Bible: Hos 2:3-11

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 1  her with thirst.

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

because they are children conceived in adultery. 3 

2:5 For their mother has committed adultery;

she who conceived them has acted shamefully.

For she said, “I will seek out 4  my lovers; 5 

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

my wool, my flax, my olive oil, and my wine. 6 

The Lords Discipline Will Bring Israel Back

2:6 Therefore, I will soon 7  fence her in 8  with thorns;

I will wall her in 9  so that 10  she cannot find her way. 11 

2:7 Then she will pursue her lovers, but she will not catch 12  them;

she will seek them, but she will not find them. 13 

Then she will say,

I will go back 14  to my husband, 15 

because I was better off then than I am now.” 16 

Agricultural Fertility Withdrawn from Israel

2:8 Yet 17  until now 18  she has refused to acknowledge 19  that I 20  was the one

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

and that it was I who 21  lavished on her the silver and gold

which they 22  used in worshiping Baal! 23 

2:9 Therefore, I will take back 24  my grain during the harvest time 25 

and my new wine when it ripens; 26 

I will take away my wool and my flax

which I had provided 27  in order to clothe her. 28 

2:10 Soon 29  I will expose her lewd nakedness 30  in front of her lovers,

and no one will be able to rescue her from me! 31 

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.

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