Hosea 2 ©
The people are exhorted to forsake idolatry, which is threatened with severe judgments. God allureth them with promises of reconciliation.
SAY ye unto your brethren, 1Ammi; and to your sisters, 2Ru-hamah.
aPlead with your mother, plead: for bshe is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her cwhoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;
For gtheir mother hath played the harlot: she that conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my hlovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my 3drink.
And jshe 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, kI will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.
And zI will give her her vineyards from thence, and athe valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, bas in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me 11Ishi; and shalt call me no more 12Baali.
And in that day ewill 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 fI will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and gwill make them to lie down safely.
And hI will betroth thee unto me ifor ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me jin righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
And oI will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I pwill say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.