Bible: Hosea 2:2-13
Idolatrous Israel Will Be Punished Like a Prostitute
(for 3 she is not my wife, and I am not her husband),
and turn away from her sexually immoral behavior. 6
2:3 Otherwise, I will strip her naked,
and expose her like she was when she was born.
I will turn her land into a wilderness
and make her country a parched land,
so that I might kill 7 her with thirst.
2:4 I will have no pity on her children, 8
because they are children conceived in adultery. 9
2:5 For their mother has committed adultery;
she who conceived them has acted shamefully.
they are the ones who give me my bread and my water,
my wool, my flax, my olive oil, and my wine. 12
’s Discipline Will Bring Israel Back
2:7 Then she will pursue her lovers, but she will not catch 18 them;
she will seek them, but she will not find them. 19
Then she will say,
because I was better off then than I am now.” 22
Agricultural Fertility Withdrawn from Israel
who gave her the grain, the new wine, and the olive oil;
and that it was I who 27 lavished on her the silver and gold –
and my new wine when it ripens; 32
I will take away my wool and my flax
and no one will be able to rescue her from me! 37
2:11 I will put an end to all her celebration:
her annual religious festivals,
monthly new moon celebrations,
and weekly Sabbath festivities –
all her appointed festivals.
2:12 I will destroy her vines and fig trees,
about which she said, “These are my wages for prostitution 38
that my lovers gave to me!”
I will turn her cultivated vines and fig trees 39 into an uncultivated thicket,
so that wild animals 40 will devour them.
2:13 “I will punish her for the festival days
when she burned incense to the Baal idols; 41
she adorned herself with earrings and jewelry,
and went after her lovers,