The Unfaithful Wife

1 Say to your brother, "Ammi," and to your sister, "Ruhamah."
References for Hosea 2:1
    • a 2:1 - Hebrew "brothers"
    • b 2:1 - Ammi means "My people"
    • c 2:1 - Hebrew "sisters"
    • d 2:1 - Ruhamah means "Pitied"
      2 Plead with your mother, plead-- because she [is] not my wife, and I [am] not her husband. Let her put away her whoring {from before her}, and her adultery from between her breasts.
      References for Hosea 2:2
        • e 2:2 - Literally "from her face"
          3 Lest I strip her naked and expose her like the day when she was born; I will make her like the desert and turn her into parched land; I will kill her with thirst.
          4 And I will not have pity on her children, because [they are] children of whoredom.
          5 Because their mother was unfaithful; she who conceived them has acted shamefully, for she said: "I will go after my lovers, the ones who give [me] my bread, my water, my wool, and my flax, my oil, and my drink."
          References for Hosea 2:5
            • f 2:5 - Or "their mother played the whore"
              6 Therefore, Look! I [am] going to hedge her path {with thorns}, and I will build a stone wall, a stone wall [against] her, and she will not find her paths.
              References for Hosea 2:6
                • g 2:6 - Hebrew "your path"
                • h 2:6 - Literally "with the thorns"
                  7 Then she will pursue {her lovers}, but she will not overtake them; she will seek them and not find [them]; and she will say, "I will go and return to my first husband because [it was] better for me then than now."
                  References for Hosea 2:7
                    • i 2:7 - Literally "the ones who love her"
                      8 But she did not know that [it was] I who gave her grain, new wine, and oil, and who gave her silver in abundance, and gold which they made into a Baal.
                      9 Therefore I will take again my grain in its time, and my wine in its season; and I will take away my wool and my flax, [which were] to cover her nakedness.
                      10 And now I will uncover her nakedness before the eyes of her lovers, and no one will rescue her from my hand.
                      11 And I will put an end to all her mirth, her festivals, her new moons, and her Sabbaths, and all her appointed festivals;
                      References for Hosea 2:11
                        • j 2:11 - Hebrew "festival"
                        • k 2:11 - Hebrew "new moon"
                        • l 2:11 - Hebrew "Sabbath"
                        • m 2:11 - Hebrew "festival"
                          12 and I will lay waste to her vines and her fig trees, of which she said, "They [are] my payment for prostitution, which my lovers gave to me." I will make them a forest, and the wild animals of the field will devour them.
                          References for Hosea 2:12
                            • n 2:12 - Hebrew "vine"
                            • o 2:12 - Hebrew "fig tree"
                            • p 2:12 - Hebrew "animal"
                              13 {I will punish her} [for] the days of the Baals, to whom she burns incense, and she decked herself [with] her ornamental ring and jewelry, and she went after her lovers, and forgot me --a declaration of Yahweh.
                              References for Hosea 2:13
                                • q 2:13 - Literally "To visit sins upon her;" see 1:4
                                  14 Therefore, Look! I [am] going to allure her and bring her [into] the desert, and {I will speak tenderly to her}.
                                  References for Hosea 2:14
                                    • r 2:14 - Literally "I will speak to her heart"
                                      15 From there I will give her her vineyards, and the Valley of Achor as a doorway of hope. And there she will respond, as [in] the days of her youth, just as [in] the day of her coming out of the land of Egypt.
                                      16 {And on that day}-- a declaration of Yahweh-- you will call me, "My husband;" you will no longer call me, "My Baal."
                                      References for Hosea 2:16
                                        • s 2:16 - Literally, "And it will happen on that day"
                                        • t 2:16 - Hebrew "Ishi"
                                        • u 2:16 - Hebrew "Baali"
                                          17 I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, and they will no longer be mentioned by their name.
                                          18 I will make a covenant for them on that day, with the animals of the field, with the birds of the heaven, and [with] the creeping things of the ground; [the] bow, [the] sword, and [the] war I will abolish from the land, and I will let them lie down in safety.
                                          References for Hosea 2:18
                                            • v 2:18 - Hebrew "animal"
                                            • w 2:18 - Hebrew "bird"
                                            • x 2:18 - Hebrew "creeping thing"
                                              19 And I will take you as my wife forever; I will take you as a wife for myself in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy.
                                              20 {I will take you as my wife} in faithfulness, and you will know Yahweh.
                                              References for Hosea 2:20
                                                • y 2:20 - Literally "I will take you as a wife to me"
                                                  21 On that day I will answer, {declares Yahweh}, I will answer the heavens, and they will answer the earth.
                                                  References for Hosea 2:21
                                                    • z 2:21 - Literally "a declaration of Yahweh
                                                      22 And the earth will answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they will answer Jezreel.
                                                      References for Hosea 2:22
                                                        • { 2:22 - Jezreel means "God sows"
                                                          23 I will sow her for myself in the land; I will have pity on Lo-ruhama; I will say to Lo-ammi, "You are my people," and he himself will say, "[you are] my God."
                                                          References for Hosea 2:23
                                                            • | 2:23 - Lo-ruhama means "Not pitied"
                                                            • } 2:23 - Lo-ammi means "Not my people"