1 a“In that day you will call your brothers Ammi — ‘My people.’ And you will call your sisters Ruhamah — ‘The ones I love.’
for she is no longer my wife,
and I am no longer her husband.
Tell her to remove the prostitute’s makeup from her face
and the clothing that exposes her breasts.
as she was on the day she was born.
I will leave her to die of thirst,
as in a dry and barren wilderness.
for they were conceived in prostitution.
and became pregnant in a shameful way.
She said, ‘I’ll run after other lovers
and sell myself to them for food and water,
for clothing of wool and linen,
and for olive oil and drinks.’
I will block her path with a wall
to make her lose her way.
she won’t be able to catch them.
She will search for them
but not find them.
Then she will think,
‘I might as well return to my husband,
for I was better off with him than I am now.’
the grain, the new wine, the olive oil;
I even gave her silver and gold.
But she gave all my gifts to Baal.
I generously provided each harvest season.
I will take away the wool and linen clothing
I gave her to cover her nakedness.
while all her lovers look on.
No one will be able
to rescue her from my hands.
her new moon celebrations, and her Sabbath days —
all her appointed festivals.
things she claims her lovers gave her.
I will let them grow into tangled thickets,
where only wild animals will eat the fruit.
when she burned incense to her images of Baal,
when she put on her earrings and jewels
and went out to look for her lovers
but forgot all about me,”
says the LORD.
The LORD’s Love for Unfaithful Israel
I will lead her into the desert
and speak tenderly to her there.
and transform the Valley of Troubleb into a gateway of hope.
She will give herself to me there,
as she did long ago when she was young,
when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt.
“you will call me ‘my husband’
instead of ‘my master.’c
and you will never mention them again.
with all the wild animals and the birds of the sky
and the animals that scurry along the ground
so they will not harm you.
I will remove all weapons of war from the land,
all swords and bows,
so you can live unafraid
in peace and safety.
showing you righteousness and justice,
unfailing love and compassion.
and you will finally know me as the LORD.
says the LORD.
“I will answer the sky as it pleads for clouds.
And the sky will answer the earth with rain.
of the grain, the grapevines, and the olive trees.
And they in turn will answer,
‘Jezreel’ — ‘God plants!’
and raise them for myself.
I will show love
to those I called ‘Not loved.’d
And to those I called ‘Not my people,’e
I will say, ‘Now you are my people.’
And they will reply, ‘You are our God!’”
Hosea, 2 chapter. New Living Translation.