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Hosea 2 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Unfaithful Wife

1 Say to your brother,a "Ammi,"b and to your sister,c "Ruhamah."d 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},e and her adultery from between her breasts. 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;f 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." 6 Therefore, Look! I [am] going to hedge her pathg {with thorns},h and I will build a stone wall, a stone wall [against] her, and she will not find her paths. 7 Then she will pursue {her lovers},i 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." 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,j her new moons,k and her Sabbaths,l and all her appointed festivals;m 12 and I will lay waste to her vinesn and her fig trees,o 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 animalsp of the field will devour them. 13 {I will punish her}q [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. 14 Therefore, Look! I [am] going to allure her and bring her [into] the desert, and {I will speak tenderly to her}.r 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}--s a declaration of Yahweh-- you will call me, "My husband;"t you will no longer call me, "My Baal."u 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 animalsv of the field, with the birdsw of the heaven, and [with] the creeping thingsx 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. 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}y in faithfulness, and you will know Yahweh. 21 On that day I will answer, {declares Yahweh},z I will answer the heavens, and they will answer the earth. 22 And the earth will answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they will answer Jezreel.aa 23 I will sow her for myself in the land; I will have pity on Lo-ruhama;bb I will say to Lo-ammi,cc "You are my people," and he himself will say, "[you are] my God."
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