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Hosea 2 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The LORD’s Love for His Unfaithful People
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:1 - Say to your brethren, ‘My people,’[fn]
And to your sisters, ‘Mercy[fn] is shown.
God’s Unfaithful People
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:2 - “Bring charges against your mother, bring charges;
For she is not My wife, nor am I her Husband!
Let her put away her harlotries from her sight,
And her adulteries from between her breasts;
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:3 - Lest I strip her naked
And expose her, as in the day she was born,
And make her like a wilderness,
And set her like a dry land,
And slay her with thirst.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:4 - “I will not have mercy on her children,
For they are the children of harlotry.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:5 - For their mother has played the harlot;
She who conceived them has behaved shamefully.
For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers,
Who give me my bread and my water,
My wool and my linen,
My oil and my drink.’
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:6 - “Therefore, behold,
I will hedge up your way with thorns,
And wall her in,
So that she cannot find her paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:7 - She will chase her lovers,
But not overtake them;
Yes, she will seek them, but not find them.
Then she will say,
‘I will go and return to my first husband,
For then it was better for me than now.’
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:8 - For she did not know
That I gave her grain, new wine, and oil,
And multiplied her silver and gold—
Which they prepared for Baal.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:9 - “Therefore I will return and take away
My grain in its time
And My new wine in its season,
And will take back My wool and My linen,
Given 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 deliver her from My hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:11 - I will also cause all her mirth to cease,
Her feast days,
Her New Moons,
Her Sabbaths—
All her appointed feasts.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:12 - “And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees,
Of which she has said,
‘These are my wages that my lovers have given me.’
So I will make them a forest,
And the beasts of the field shall eat them.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:13 - I will punish her
For the days of the Baals to which she burned incense.
She decked herself with her earrings and jewelry,
And went after her lovers;
But Me she forgot,” says the LORD.
God’s Mercy on His People
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:14 - “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
Will bring her into the wilderness,
And speak comfort to her.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:15 - I will give her her vineyards from there,
And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope;
She shall sing there,
As in the days of her youth,
As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:16 - “And it shall be, in that day,”
Says the LORD,
That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’[fn]
And no longer call Me ‘My Master,’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:17 - For I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals,
And they shall be remembered by their name no more.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:18 - In that day I will make a covenant for them
With the beasts of the field,
With the birds of the air,
And with the creeping things of the ground.
Bow and sword of battle I will shatter from the earth,
To make them lie down safely.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:19 - “I will betroth you to Me forever;
Yes, I will betroth you to Me
In righteousness and justice,
In lovingkindness and 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 - “It shall come to pass in that day
That I will answer,” says the LORD;
“I will answer the heavens,
And they shall answer the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:22 - The earth shall answer
With grain,
With new wine,
And with oil;
They shall answer Jezreel.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:23 - Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth,
And I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy;[fn]
Then I will say to those who were not My people,[fn]
‘You are My people!’
And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’ ”
NKJV Footnotes
Hebrew Ammi (compare 1:9, 10)
Hebrew Ruhamah (compare 1:6)
Hebrew Ishi
Hebrew Baali
Literally God Will Sow
Hebrew lo-ruhamah
Hebrew lo-ammi

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