Bible: Hosea 2
Idolatrous Israel Will Be Punished Like a Prostitute
(for 5 she is not my wife, and I am not her husband),
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.
they are the ones who give me my bread and my water,
my wool, my flax, my olive oil, and my wine. 14
’s Discipline Will Bring Israel Back
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,
because I was better off then than I am now.” 24
Agricultural Fertility Withdrawn from Israel
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 –
and my new wine when it ripens; 34
I will take away my wool and my flax
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.
2:13 “I 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,
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,
There she will sing as she did when she was young, 50
when 51 she came up from the land of Egypt.
2:16 “At that time,” 52 declares the
so that you will never again utter their names!” 60
New Covenant Relationship with Repentant Israel
2:18 “At 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;
Agricultural Fertility Restored to the Repentant Nation
“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!’