Bible: Hos 2:1-23

2:1 Then you will call 1  your 2  brother, “My People(Ammi)! You will call your sister, “Pity” (Ruhamah)!

Idolatrous Israel Will Be Punished Like a Prostitute

2:2 Plead earnestly 3  with your 4  mother

(for 5  she is not my wife, and I am not her husband),

so that 6  she might put an end to her adulterous lifestyle, 7 

and turn away from her sexually immoral behavior. 8 

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 9  her with thirst.

2:4 I will have no pity on her children, 10 

because they are children conceived in adultery. 11 

2:5 For their mother has committed adultery;

she who conceived them has acted shamefully.

For she said, “I will seek out 12  my lovers; 13 

they are the ones who give me my bread and my water,

my wool, my flax, my olive oil, and my wine. 14 

The Lords Discipline Will Bring Israel Back

2:6 Therefore, I will soon 15  fence her in 16  with thorns;

I will wall her in 17  so that 18  she cannot find her way. 19 

2:7 Then she will pursue her lovers, but she will not catch 20  them;

she will seek them, but she will not find them. 21 

Then she will say,

I will go back 22  to my husband, 23 

because I was better off then than I am now.” 24 

Agricultural Fertility Withdrawn from Israel

2:8 Yet 25  until now 26  she has refused to acknowledge 27  that I 28  was the one

who gave her the grain, the new wine, and the olive oil;

and that it was I who 29  lavished on her the silver and gold

which they 30  used in worshiping Baal! 31 

2:9 Therefore, I will take back 32  my grain during the harvest time 33 

and my new wine when it ripens; 34 

I will take away my wool and my flax

which I had provided 35  in order to clothe her. 36 

2:10 Soon 37  I will expose her lewd nakedness 38  in front of her lovers,

and no one will be able to rescue her from me! 39 

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 40 

that my lovers gave to me!”

I will turn her cultivated vines and fig trees 41  into an uncultivated thicket,

so that wild animals 42  will devour them.

2:13I will punish her for the festival days

when she burned incense to the Baal idols; 43 

she adorned herself with earrings and jewelry,

and went after her lovers,

but 44  she forgot me!” 45  says the Lord.

Future Repentance and Restoration of Israel

2:14 However, in the future I will allure her; 46 

I will lead 47  her back into the wilderness,

and speak tenderly to her.

2:15 From there I will give back her vineyards to her,

and turn the “Valley of Trouble 48  into an “Opportunity 49  for Hope.”

There she will sing as she did when she was young, 50 

when 51  she came up from the land of Egypt.

2:16At that time,” 52  declares the Lord,

“you will call, 53 My husband; 54 

you will never again call me, 55  ‘My master.’ 56 

2:17 For 57  I will remove the names of the Baal idols 58  from your lips, 59 

so that you will never again utter their names! 60 

New Covenant Relationship with Repentant Israel

2:18At that time 61  I will make a covenant for them with the wild animals,

the birds of the air, and the creatures that crawl on the ground.

I will abolish 62  the warrior’s bow and sword

– that is, every weapon of warfare 63  – from the land,

and I will allow them to live securely.” 64 

2:19 I will commit myself to you 65  forever;

I will commit myself to you in 66  righteousness and justice,

in steadfast love and tender compassion.

2:20 I will commit myself to you in faithfulness;

then 67  you will acknowledge 68  the Lord.” 69 

Agricultural Fertility Restored to the Repentant Nation

2:21At that time, 70  I will willingly respond,” 71  declares the Lord.

“I will respond to the sky,

and the sky 72  will respond to the ground;

2:22 then the ground will respond to the grain, the new wine, and the olive oil;

and they will respond to ‘God Plants’ (Jezreel)! 73 

2:23 Then I will plant her as my own 74  in the land.

I will have pity on ‘No Pity’ (Lo-Ruhamah).

I will say to ‘Not My People(Lo-Ammi), ‘You are my people!’

And he 75  will say, ‘You are 76  my God!’

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