Hosea, CHAPTER 2
The number of the Israelites
will be like the sand of the sea,
which can be neither measured nor counted.
Instead of being told,
“You are Not-My-People,”
They will be called,
“Children of the living God.”
Then the people of Judah and of Israel
will gather together;
They will appoint for themselves one head
and rise up from the land;
great indeed shall be the day of Jezreel!
Say to your brothers, “My People,”
and to your sisters, “Pitied.”
THE LORD AND ISRAEL HIS SPOUSE
Accuse your mother, accuse!
for she is not my wife,
and I am not her husband.
Let her remove her prostitution from her face.
her adultery from between her breasts,
Or I will strip her naked,
leaving her as on the day of her birth;
I will make her like the wilderness,
make her like an arid land,
and let her die of thirst.
I will have no pity on her children,
for they are children of prostitution.
Yes, their mother has prostituted herself;
she who conceived them has acted shamefully.
For she said, “I will go after my lovers,
who give me my bread and my water,
my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.”
Therefore, I will hedge in her way with thorns
and erect a wall against her,
so that she cannot find her paths.
If she runs after her lovers, she will not overtake them;
if she seeks them she will not find them.
Then she will say,
“I will go back to my first husband,
for I was better off then than now.”
She did not know
that it was I who gave her
the grain, the wine, and the oil,
I who lavished upon her silver,
and gold, which they used for Baal,
Therefore I will take back my grain in its time,
and my wine in its season;
I will snatch away my wool and my flax,
which were to cover her nakedness.
Now I will lay bare her shame
in full view of her lovers,
and no one can deliver her out of my hand.
I will put an end to all her joy,
her festivals, her new moons, her sabbaths―
all her seasonal feasts.
I will lay waste her vines and fig trees,
of which she said, “These are the fees
my lovers have given me”;
I will turn them into rank growth
and wild animals shall devour them.
I will punish her for the days of the Baals,
for whom she burnt incense,
When she decked herself out with her rings and her jewelry,
and went after her lovers―
but me she forgot―oracle of the LORD.
Therefore, I will allure her now;
I will lead her into the wilderness
and speak persuasively to her.
Then I will give her the vineyards she had,
and the valley of Achor as a door of hope.
There she will respond as in the days of her youth,
as on the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
On that day―oracle of the LORD―
You shall call me “My husband,”
and you shall never again call me “My baal.”
I will remove from her mouth the names of the Baals;
they shall no longer be mentioned by their name.
I will make a covenant for them on that day,
with the wild animals,
With the birds of the air,
and with the things that crawl on the ground.
Bow and sword and warfare
I will destroy from the land,
and I will give them rest in safety.
I will betroth you to me forever:
I will betroth you to me with justice and with judgment,
with loyalty and with compassion;
I will betroth you to me with fidelity,
and you shall know the LORD.
On that day I will respond―oracle of the LORD―
I will respond to the heavens,
and they will respond to the earth;
The earth will respond to the grain, and wine, and oil,
and these will respond to Jezreel.
I will sow her for myself in the land,
and I will have pity on Not-Pitied.
I will say to Not-My-People, “You are my people,”
and he will say, “My God!”