And the LORD said, "Name him Lo-ammi, for you are not My people and I am not your God."
Yet the number of the sons of Israel Will be like the sand of the sea, Which cannot be measured or numbered ; And in the place Where it is said to them, "You are not My people," It will be said to them, "You are the sons of the living God."
"For their mother has played the harlot ; She who conceived them has acted shamefully. For she said, 'I will go after my lovers, Who give me my bread and my water, My wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.'
"She will pursue her lovers, but she will not overtake them; And she will seek them, but will not find them. Then she will say, 'I will go back to my first husband, For it was better for me then than now !'
"I will sow her for Myself in the land. I will also have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion, And I will say to those who were not My people, 'You are My people !' And they will say, 'You are my God !' "
And now they sin more and more, And make for themselves molten images, Idols skillfully made from their silver, All of them the work of craftsmen. They say of them, "Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves !"
Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to Him, "Take away all iniquity And receive us graciously, That we may present the fruit of our lips.
"Assyria will not save us, We will not ride on horses ; Nor will we say again, 'Our god,' To the work of our hands ; For in You the orphan finds mercy."