Hosea 1; Hosea 2; Hosea 3; Hosea 4; Revelation 1

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Hosea 1

1 The LORD spoke his word to Hosea, son of Beeri, when Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were kings of Judah and when Jeroboam, son of Joash, was king of Israel.
2 When the LORD first spoke to Hosea, the LORD told him, "Marry a prostitute, and have children with that prostitute. The people in this land have acted like prostitutes and abandoned the LORD."
3 So Hosea married Gomer, daughter of Diblaim. She became pregnant and had a son.
4 The LORD told Hosea, "Name him Jezreel. In a little while I will punish Jehu's family for the people they slaughtered at Jezreel. Then I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel.
5 On that day I will break Israel's bows and arrows in the valley of Jezreel."
6 Gomer became pregnant again and had a daughter. The LORD told Hosea, "Name her Lo Ruhamah [Unloved]. I will no longer love the nation of Israel. I will no longer forgive them.
7 Yet, I will love the descendants of Judah. I will rescue them because I am the LORD their God. I won't use bows, swords, wars, horses, or horsemen to rescue them."
8 After Gomer had weaned Lo Ruhamah, she became pregnant again and had a son.
9 The LORD said, "Name him Lo Ammi [Not My People]. You are no longer my people, and I am no longer your God. ,
10 "Yet, the Israelites will become as numerous as the grains of sand on the seashore. No one will be able to measure them or count them. Wherever they were told, 'You are not my people,' they will be told, 'You are the children of the living God.'
11 The people of Judah and Israel will be gathered together. They will appoint one leader for themselves, and they will grow in the land. The day of Jezreel will be a great day.

Hosea 2

1 "So call your brothers Ammi [My People], and call your sisters Ruhamah [Loved].
2 "Plead with your mother; plead with her. She no longer acts like my wife. She no longer treats me like her husband. Tell her to stop acting like a prostitute. Tell her to remove the lovers from between her breasts.
3 If she refuses, I will strip her. I will leave her as naked as the day she was born. I will turn her into a dry and barren land, and she will die of thirst.
4 I won't love her children, because they are children of a prostitute.
5 Their mother acted like a prostitute. The woman who became pregnant with them did shameful things. She said, 'I'll chase after my lovers. They will give me food and water, wool and linen, olive oil and wine.'
6 "That is why I will block her way with thornbushes and build a wall so that she can't get through.
7 She will run after her lovers, but she won't catch them. She will search for them, but she won't find them. Then she will say, 'I'll go back to my first husband. Things were better for me than they are now.'
8 "She doesn't believe that I gave her grain, new wine, and olive oil. I gave her plenty of silver and gold, but she used it to make statues of Baal.
9 That is why I will take back my grain when it has ripened and my new wine when it's in season. I will take away the wool and the linen that I gave her to cover her naked body.
10 I will show her naked body to her lovers, and no one will rescue her from my power.
11 I will put an end to all her celebrations: her annual festivals, her New Moon Festivals, her weekly worship days--all her appointed festivals.
12 I will destroy her grapevines and fig trees. She said that they were gifts from her lovers. I will turn her vineyards into a forest, and wild animals will devour them.
13 I will punish her for all the times she burned incense as an offering to other gods--the Baals. She put on her rings and jewelry, and she chased after her lovers. She forgot me," declares the LORD.
14 "That is why I'm going to win her back. I will lead her into the desert. I will speak tenderly to her.
15 I will give her vineyards there. I will make the valley of Achor [Disaster] a door of hope. Then she will respond as she did when she was young, as she did when she came out of Egypt.
16 "On that day she will call me her husband," declares the LORD. "She will no longer call me her master.
17 I won't allow her to say the names of other gods called Baal. She will never again call out their names.
18 "On that day I will make an arrangement with the wild animals, the birds, and the animals that crawl on the ground. I will destroy all the bows, swords, and weapons of war, so people can live safely.
19 "Israel, I will make you my wife forever. I will be honest and faithful to you. I will show you my love and compassion.
20 I will be true to you, my wife. Then you will know the LORD.
21 "On that day I will answer your [prayers]," declares the LORD. "I will speak to the sky, it will speak to the earth,
22 and the earth will produce grain, new wine, and olive oil. You will produce many crops, Jezreel.
23 I will plant my people in the land. Those who are not loved I will call my loved ones. Those who are not my people I will call my people. Then they will say, 'You are our God!'"

