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1 The LORD gave these messages to Hosea son of Beeri during the years when Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were kings of Judah, and Jeroboam son of Jehoash was king of Israel. 1 The word of the LORD that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoash king of Israel:
2 When the LORD first began speaking to Israel through Hosea, he said to him, "Go and marry a prostitute, so some of her children will be born to you from other men. This will illustrate the way my people have been untrue to me, openly committing adultery against the LORD by worshiping other gods." 2 When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, "Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD."
3 So Hosea married Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim, and she became pregnant and gave Hosea a son. 3 So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.
4 And the LORD said, "Name the child Jezreel, for I am about to punish King Jehu's dynasty to avenge the murders he committed at Jezreel. 4 Then the LORD said to Hosea, "Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel.
5 In fact, I will put an end to Israel's independence by breaking its military power in the Jezreel Valley." 5 In that day I will break Israel's bow in the Valley of Jezreel."
6 Soon Gomer became pregnant again and gave birth to a daughter. And the LORD said to Hosea, "Name your daughter Lo-ruhamah -- 'Not loved' -- for I will no longer show love to the people of Israel or forgive them. 6 Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the LORD said to Hosea, "Call her Lo-Ruhamah, for I will no longer show love to the house of Israel, that I should at all forgive them.
7 But I, the LORD their God, will show love to the people of Judah. I will personally free them from their enemies without any help from weapons or armies." 7 Yet I will show love to the house of Judah; and I will save them--not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but by the LORD their God."
8 After Gomer had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she again became pregnant and gave birth to a second son. 8 After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son.
9 And the LORD said, "Name him Lo-ammi -- 'Not my people' -- for Israel is not my people, and I am not their God. 9 Then the LORD said, "Call him Lo-Ammi, for you are not my people, and I am not your God.
10 Yet the time will come when Israel will prosper and become a great nation. In that day its people will be like the sands of the seashore -- too many to count! Then, at the place where they were told, 'You are not my people,' it will be said, 'You are children of the living God.' 10 "Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' they will be called 'sons of the living God.'
11 Then the people of Judah and Israel will unite under one leader, and they will return from exile together. What a day that will be -- the day of Jezreel -- when God will again plant his people in his land. 11 The people of Judah and the people of Israel will be reunited, and they will appoint one leader and will come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel.