The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri, in the days of Kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah of Judah, and in the days of King Jeroboam son of Joash of Israel.
When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, "Go, take for yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord."
So he went and took Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.
And the Lord said to him, "Name him Jezreel; a for in a little while I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.
On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel."
She conceived again and bore a daughter. Then the Lord said to him, "Name her Lo-ruhamah, b for I will no longer have pity on the house of Israel or forgive them.
But I will have pity on the house of Judah, and I will save them by the Lord their God; I will not save them by bow, or by sword, or by war, or by horses, or by horsemen."
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