not find them.
Then she shall say,
‘I will go and return to my first husband,
for it was better for me then than now.’
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:8 - And she did not know
that it was I who gave her
the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and who lavished on her silver and gold,
which they used for Baal.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:9 - Therefore I will take back
my grain in its time,
and my wine in its season,
and I will take away my wool and my flax,
which were to cover her nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:10 - Now I will uncover her lewdness
in the sight of her lovers,
and no one shall rescue her out of my hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:11 - And I will put an end to all her mirth,
her feasts, her new moons, her Sabbaths,
and all her appointed feasts.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:12 - And I will lay waste her vines and her fig trees,
of which she said,
‘These are my wages,
which my lovers have given me.’
I will make them a forest,
and the beasts of the field shall devour them.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:13 - And I will punish her for the feast days of the Baals
when she burned offerings to them
and adorned herself with her ring and jewelry,
and went after her lovers
and forgot me, declares the LORD.

The Lord’s Mercy on Israel

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:14 - “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
and bring her into the wilderness,
and speak tenderly to her.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:15 - And there I will give her her vineyards
and make the Valley of Achor[fn] a door of hope.
And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth,
as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:16 - “And in that day, declares the LORD, you will call me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal.’
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:17 - For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, and they shall be remembered by name no more.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:18 - And I will make for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground. And I will abolish[fn] the bow, the sword, and war from the land, and I will make you lie down in safety.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:19 - And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:20 - I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:21 - “And in that day I will answer, declares the LORD,
I will answer the heavens,
and they shall answer the earth,
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:22 - and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and they shall answer Jezreel,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:23 - and I will sow her for myself in the land.
And I will have mercy on No Mercy,[fn]
and I will say to Not My People,[fn] ‘You are my people’;
and he shall say, ‘You are my God.’”
ESV Footnotes
Ch 2:3 in Hebrew
Hebrew ammi, which means my people
Hebrew ruhama, which means she has received mercy
Hebrew your
Achor means trouble; compare Joshua 7:26
Hebrew break
Jezreel means God will sow
Hebrew Lo-ruhama
Hebrew Lo-ammi

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