Bible: Hosea 1:2-9

Symbols of Sin and Judgment: The Prostitute and Her Children

1:2 When the Lord first spoke 1  through 2  Hosea, he 3  said to him, 4 Go marry 5  a prostitute 6  who will bear illegitimate children conceived through prostitution, 7  because the nation 8  continually commits spiritual prostitution 9  by turning away from 10  the Lord.” 1:3 So Hosea married 11  Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim. Then she conceived and gave birth to a son for him. 1:4 Then the Lord said to Hosea, 12 Name him ‘Jezreel,’ because in a little while I will punish 13  the dynasty 14  of Jehu on account of the bloodshed 15  in the valley of Jezreel, 16  and I will put an end to the kingdom 17  of Israel. 18  1:5 At that time, 19  I will destroy the military power 20  of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.”

1:6 She conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord 21  said to him, “Name her ‘No Pity’ (Lo-Ruhamah) because I will no longer have pity 22  on the nation 23  of Israel. For 24  I will certainly not forgive 25  their guilt. 26  1:7 But I will have pity on the nation 27  of Judah. 28  I will deliver them by the Lord their God; I will not deliver them by the warrior’s bow, by sword, by military victory, 29  by chariot horses, or by chariots.” 30 

1:8 When 31  she had weaned ‘No Pity’ (Lo-Ruhamah) she conceived again and gave birth to another son. 1:9 Then the Lord 32  said: “Name him ‘Not My People’ (Lo-Ammi), because you 33  are not my people and I am not your 34  God.” 35 

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