Bible: Hosea 2:4-17
2:4 I will have no pity on her children, 1
because they are children conceived in adultery. 2
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. 5
’s Discipline Will Bring Israel Back
2:7 Then she will pursue her lovers, but she will not catch 11 them;
she will seek them, but she will not find them. 12
Then she will say,
because I was better off then than I am now.” 15
Agricultural Fertility Withdrawn from Israel
who gave her the grain, the new wine, and the olive oil;
and that it was I who 20 lavished on her the silver and gold –
and my new wine when it ripens; 25
I will take away my wool and my flax
and no one will be able to rescue her from me! 30
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 31
that my lovers gave to me!”
I will turn her cultivated vines and fig trees 32 into an uncultivated thicket,
so that wild animals 33 will devour them.
2:13 “I will punish her for the festival days
when she burned incense to the Baal idols; 34
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; 37
I will lead 38 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, 41
when 42 she came up from the land of Egypt.
2:16 “At that time,” 43 declares the
so that you will never again utter their names!” 51