When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, "Go, marry a promiscuous9 woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness10 to the LORD."
So he married Gomer11 daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.
Then the LORD said to Hosea, "Call him Jezreel,12 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.
In that day I will break Israel's bow in the Valley of Jezreel.13"
Gomer14 conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the LORD said to Hosea, "Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means "not loved"),15 for I will no longer show love to the house of Israel,16 that I should at all forgive them.
Yet I will show love to the house of Judah; and I will save them--not by bow,17 sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but by the LORD their God.18"
After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah,19 Gomer had another son.
Then the LORD said, "Call him Lo-Ammi (which means "not my people"), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.b2010
"Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted.21 In the place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' they will be called 'children of the living God.'222311
The people of Judah and the people of Israel will come together;24 they will appoint one leader25 and will come up out of the land,26 for great will be the day of Jezreel.27