Hosea 2:14-23 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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.' "