“For she does (A)not know that it was (B)I who gave her the grain, the new wine and the oil,
And lavished on her silver and gold,
Which they [a]used for Baal.
“Therefore, I will (C)take back My grain at [b]harvest time
And My new wine in its season.
I will also take away My wool and My flax
Given to cover her nakedness.
10 “And then I will (D)uncover her lewdness
In the sight of her lovers,
And no one will rescue her out of My hand.
11 “I will also (E)put an end to all her gaiety,
Her (F)feasts, her (G)new moons, her sabbaths
And all her festal assemblies.
12 “I will (H)destroy her vines and fig trees,
Of which she said, ‘These are my wages
Which my lovers have given me.’
And I will (I)make them a forest,
And the (J)beasts of the field will devour them.
13 “I will punish her for the (K)days of the Baals
When she used to [c](L)offer sacrifices to them
And (M)adorn herself with her [d]earrings and jewelry,
And follow her lovers, so that she (N)forgot Me,” declares the Lord.

Restoration of Israel

14 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
(O)Bring her into the wilderness
And speak [e]kindly to her.
15 “Then I will give her her (P)vineyards from there,
And (Q)the valley of Achor as a door of hope.
And she will [f](R)sing there as in the days of her youth,
As in the (S)day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
16 “It will come about in that day,” declares the Lord,
“That you will call Me [g](T)Ishi
And will no longer call Me [h]Baali.
17 “For (U)I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth,
So that they will be [i]mentioned by their names no more.

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 2:8 Or made into the
  2. Hosea 2:9 Lit its time
  3. Hosea 2:13 Or burn incense
  4. Hosea 2:13 Or nose rings
  5. Hosea 2:14 Lit upon her heart
  6. Hosea 2:15 Or give answer
  7. Hosea 2:16 I.e. my husband
  8. Hosea 2:16 I.e. my master, or my Baal
  9. Hosea 2:17 Or remembered

The more [a](A)they called them,
The more they went from [b]them;
They kept (B)sacrificing to the Baals
And (C)burning incense to idols.

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 11:2 I.e. God’s prophets
  2. Hosea 11:2 I.e. God’s prophets

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