Hosea 3

1 Then the LORD told me, "Love your wife again, even though she is loved by others and has committed adultery. Love her as I, the LORD, love the Israelites, even though they have turned to other gods and love to eat raisin cakes."
2 So I bought her for 23 ounces of silver and 10 bushels of barley.
3 Then I told her, "You must wait for me a long time. Don't be a prostitute or offer yourself to any man. I will wait for you."
4 In the same way, the Israelites will wait a long time without kings or officials, without sacrifices or sacred stones, and without ephods or family idols.
5 After that, the Israelites will turn and look to the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD for his blessings in the last days.

Hosea 4

1 Listen to the word of the LORD, you Israelites. The LORD has brought these charges against those who live in the land: "There is no faith, no love, and no knowledge of God in the land.
2 There is cursing, lying, murdering, stealing, and adultery. People break [my laws], and there is one murder after another.
3 That is why the land is drying up, and everyone who lives in it is passing away. Wild animals, birds, and fish are dying.
4 "No one should accuse other people or bring charges against them. My case is against you priests.
5 During the day you stumble, and during the night the prophets stumble with you. So I will destroy your mother, [the nation of Israel].
6 I will destroy my people because they are ignorant. You have refused to learn, so I will refuse to let you be my priests. You have forgotten the teachings of your God, so I will forget your children.
7 The more priests there are, the more they sin against me. So I will turn their glory into shame.
8 They feed on the sins of my people, and they want them to do wicked things.
9 So the priests will be punished like the people. I will punish them for their wicked ways and pay them back for what they have done.
10 "They will eat, but they'll never be full. They will have sex with prostitutes, but they'll never have children. They have abandoned the LORD.
11 Prostitutes, old wine, and new wine have robbed them of their senses.
12 My people ask their wooden idols for help. A piece of wood tells them what to do. A spirit of prostitution leads them astray. They commit adultery by giving themselves to other gods.
13 They offer sacrifices on mountaintops, and they burn incense on the hills under oaks, poplars, and other trees. They think that these trees provide good shade. "That is why your daughters become prostitutes, and your daughters-in-law commit adultery.
14 Yet, I will not punish your daughters when they become prostitutes or your daughters-in-law when they commit adultery. The men go to prostitutes and offer sacrifices with temple prostitutes. These foolish people will be trampled.
15 "Israel, you act like a prostitute. Don't let Judah become guilty too. Don't go to Gilgal. Don't go to Beth Aven. Don't take the oath, 'As the LORD lives....'
16 "The people of Israel are as stubborn as a bull. How can the LORD feed them like lambs in an open pasture?
17 The people of Ephraim have chosen to worship idols. Leave them alone!
18 When they're done drinking their wine, they continue to have sex with the prostitutes. Their rulers dearly love to act shamefully.
19 The wind will carry them away in its wings, and their sacrifices will bring them shame.

Revelation 1

1 This is the revelation of Jesus Christ. God gave it to him to show his servants the things that must happen soon. He sent this revelation through his angel to his servant John.
2 John testified about what he saw: God's word and the testimony about Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed is the one who reads, as well as those who hear the words of this prophecy and pay attention to what is written in it because the time is near.
4 From John to the seven churches in the province of Asia. Good will and peace to you from the one who is, the one who was, and the one who is coming, from the seven spirits who are in front of his throne,
5 and from Jesus Christ, the witness, the trustworthy one, the first to come back to life, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. Glory and power forever and ever belong to the one who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood
6 and has made us a kingdom, priests for God his Father. Amen.
7 Look! He is coming in the clouds. Every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. Every tribe on earth will mourn because of him. This is true. Amen.
8 "I am the A and the Z," says the Lord God, the one who is, the one who was, and the one who is coming, the Almighty.
9 I am John, your brother. I share your suffering, ruling, and endurance because of Jesus. I was [exiled] on the island of Patmos because of God's word and the testimony about Jesus.
10 I came under the Spirit's power on the Lord's day. I heard a loud voice behind me like a trumpet,
11 saying, "Write on a scroll what you see, and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea."
12 I turned toward the voice which was talking to me, and when I turned, I saw seven gold lamp stands.
13 There was someone like the Son of Man among the lamp stands. He was wearing a robe that reached his feet. He wore a gold belt around his waist.
14 His head and his hair were white like wool--like snow. His eyes were like flames of fire.
15 His feet were like glowing bronze refined in a furnace. His voice was like the sound of raging waters.
16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp, two-edged sword. His face was like the sun when it shines in all its brightness.
17 When I saw him, I fell down at his feet like a dead man. Then he laid his right hand on me and said, "Don't be afraid! I am the first and the last,
18 the living one. I was dead, but now I am alive forever. I have the keys of death and hell.
19 Therefore, write down what you have seen, what is, and what is going to happen after these things.
20 The hidden meaning of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and the seven gold lamp stands is this: The seven stars are the messengers of the seven churches, and the seven lamp stands are the seven churches.