The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah,Jotham,Ahaz, and Hezekiah,kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash,king of Israel.2
The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORDsaid to Hosea,Go , take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed greatwhoredom , departing from the LORD.3
So he went and tookGomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived , and bare him a son.4
And the LORDsaid unto him, Call his nameJezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avengea the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.5
And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.6
And she conceived again , and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her nameLoruhamah :b for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away .
But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.