1:1A word of Jehovah that hath been unto Hosea, son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam son of Joash, king of Israel:
1:2The commencement of Jehovah's speaking by Hosea. And Jehovah saith unto Hosea, `Go, take to thee a woman of whoredoms, and children of whoredoms, for utterly go a-whoring doth the land from after Jehovah.'
1:3And he goeth and taketh Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceiveth and beareth to him a son;
1:4and Jehovah saith unto him, `Call his name Jezreel, for yet a little, and I have charged the blood of Jezreel on the house of Jehu, and have caused to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel;
1:5and it hath come to pass in that day that I have broken the bow of Israel, in the valley of Jezreel.'
1:6And she conceiveth again, and beareth a daughter, and He saith to him, `Call her name Lo-Ruhamah, for I add no more to pity the house of Israel, for I do utterly take them away;
1:7and the house of Judah I pity, and have saved them by Jehovah their God, and do not save them by bow, and by sword, and by battle, by horses, and by horsemen.'
1:8And she weaneth Lo-Ruhamah, and conceiveth, and beareth a son;
1:9and He saith, `Call his name Lo-Ammi, for ye are not My people, and I am not for you;
1:10and the number of the sons of Israel hath been as the sand of the sea, that is not measured nor numbered, and it hath come to pass in the place where it is said to them, Ye are not My people, it is said to them, Sons of the Living God;
1:11and gathered have been the sons of Judah and the sons of Israel together, and they have appointed to themselves one head, and have gone up from the land, for great is the day of Jezreel.
2:1`Say ye to your brethren -- Ammi, And to your sisters -- Ruhamah.
2:2Plead ye with your mother -- plead, (For she is not My wife, and I am not her husband,) And she turneth her whoredoms from before her, And her adulteries from between her breasts,
2:3Lest I strip her naked. And have set her up as in the day of her birth, And have made her as a wilderness, And have set her as a dry land, And have put her to death with thirst.
2:4And her sons I do not pity, For sons of whoredoms are they,
2:5For gone a-whoring hath their mother, Acted shamefully hath their conceiver, For she hath said, I go after my lovers, Those giving my bread and my water, My wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.
2:6Therefore, lo, I am hedging up thy way with thorns, And I have made for her a wall, And her paths she doth not find.
2:7And she hath pursued her lovers, And she doth not overtake them, And hath sought them, and doth not find, And she hath said: I go, and I turn back unto My first husband, For -- better to me then than now.
2:8And she knew not that I had given to her, The corn, and the new wine, and the oil. Yea, silver I did multiply to her, And the gold they prepared for Baal.
2:9Therefore do I turn back, And I have taken My corn in its season, And My new wine in its appointed time, And I have taken away My wool and My flax, covering her nakedness.
2:10And now do I reveal her dishonour before the eyes of her lovers, And none doth deliver her out of My hand.
2:11And I have caused to cease all her joy, Her festival, her new moon, and her sabbath, Even all her appointed times,
2:12And made desolate her vine and her fig-tree, Of which she said, A gift they are to me, That my lovers have given to me, And I have made them for a forest, And consumed them hath a beast of the field.
2:13And I have charged on her the days of the Baalim, To whom she maketh perfume, And putteth on her ring and her ornament, And goeth after her lovers, And Me forgat -- an affirmation of Jehovah.
2:14Therefore, lo, I am enticing her, And have caused her to go to the wilderness, And I have spoken unto her heart,
2:15And given to her her vineyards from thence, And the valley of Achor for an opening of hope, And she hath responded there as in the days of her youth, And as in the day of her coming up out of the land of Egypt.
2:16And it hath come to pass, in that day, An affirmation of Jehovah, Thou dost call Me -- My husband, And dost not call Me any more -- My lord.
2:17And I have turned aside the names of the lords from her mouth, And they are not remembered any more by their name.
2:18And I have made to them a covenant in that day, with the beast of the field, And with the fowl of the heavens, And the creeping thing of the ground, And bow, and sword, and war I break from off the land, And have caused them to lie down confidently.
2:19And I have betrothed thee to Me to the age, And betrothed thee to Me in righteousness, And in judgment, and kindness, and mercies,
2:20And betrothed thee to Me in faithfulness, And thou hast known Jehovah.
2:21And it hath come to pass in that day, I answer -- an affirmation of Jehovah, I answer the heavens, and they answer the earth.
2:22And the earth doth answer the corn, And the new wine, and the oil, And they answer Jezreel.
2:23And I have sowed her to Me in the land, And I have pitied Lo-Ruhamah, And I have said to Lo-Ammi, My people thou art, and it saith, My God!'
3:1And Jehovah saith unto me: `Again, go, love a woman, loved of a friend, and an adulteress, like the loved of Jehovah, the sons of Israel, and they are turning unto other gods, and are lovers of grape-cakes.'
3:2And I buy her to me for fifteen silverlings, and a homer and a letech of barley;
3:3and I say unto her, `Many days thou dost remain for Me, thou dost not go a-whoring, nor become any one's; and I also am for thee.'
3:4For many days remain do the sons of Israel without a king, and there is no prince, and there is no sacrifice, and there is no standing pillar, and there is no ephod and teraphim.
3:5Afterwards turned back have the sons of Israel, and sought Jehovah their God, and David their king, and have hastened unto Jehovah, and unto His goodness, in the latter end of the days.
4:1`Hear a word of Jehovah, sons of Israel, For a strife is to Jehovah with inhabitants of the land, For there is no truth, nor kindness, Nor knowledge of God, in the land,
4:2Swearing, and lying, and murdering, And stealing, and committing adultery -- have increased, And blood against blood hath touched.
4:3Therefore mourn doth the land, And weak is every dweller in it, With the beast of the field, And with the fowl of the heavens, And the fishes of the sea -- they are removed.
4:4Only, let no one strive, nor reprove a man, And thy people are as those striving with a priest.
4:5And thou hast stumbled in the day, And stumbled hath also a prophet with thee in the night, And I have cut off thy mother.
4:6Cut off have been My people for lack of knowledge, Because thou knowledge hast rejected, I reject thee from being priest to Me, And thou forgettest the law of thy God, I forget thy sons, I also!
4:7According to their abundance so they sinned against Me, Their honour into shame I change.
4:8The sin of My people they do eat, And unto their iniquity lift up their soul.
4:9And it hath been, like people, like priest, And I have charged on it its ways, And its habitual doings I return to it.
4:10And they have eaten, and are not satisfied, They have gone a-whoring, and increase not, For they have left off taking heed to Jehovah.
4:11Whoredom, and wine, and new wine, take the heart,
4:12My people at its staff asketh and its rod declareth to it, For a spirit of whoredoms hath caused to err, And they go a-whoring from under their God.
4:13On tops of the mountains they do sacrifice, And on the hills they make perfume, Under oak, and poplar, and terebinth, For good is its shade.
4:14Therefore commit whoredom do your daughters, And your spouses commit adultery, I do not see after your daughters when they commit whoredom, And after your spouses when they commit adultery, For they with the harlots are separated, And with the whores they do sacrifice, A people that doth not understand kicketh.
4:15Though a harlot thou art, O Israel, Let not Judah become guilty, And come not ye in to Gilgal, nor go up to Beth-Aven, Nor swear ye, Jehovah liveth.
4:16For as a refractory heifer hath Israel turned aside, Now doth Jehovah feed them as a lamb in a large place.
4:17Joined to idols is Ephraim, let him alone.
4:18Sour is their drink, They have gone diligently a-whoring, Her protectors have loved shame thoroughly.
4:19Distressed her hath wind with its wings, And they are ashamed of their sacrifices!