1The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah,1:1 2Ch 26:1–23; Is 1:1; Am 1:1 Jotham,1:1 2Kg 15:5; 2Ch 27:1–9 Ahaz,1:1 2Kg 16:1–20; 2Ch 28:1–27; Is 1:1; 7:1–17; Mc 1:1 and Hezekiah,1:1 2Kg 18:1–20:21; 2Ch 29:1–32:33; Mc 1:1 kings of Judah, and of Jeroboam1:1 2Kg 13:13; 14:23–29; Am 1:1 son of Jehoash, king of Israel.
Hosea’s Marriage and Children
2When the Lord first spoke to Hosea, he said this to him:
Go and marry a woman of promiscuity,1:2 Hs 3:1
and have children of promiscuity,
for the land is committing blatant acts of promiscuity
by abandoning the Lord.
3So he went and married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.1:3 Ezk 23:4
4Then the Lord said to him:
Name him Jezreel,1:4 = God Sows1:4 Hs 2:22 for in a little while
I will bring the bloodshed of Jezreel1:4 2Kg 9:24–10:11
on the house of Jehu1:4 2Kg 9:7; 10:30; 15:10
and put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.
5On that day I will break the bow of Israel1:5 Gn 49:24; Jb 29:20; Jr 49:35
in Jezreel Valley.1:5 Jos 17:16; Jdg 6:33
6She conceived again and gave birth to a daughter, and the Lord said to him:
Name her Lo-ruhamah,1:6 = No Compassion
for I will no longer have compassion
on the house of Israel.
I will certainly take them away.
7But I will have compassion on the house of Judah,1:7 Is 30:18
and I will deliver them by the Lord their God.1:7 Jr 25:5–6; Zch 9:9–10
I will not deliver them by bow, sword, or war,
or by horses and cavalry.1:7 Ps 44:3–7
8After Gomer had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and gave birth to a son.
9Then the Lord said:
Name him Lo-ammi,1:9 = Not My People
for you are not my people,
and I will not be your God.1:9 Lit not be yours1:9 Ex 6:7; Lv 26:12; Jr 7:23; 11:4; 30:22; Ezk 36:28
10Yet the number of the Israelites
will be like the sand of the sea,1:10 Gn 22:17; Jr 33:22
which cannot be measured or counted.
And in the place where they were told:
You are not my people,
they will be called: Sons of the living God.1:10 Rm 9:25–27
11And the Judeans and the Israelites
will be gathered together.1:11 Jr 23:5–6; 50:4–5; Ezk 37:18–25; Hs 3:5
They will appoint for themselves a single ruler1:11 Jr 30:21; Hs 3:5
and go up from1:11 Or and flourish in; Hb obscure the land.
For the day of Jezreel1:11 Ezk 36:9–11 will be great.