Hosea 2:2-13 (New American Standard)

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2 "Contend with your mother, 1contend, For she is 2not my wife, and I am not her husband ; And let her put away her 3harlotry from her face And her adultery from between her breasts, 3 Or I will strip her 4naked And expose her as on the 5day when she was born. I will also 6make her like a wilderness, Make her like desert land And slay her with 7thirst. 4 "Also, I will have no compassion on her children, Because they are 8children of harlotry. 5 "For their mother has 9played the harlot ; She who conceived them has acted shamefully. For she said, '10I will go after my lovers, Who 11give me my bread and my water, My wool and my flax, my 12oil and my drink.' 6 "Therefore, behold, I will 13hedge up aher way with 14thorns, And I will build ba wall against her so that she cannot find her 15paths. 7 "She will 16pursue her lovers, but she will not overtake them; And she will seek them, but will not find them. Then she will say, '17I will go back to my 18first husband, For it was 19better for me then than now !' 8 "For she does 20not know that it was 21I who gave her the grain, the new wine and the oil, And lavished on her silver and gold, Which they cused for Baal. 9 "Therefore, I will 22take back My grain at dharvest 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 23uncover her lewdness In the sight of her lovers, And no one will rescue her out of My hand. 11 "I will also 24put an end to all her gaiety, Her 25feasts, her 26new moons, her sabbaths And all her festal assemblies. 12 "I will 27destroy her vines and fig trees, Of which she said, 'These are my wages Which my lovers have given me.' And I will 28make them a forest, And the 29beasts of the field will devour them. 13 "I will punish her for the 30days of the Baals When she used to e31offer sacrifices to them And 32adorn herself with her fearrings and jewelry, And follow her lovers, so that she 33forgot Me," declares the LORD.
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