1A message from the LORD came to Hosea, the son of Beeri. The message came while Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah were kings of Judah. It also came while Jeroboam was king of Israel. He was the son of Jehoash. Here is what the LORD said to him.
Hosea’s wife and children
2The LORD began to speak through Hosea. He said to him, ‘Go. Marry a woman who has sex with anyone she wants. Have children with her. Do this because the people of the land are like that kind of wife. They have not been faithful to me.’3So Hosea married Gomer. She was the daughter of Diblaim. Gomer became pregnant and had a son by Hosea.4Then the LORD said to Hosea, ‘Name him Jezreel. That’s because I will soon punish Jehu’s royal family. He killed many people at the city of Jezreel. So I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel.5At that time I will break their military power. It will happen in the Valley of Jezreel.’6Gomer became pregnant again. She had a daughter. Then the LORD said to Hosea, ‘Name her Lo-Ruhamah.’ Lo-Ruhamah means Not Loved. ‘That’s because I will no longer show love to the people of Israel. I will not forgive them anymore.7But I will show love to the people of Judah. And I will save them. I will not use bows or swords or other weapons of war to do it. I will not save them by using horses and horsemen either. Instead, I will use my own power to save them. I am the LORD their God. And I will save them.’8Later, Gomer stopped nursing Lo-Ruhamah. After that, she had another son.9Then the LORD said, ‘Name him Lo-Ammi.’ Lo-Ammi means Not My People. ‘That’s because Israel is no longer my people. And I am no longer their God.10‘But the time will come when the people of Israel will be like the sand on the seashore. It can’t be measured or counted. Now it is said about them, “You are not my people.” But at that time they will be called “children of the living God.”11The people of Judah and Israel will come together again. They will appoint one leader and come up out of the land. And Jezreel’s day will be great.
English Standard Version
1The word of the Lord that came to Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. (2Ki 14:23; 2Ki 15:1; Isa 1:1; Am 1:1; Mic 1:1)
Hosea’s Wife and Children
2When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.” (Eze 16:15; Ho 2:4; Ho 2:5; Ho 3:1)3So he went and took Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.4And the Lord said to him, “Call his name Jezreel, for in just a little while I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel. (2Ki 10:11; Am 7:9)5And on that day I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel.” (Jos 17:16; Jud 6:33; 2Ki 15:29)6She conceived again and bore a daughter. And the Lord said to him, “Call her name No Mercy, for I will no more have mercy on the house of Israel, to forgive them at all. (2Ki 17:6; 2Ki 17:23; Ho 1:9; Ho 2:1; Ho 2:4; Ho 2:23; Ro 9:25; 1Pe 2:10)7But I will have mercy on the house of Judah, and I will save them by the Lord their God. I will not save them by bow or by sword or by war or by horses or by horsemen.” (2Ki 19:35; Ho 2:18; Ho 11:12; Zec 4:6; Zec 9:10)8When she had weaned No Mercy, she conceived and bore a son.9And the Lord said, “Call his name Not My People, for you are not my people, and I am not your God.” (Le 26:12; Ho 1:4; Ho 1:6; Ho 2:23)10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be like the 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 shall be said to them, “Children of the living God.” (Ge 13:16; Ge 22:17; De 14:1; Jos 3:10; Ps 42:2; Isa 62:4; Eze 36:10; Eze 36:37; Ho 1:9; Ro 9:26; 2Co 6:18)11And the children of Judah and the children of Israel shall be gathered together, and they shall appoint for themselves one head. And they shall go up from the land, for great shall be the day of Jezreel. (Isa 11:12; Jer 3:18; Jer 50:4; Eze 34:23; Eze 37:16; Ho 3:5; Zec 10:6)