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Hoshea/Hosea  2:1 - 22

Chapter 2

1 The number of the Children of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which can neither be measured nor counted; and it shall be that instead of it being said about them "You are not My people," it shall be said of them, "the children of the living God."  2 The Children of Judah and the Children of Israel shall be assembled together, and they shall appoint for themselves a single leader and ascend from the land — great is the day of Jezreel.  3 Say to your brothers, "My People!" and to your sisters, "Object of Mercy!"

4 Bear a grievance against your mother, bear a grievance, for she is not my wife and I am not her husband; let her remove her harlotry from before her face and her adulteries from between her breasts.  5 Lest I strip her bare and stand her up as on the day she was born; and I shall set her like a wilderness and place her like a parched land, and I will kill her with thirst.  6 I shall not have mercy on her children, for they are children of harlotry.  7 For their mother has been promiscuous; she who conceived them has shamed herself, for she said, "I shall go after my lovers, those who provide my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink."

8 Therefore, behold! — I shall hedge your way with thorns and build up its fence, so that she will not find her paths.  9 She will pursue her lovers, but she shall not reach them; she will seek them, but she shall not find them; then she will say, "I shall go and return to my first Husband, for it was better for me then than now."  10 She did not realize that it was I Who gave her the grain, and the wine, and the oil, and that I lavished silver upon her, and gold; but they used it for the Baal.  11 Therefore I shall return and take My grain in its time and My wine in its season, and I shall remove My wool and flax for covering her nakedness.  12 Now I shall reveal her degradation before the eyes of her lovers, and no man shall save her from My hand.  13 I shall make an end of her rejoicing, her celebration, her New Moon, and her Sabbath, and her every Festival.  14 I shall lay waste her vine and her fig tree, of which she said, "They are my fee that my lovers gave me"; I shall make them a forest, and the beast of the field shall devour them.  15 I shall visit upon her the day of the Baal-idols when she burned incense to them, and when she adorned herself with her earrings and her jewelry and went after her lovers; and she forgot Me — the words of Hashem.

16 Therefore, behold! — I shall seduce her and lead her to the wilderness, and speak to her heart.  17 I shall give her vineyards from there and the desolate valley will be a portal of hope; and she will call out there as in the days of her youth and as on the day of her ascent from the land of Egypt.

18 It shall be on that day — the words of Hashem — you will call [Me] "my Husband," and you will no longer call Me "my Master."  19 I shall remove the names of the Baal-idols from her mouth, and they shall no longer be mentioned by their name.  20 I shall seal for them a covenant on that day with the beast of the field, and with the bird of the sky and the creeping creature of the earth; bow, and sword, and war shall I destroy from the land, and I shall let them lie securely.

21 I shall marry you to Me forever; I shall marry you to Me with righteousness, and with justice, and with kindness, and with mercy.  22 I shall marry you to Me with fidelity; and you shall know Hashem.


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