1The word of Yahweh 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.
2When Yahweh began to speak with Hosea, Yahweh said to Hosea,
“Go, take for yourself a wife of prostitution
and have children of prostitution;
for the land commits great adultery,
3So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; and she conceived and bore him a son.
4Yahweh said to him,
“Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while,
and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel
on the house of Jehu,
and will cause the kingdom of the house of Israel to cease.
5 It will happen in that day that I will break the bow of Israel
in the Valley of Jezreel.”
6She conceived again, and bore a daughter. Then he said to him,
“Call her name Lo–Ruhamah;
for I will no longer have compassion
on the house of Israel
that I should at all forgive them.
7 But I will have compassion on the house of Judah,
and will save them by Yahweh their God,
but will not save them by bow, sword, battle,
horses, or horsemen.”
8Now when she had weaned Lo–Ruhamah, she conceived, and bore a son.
“Call his name Lo–Ammi;
for you are not my people
and I will not be your God.
10 Yet the number of the children of Israel
will be as the sand of the sea
that cannot be measured nor numbered;
and it will come to pass
that in the place where it was said to them,
‘You are not my people,’
they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’
11 The children of Judah and the children of Israel
will be gathered together,
and they will appoint themselves one head,
and will go up from the land;
for great will be the day of Jezreel.”