Hosea 1

1 The word of Jehovah that came to Hoseʹa the son of Beeʹri in the days of Uzziʹah, Joʹtham, Aʹhaz, and Hezekiʹah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboʹam son of Joʹash, the king of Israel.

2 When Jehovah started to speak his word through Hoseʹa, Jehovah said to Hoseʹa: “Go, marry a woman of prostitution and have children of prostitution, because by prostitution the land has turned completely away from following Jehovah.”

3 So he went and married Goʹmer the daughter of Diblaʹim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

4 Then Jehovah said to him: “Name him Jezʹreel, for in a little while I will hold an accounting against the house of Jeʹhu for the acts of bloodshed of Jezʹreel, and I will put an end to the royal rule of the house of Israel.

5 In that day I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezʹreel.”

6 She conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. And He told him: “Name her Lo-ruhaʹmah, for I will no longer show mercy to the house of Israel, because I will certainly drive them away.

7 But I will show mercy to the house of Judah, and I will save them by Jehovah their God; I will not save them by bow or by sword or by war or by horses or by horsemen.”

8 After weaning Lo-ruhaʹmah, she conceived and gave birth to a son.

9 Then He said: “Name him Lo-amʹmi, because you are not my people and I will not be yours.

10 “And the number of the people of Israel will be like the grains of sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ it will be said to them, ‘The sons of the living God.’

11 And the people of Judah and of Israel will be gathered together into unity and will choose for themselves one head and go up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezʹreel.