NASB — Hosea 2 — KJV

Israel’s Unfaithfulness Condemned

1 ISay to your brothers, “IIAmmi,” and to your sisters, “IIIRuhamah.”
  2 “Contend with your mother, acontend,
  For she is bnot my wife, and I am not her husband;
  And let her put away her charlotry from her face
  And her adultery from between her breasts,
  3 Or I will strip her anaked
  And expose her as on the bday when she was born.
  I will also cmake her like a wilderness,
  Make her like desert land
  And slay her with dthirst.
  4 “Also, I will have no compassion on her children,
  Because they are achildren of harlotry.
  5 “For their mother has aplayed the harlot;
  She who conceived them has acted shamefully.
  For she said, ‘aI will go after my lovers,
  Who bgive [me] my bread and my water,
  My wool and my flax, my coil and my drink.’
  6 “Therefore, behold, I will ahedge up Iher way with bthorns,
  And I will build IIa wall against her so that she cannot find her cpaths.
  7 “She will apursue her lovers, but she will not overtake them;
  And she will seek them, but will not find [them].
  Then she will say, ‘bI will go back to my cfirst husband,
  For it was dbetter for me then than now!’

[1] ICh 2:3 in Heb III.e. my people IIII.e. she has obtained compassion
[2] aEzk 23:45; Ho 2:5; 4:5 bIs 50:1 cJr 3:1, 9, 13
[3] aJr 13:22; Ezk 16:7, 22, 39 bEzk 16:4 cIs 32:13, 14; Ho 13:15 dJr 14:3; Am 8:11-13
[4] aJr 13:14
[5] aIs 1:21; Jr 2:25; 3:1, 2; Ho 3:1 bJr 44:17, 18; Ho 2:12 cHo 2:8
[6] ISo with some ancient versions; Heb your IILit her wall so that aJb 19:8; Lm 3:7, 9 bHo 9:6; 10:8 cJr 18:15
[7] aHo 5:13 bLk 15:17, 18 cJr 2:2; 3:1; Ezk 16:8; 23:4 dJr 14:22; Ho 13:6

  8 ¶ “For she does anot know that it was bI who gave her the grain, the new wine and the oil,
  And lavished on her silver and gold,
  [Which] they Iused for Baal.
  9 “Therefore, I will atake back My grain at Iharvest 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 auncover her lewdness
  In the sight of her lovers,
  And no one will rescue her out of My hand.
  11 “I will also aput an end to all her gaiety,
  Her bfeasts, her cnew moons, her sabbaths
  And all her festal assemblies.
  12 “I will adestroy her vines and fig trees,
  Of which she said, ‘These are my wages
  Which my lovers have given me.’
  And I will bmake them a forest,
  And the cbeasts of the field will devour them.
  13 “I will punish her for the adays of the Baals
  When she used to Iboffer sacrifices to them
  And cadorn herself with her IIearrings and jewelry,
  And follow her lovers, so that she dforgot Me,” declares the LORD.

[8] IOr made into the aIs 1:3 bEzk 16:19
[9] ILit its time aHo 8:7; 9:2
[10] aEzk 16:37
[11] aJr 7:34; 16:9 bHo 3:4; Am 5:21; 8:10 cIs 1:13, 14
[12] aJr 5:17; 8:13 bIs 5:5; 7:23 cHo 13:8
[13] IOr burn incense IIOr nose rings aHo 4:13; 11:2 bJr 7:9 cEzk 16:12, 17; 23:40 dHo 4:6; 8:14; 13:6

Restoration of Israel

  14 ¶ “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
  aBring her into the wilderness
  And speak Ikindly to her.
  15 “Then I will give her her avineyards from there,
  And bthe valley of Achor as a door of hope.
  And she will Icsing there as in the days of her youth,
  As in the dday 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 IaIshi
  And will no longer call Me IIBaali.
  17 “For aI will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth,
  So that they will be Imentioned by their names no more.
  18 “In that day I will also make a covenant for them
  With the abeasts of the field,
  The birds of the sky
  And the creeping things of the ground.
  And I will Ibabolish the bow, the sword and war from the land,
  And will make them clie down in safety.
  19 “I will abetroth you to Me forever;
  Yes, I will betroth you to Me in brighteousness and in justice,
  In lovingkindness and in compassion,
  20 And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness.
  Then you will aknow the LORD.

[14] ILit upon her heart aEzk 20:33-38
[15] IOr give answer aEzk 28:25, 26 bJsh 7:26 cJr 2:1-3; Ezk 16:8-14 dHo 11:1; 12:9, 13; 13:4
[16] II.e. my husband III.e. my master, or my Baal aIs 54:5; Ho 2:7
[17] IOr remembered aEx 23:13; Jsh 23:7; Ps 16:4
[18] ILit break aJb 5:23; Is 11:6-9; Ezk 34:25 bIs 2:4; Ezk 39:1-10 cLv 26:5; Jr 23:6; Ezk 34:25
[19] aIs 62:4, 5 bIs 1:27; 54:6-8
[20] aJr 31:33, 34; Ho 6:6; 13:4

  21 ¶ “It will come about in that day that aI will respond,” declares the LORD.
  “I will respond to the heavens, and they will respond to the earth,
  22 And the aearth will respond to the grain, to the new wine and to the oil,
  And they will respond to IJezreel.
  23 “I will asow her for Myself in the land.
  bI will also have compassion on Iher who had not obtained compassion,
  And cI will say to IIthose who were dnot My people,
  ‘You are My people!’
  And IIIthey will say, ‘[You are] my God!’”

[21] aIs 55:10; Zc 8:12; Mal 3:10, 11
[22] II.e. God sows aJr 31:12; Jol 2:19
[23] IHeb Lo-ruhamah IIHeb Lo-ammi IIILit he aJr 31:27 bHo 1:6 cRo 9:25; 1P 2:10 dHo 1:9


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The idolatry of the people.

1 ¶ Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi; and to your sisters, Ruhamah. 2 Plead with your mother, plead: for she [is] not my wife, neither [am] I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts; 3 Lest 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. 4 And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they [be] the children of whoredoms. 5 For their mother hath played the harlot: she that conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give [me] my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink.

[1] Ex 19:5; Jr 31:33; 32:38; Ezk 11:20; 36:28; 37:27; Ho 1:9; 2:23; Zc 13:9; Ro 11:30; 2Co 4:1; 1Ti 1:13; 1P 2:10.
[2] Is 50:1; 58:1; Jr 2:2; 3:1, 6, 9, 13; 19:3; Ezk 16:20, 25; 20:4; 23:43, 45; Ho 1:2; Mt 23:37; Ac 7:51; 2Co 5:16.
[3] Ex 17:3; Jg 15:18; Is 32:13; 33:9; 47:3; 64:10; Jr 2:6, 31; 4:26; 12:10; 13:22, 26; 17:6; 22:6; 51:43; Ezk 16:4, 22, 37; 19:13; 20:35; 23:26; Ho 2:10; Am 8:11; Rv 17:16.
[4] 2K 9:22; Is 27:11; 57:3; Jr 13:14; 16:5; Ezk 8:18; 9:10; Ho 1:2, 6; Zc 1:12; Jn 8:41; Ro 9:18; 11:22; Jm 2:13.
[5] Jg 16:23; Ezr 9:6; Is 1:21; 50:1; 57:7; Jr 2:20, 25, 26; 3:1; 11:13; 44:17; Ezk 16:15, 28; 23:5, 16, 40; Dn 9:5; Ho 2:2, 8, 12, 13; 3:1; 4:5, 12; 8:9; 9:10; Rv 2:20; 17:1.

God's judgments against them.

6 ¶ Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths. 7 And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find [them]: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then [was it] better with me than now. 8 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. 9 Therefore will I 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. 10 And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand. 11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts. 12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These [are] my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them. 13 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 forgat me, saith the LORD.

