Hosea 1:2-3; Hosea 2:5; Hosea 2:7; Hosea 2:13-14; Hosea 3:1; Hosea 5:6; Hosea 5:13-15; Hosea 6:1; Hosea 7:12; Hosea 11:10; Hosea 14:6; Hosea 14:9
The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go , take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom , departing from the LORD.
So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived , and bare him a son.
For their mother hath played the harlot : she that conceived them hath done shamefully : for she said , I will go after my lovers , that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink.
And she shall follow after her lovers , but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say , I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.
And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers , and forgat me, saith the LORD.
Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.
Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress , according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.
They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.
When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb : yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.
For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away ; I will take away , and none shall rescue him.
I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence , and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early .
Come , and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn , and he will heal us; he hath smitten , and he will bind us up .
When they shall go , I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard.
They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar , then the children shall tremble from the west.
His branches shall spread , and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent , and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.