Hosea 1

1This is the Lord’s message that came to Hosea son of Beeri. This message came during the time that Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were kings of Judah. This was during the time of Jeroboam son of Joash, king of Israel. 2This was the Lord’s first message to Hosea. The Lord said, “Go, marry a prostitute that has had children as a result of her prostitution. Why? Because the people in this country have acted like prostitutes—they have been unfaithful to the Lord.” 3So Hosea married Gomer daughter of Diblaim. Gomer became pregnant and gave birth to a son for Hosea. 4The Lord said to Hosea, “Name him Jezreel. Why? Because in a little while I will punish the family of Jehu for the blood ˻he spilled˼ at Jezreel Valley. Then I will put an end to the kingdom of the nation of Israel. 5And at that time, I will break Israel’s bow at Jezreel Valley.” 6Then Gomer became pregnant again and gave birth to a daughter. ˻The Lord˼ said to Hosea, “Name her Lo-Ruhamah. Why? Because I will not show mercy to the nation of Israel any more. I will not forgive them. 7But I will show mercy to the nation of Judah. ˻I will save the nation of Judah.˼ I will not use the bow or the sword to save them. I will not use war horses and soldiers to save them. I will save them by my own power.” 8After Gomer had finished nursing Lo-Ruhamah, she became pregnant again. She gave birth to a son. 9Then ˻the Lord˼ said, “Name him Lo-Ammi. Why? Because you are not my people. I am not your God.” Will Be Many Israelites 10“˻In the future,˼ the number of the people of Israel will be like the sand of the sea. You can’t measure the sand or count it. Then it will happen that in the place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,’ it will be said to them, 'You are the children of the living God.’ 11“Then the people of Judah and the people of Israel will be gathered together. They will choose one ruler for themselves. And their nation will be too large for the land! Jezreel’s day will be truly great.”

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