[6] Jb 3:23; 19:8; Lm 3:7; Lk 15:14; 19:43.
[7] Dt 6:10; 8:17; 32:13; 2Ch 28:20; Ne 9:25; Ps 116:7; Is 30:2, 16; 31:1; Jr 2:2, 28, 36; 3:1, 22; 14:22; 30:12; 31:18, 32; 50:4; Lm 3:40; Ezk 16:18; 20:32; 23:4, 22; Dn 4:17, 25, 32; 5:21; Ho 5:13, 15; 6:1; 13:6; 14:1; Lk 15:17.
[8] Ex 32:2; Jg 9:27; 17:1; Is 1:3; 24:7; 46:6; Jr 7:18; 44:17; Ezk 16:16; Dn 5:3, 23; Ho 2:5; 4:11; 8:4; 10:1; 13:2; Hab 1:16; Lk 15:13; 16:1; Ac 17:23; Ro 1:28.
[9] Is 3:18; 17:10; Ezk 16:27, 39; 23:26; Dn 11:13; Ho 2:3; Jol 2:14; Zp 1:13; Hg 1:6; 2:16; Mal 1:4; 3:18.
[10] Ps 50:22; Pv 11:21; Is 3:17; Jr 13:22, 26; Ezk 16:36; 23:29; Ho 2:3; 5:13; 13:7; Mi 5:8; Lk 12:2; 1Co 4:5.
[11] 1K 12:32; Is 1:13; 24:7; Jr 7:34; 16:9; 25:10; Ezk 26:13; Ho 9:1; Am 5:21; 8:3, 5, 9; Na 1:10; Rv 18:22.
[12] Ps 80:12; Is 5:5; 7:23; 29:17; 32:13; Jr 26:18; Ho 2:5; 9:1; Mi 3:12.
[13] Ex 32:34; Dt 6:12; 8:11; 32:18; Jg 2:11; 3:7; 10:6; 1S 12:9; 1K 16:31; 18:18; 2K 1:2; 10:28; 21:3; Jb 8:13; Ps 78:11; 106:13, 21; Is 17:10; Jr 2:23, 32; 7:9; 11:13; 18:15; 23:2; Ezk 22:12; 23:35, 40; Ho 2:5, 7; 9:7, 9, 10; 11:2; 13:1.

His promises of reconciliation with them.

14 ¶ Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. 15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. 16 And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, [that] thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali. 17 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name. 18 And in that day will I 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 to lie down safely. 19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. 20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD. 21 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth; 22 And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel. 23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to [them which were] not my people, Thou [art] my people; and they shall say, [Thou art] my God.

[14] Gn 34:3; Jg 19:3; So 1:4; Is 30:18; 35:3; 40:1; 49:13; 51:3; Jr 2:2; 3:12; 16:14; 30:18; 31:1; 32:36; 33:6; Ezk 20:10, 35; 34:22; 36:8; 37:11; 39:25; Ho 2:3; Am 9:11; Mi 7:14; Zp 3:9; Zc 1:12; 8:19; Jn 6:44; 12:32; Ro 11:26; Rv 12:6, 14.
[15] Ex 15:1; Lv 26:40; Nu 21:17; Dt 30:3; Jsh 7:26; Ne 1:8; Ps 106:12; Is 65:10, 21; Jr 2:2; 32:15; Lm 3:21; Ezk 16:8, 22, 60; 28:26; 37:11; Ho 2:12; 11:1; Am 9:14; Zc 9:12; Jn 10:9; Ac 14:27.
[16] Is 54:5; Jr 3:14; Ho 2:7; Jn 3:29; 2Co 11:2; Ep 5:25; Rv 19:7.
[17] Ex 23:13; Jsh 23:7; Ps 16:4; Jr 10:11; Zc 13:2.
[18] Lv 26:5; Jb 5:23; Ps 23:2; 46:9; 91:1; Is 2:4, 11, 17; 11:6; 26:1; 65:25; Jr 23:6; 30:10; 33:16; Ezk 34:25; 39:9; Mi 4:3, 4; Zc 2:11; 3:10; 9:10; 14:4, 9.
[19] Ps 85:10; Is 45:23; 54:5, 8, 14; 62:3; Jr 3:14; 4:2; 31:31; 32:38; Ezk 37:25; 39:29; Jol 3:20; Jn 3:29; Ro 3:25; 7:4; 2Co 11:2; Ep 1:7; 5:23, 25; Rv 19:7; 21:2, 9.
[20] Jr 9:24; 24:7; 31:33; Ezk 38:23; Mt 11:27; Lk 10:22; Jn 8:55; 17:3; 2Co 4:6; Php 3:8; Col 1:10; 2Ti 1:12; He 8:11; 1Jn 4:6; 5:20.
[21] Is 65:24; Zc 8:12; 13:9; Mt 6:33; Ro 8:32; 1Co 3:21.
[22] Ho 1:4, 11.
[23] Dt 26:17; Ps 22:27; 68:31; 72:16; 118:28; So 2:16; Is 44:5; Jr 16:19; 31:27; 32:38; Ho 1:6, 10; 8:2; Zc 2:11; 8:22; 10:9; 13:9; 14:9, 16; Mal 1:11; Ac 8:1; Ro 3:29; 9:25; 11:30; 15:9; 1Th 1:9; Jm 1:1; 1P 1:1; 2:9; Rv 21:3.


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