Hosea 1:1-6 (Holman Christian Standard)

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1 The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and of Jeroboam son of Joash, king of Israel.

Hosea's Marriage and Children

2 When the Lord first spoke to Hosea, He said this to him: Go and marry a promiscuous wife and [have] children of promiscuity, for the whole land has been promiscuous by abandoning the Lord. 3 So he went and married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. 4 Then the Lord said to him: Name him Jezreel, for in a little while I will avenge the bloodshed of Jezreel on the house of Jehua and put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel. 5 On that day I will break the bow of Israelb in the valley of Jezreel.c 6 She conceived again and gave birth to a daughter, and the Lord said to him: Name her No Compassion,d for I will no longer have compassion on the house of Israel. I will certainly take them away.
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