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Hosea 2 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Rename your brothers 'God's Somebody.' Rename your sisters 'All Mercy.' Wild Weekends and Unholy Holidays 1 "Say of your brothers, 'My people,' and of your sisters, 'My loved one.'
2 "Haul your mother into court. Accuse her! She's no longer my wife. I'm no longer her husband. Tell her to quit dressing like a whore, displaying her breasts for sale. 2 "Rebuke your mother, rebuke her, for she is not my wife, and I am not her husband. Let her remove the adulterous look from her face and the unfaithfulness from between her breasts.
3 If she refuses, I'll rip off her clothes and expose her, naked as a newborn. I'll turn her skin into dried-out leather, her body into a badlands landscape, a rack of bones in the desert. 3 Otherwise I will strip her naked and make her as bare as on the day she was born; I will make her like a desert, turn her into a parched land, and slay her with thirst.
4 I'll have nothing to do with her children, born one and all in a whorehouse. 4 I will not show my love to her children, because they are the children of adultery.
5 Face it: Your mother's been a whore, bringing bastard children into the world. She said, 'I'm off to see my lovers! They'll wine and dine me, Dress and caress me, perfume and adorn me!' 5 Their mother has been unfaithful and has conceived them in disgrace. She said, 'I will go after my lovers, who give me my food and my water, my wool and my linen, my oil and my drink.'
6 But I'll fix her: I'll dump her in a field of thistles, then lose her in a dead-end alley. 6 Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.
7 She'll go on the hunt for her lovers but not bring down a single one. She'll look high and low but won't find a one. Then she'll say, 'I'm going back to my husband, the one I started out with. That was a better life by far than this one.' 7 She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say, 'I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off than now.'
8 She didn't know that it was I all along who wined and dined and adorned her, That I was the one who dressed her up in the big-city fashions and jewelry that she wasted on wild Baal-orgies. 8 She has not acknowledged that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, who lavished on her the silver and gold-- which they used for Baal.
9 I'm about to bring her up short: No more wining and dining! Silk lingerie and gowns are a thing of the past. 9 "Therefore I will take away my grain when it ripens, and my new wine when it is ready. I will take back my wool and my linen, intended to cover her nakedness.
10 I'll expose her genitals to the public. All her fly-by-night lovers will be helpless to help her. 10 So now I will expose her lewdness before the eyes of her lovers; no one will take her out of my hands.
11 Party time is over. I'm calling a halt to the whole business, her wild weekends and unholy holidays. 11 I will stop all her celebrations: her yearly festivals, her New Moons, her Sabbath days--all her appointed feasts.
12 I'll wreck her sumptuous gardens and ornamental fountains, of which she bragged, 'Whoring paid for all this!' They will soon be dumping grounds for garbage, feeding grounds for stray dogs and cats. 12 I will ruin her vines and her fig trees, which she said were her pay from her lovers; I will make them a thicket, and wild animals will devour them.
13 I'll make her pay for her indulgence in promiscuous religion - all that sensuous Baal worship And all the promiscuous sex that went with it, stalking her lovers, dressed to kill, And not a thought for me." God's Message! To Start All Over Again 13 I will punish her for the days she burned incense to the Baals; she decked herself with rings and jewelry, and went after her lovers, but me she forgot," declares the LORD.
14 "And now, here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to start all over again. I'm taking her back out into the wilderness where we had our first date, and I'll court her. 14 "Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her.
15 I'll give her bouquets of roses. I'll turn Heartbreak Valley into Acres of Hope. She'll respond like she did as a young girl, those days when she was fresh out of Egypt. 15 There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt.
16 "At that time" - this is God's Message still - "you'll address me, 'Dear husband!' Never again will you address me, 'My slave-master!' 16 "In that day," declares the LORD, "you will call me 'my husband'; you will no longer call me 'my master. '
17 I'll wash your mouth out with soap, get rid of all the dirty false-god names, not so much as a whisper of those names again. 17 I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips; no longer will their names be invoked.
18 At the same time I'll make a peace treaty between you and wild animals and birds and reptiles, And get rid of all weapons of war. Think of it! Safe from beasts and bullies! 18 In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the creatures that move along the ground. Bow and sword and battle I will abolish from the land, so that all may lie down in safety.
19 And then I'll marry you for good - forever! I'll marry you true and proper, in love and tenderness. 19 I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.
20 Yes, I'll marry you and neither leave you nor let you go. You'll know me, God, for who I really am. 20 I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the LORD.
21 "On the very same day, I'll answer" - this is God's Message - "I'll answer the sky, sky will answer earth, 21 "In that day I will respond," declares the LORD-- "I will respond to the skies, and they will respond to the earth;
22 Earth will answer grain and wine and olive oil, and they'll all answer Jezreel. 22 and the earth will respond to the grain, the new wine and oil, and they will respond to Jezreel.
23 I'll plant her in the good earth. I'll have mercy on No-Mercy. I'll say to Nobody, 'You're my dear Somebody,' and he'll say 'You're my God!'" 23 I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called 'Not my loved one.' I will say to those called 'Not my people, ' 'You are my people'; and they will say, 'You are my God.' "