Hosea 2:2-13 NIV

Israel Punished and Restored

2 "Rebuke your mother,1 rebuke her, for she is not my wife, and I am not her husband. Let her remove the adulterous2 look from her face and the unfaithfulness from between her breasts.

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      3 Otherwise I will strip3 her naked and make her as bare as on the day she was born;4 I will make her like a desert,5 turn her into a parched land, and slay her with thirst.

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      4 I will not show my love to her children,6 because they are the children of adultery.7

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      5 Their mother has been unfaithful and has conceived them in disgrace. She said, 'I will go after my lovers,8 who give me my food and my water, my wool and my linen, my oil and my drink.'9

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      6 Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.10

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      7 She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them.11 Then she will say, 'I will go back to my husband12 as at first,13 for then I was better off14 than now.'

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      8 She has not acknowledged15 that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil,16 who lavished on her the silver and gold17-- which they used for Baal.18

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          9 "Therefore I will take away my grain19 when it ripens, and my new wine20 when it is ready. I will take back my wool and my linen, intended to cover her nakedness.

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          10 So now I will expose21 her lewdness before the eyes of her lovers;22 no one will take her out of my hands.23

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          11 I will stop24 all her celebrations:25 her yearly festivals, her New Moons, her Sabbath days--all her appointed feasts.26

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          12 I will ruin her vines27 and her fig trees,28 which she said were her pay from her lovers;29 I will make them a thicket,30 and wild animals will devour them.31

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          13 I will punish her for the days she burned incense32 to the Baals;33 she decked herself with rings and jewelry,34 and went after her lovers,35 but me she forgot,36" declares the LORD.37

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