in the Valley of Jezreel.”
8Now when she had weaned Lo–Ruhamah, she conceived, and bore a son.
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.’
and to your sisters, “My loved one!”
and make her bare as in the day that she was born,
and make her like a wilderness,
and set her like a dry land,
and kill her with thirst.
for they are children of unfaithfulness;
She who conceived them has done shamefully,
for she said, ‘I will go after my lovers
who give me my bread and my water,
my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.’
I will hedge up your way with thorns,
and I will build a wall against her,
so that she cannot find her way.
but she will not overtake them;
and she will seek them,
but will not find them.
Then she will say,
‘I will go and return to my first husband,
for it was better with me then than it is now.’
that I gave her the grain,
the new wine, and the oil,
and multiplied to her silver and gold,
which they used for Baal.
and my new wine in its season,
and will pluck away my wool and my flax
that should have covered her nakedness.
in the sight of her lovers,
and no one will deliver her out of my hand.
about which she has said,
‘These are my wages that my lovers have given me.’
I will even make them a forest,
and the animals of the field will eat them.
on which she turned incense into smoke-perfume,
when she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels,
and went after her lovers,
and forgot me,
and the valley of Achor
for a door of hope.
And she will respond there,
as in the days of her youth,
and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
that you will call me ‘my husband’
and no longer call me ‘my master.’
out of her mouth,
and they will no longer be mentioned by name.
with the animals of the field and with the birds of the heavens,
and with the creeping things of the ground.
I will break the bow, the sword,
and the battle out of the land,
and will make them lie down safely.
and you will know Yahweh.
I will respond to the heavens,
and they will respond to the earth,
and the new wine, and the oil,
and they will respond to Jezreel.
and I will have mercy
on her who had not obtained mercy;
and I will tell those who were not my people,
‘You are my people;’
and they will say, ‘My God!’”
2So I bought her for myself for 15 pieces of silver and a homer and a half of barley.
3I said to her, “You must stay with me many days. You are not to act like a prostitute, and you must not be with any other man. I will also be so toward you.”
4For the children of Israel are going to remain many days without a king, and without ruler, and without a sacrifice, and without a standing-stone, and without an ephod or teraphim.a
5Afterward the children of Israel will return and seek Yahweh their God, and David their king, and will come with trembling to Yahweh and to his blessings in the last days.
and everyone who lives in it will waste away,
along with the animals of the field and the birds of the heavens,
yes, the fish of the sea will also die.
for your people are like those who bring charges against a priest.
so they sinned against me.
I will change their glory into shame.
like people, like priest;
and I will punish them for their ways
and will repay them for their deeds.
they will prostitute themselves
but will not multiply;
all because they have abandoned Yahweh to give themselves
and turn incense into smoke-perfume on the hills,
under oaks and poplars and terebinths,
because its shade is good.
Therefore your daughters prostitute themselves
and your brides commit adultery.
when they prostitute themselves,
nor your brides
when they commit adultery;
because the men consort with prostitutes
and they sacrifice with the shrine prostitutes.
So the people without understanding will come to ruin.
like a stubborn heifer.
Then how will Yahweh feed them
like a lamb in a meadow.
Leave him alone!
They prostitute themselves continually.
Her rulers dearly love their shameful way.
and they will be disappointed because of their sacrifices.
Listen, house of Israel,
and give ear, house of the king!
For the judgment is against you;
for you have been a snare at Mizpah,
and a net spread on Tabor.
but I will discipline all of them.
and Israel is not hidden from me.
For now, O Ephraim,
you have committed prostitution.
Israel has defiled itself.
to return to their God;
for the spirit of prostitution is inside them,
and they do not know Yahweh.
therefore Israel and Ephraim will stumble
in their iniquity.
Judah also will stumble with them.
in the day of rebuke.
Among the tribes of Israel,
I have made known what will surely be.
who remove a landmark.
I will pour out my wrath on them like water.
because he is determined to pursue worthless idols.
and Judah his wound,
then Ephraim went to Assyria,
and sent to the great king;
but he is not able to heal you,
neither can he cure you of your wound.
and like a young lion to the house of Judah.
I myself will tear them in pieces and go away.
I will carry them off,
and there will be no one to rescue them.
until they acknowledge their offense and seek my face.
In their affliction they will seek me earnestly.”
for he has torn us to pieces,
but he will heal us;
he has injured us,
but he will bind up our wounds.
There is prostitution in Ephraim. Israel is defiled.
then the iniquity of Ephraim is uncovered,
also the wickedness of Samaria.
For they commit falsehood,
and a thief comes in,
and the bandits raid outside.
Now their own deeds are all around them;
they are before my face.
and the officials with their lies.
They are burning like an oven
whose fire the baker stops stirring,
from the kneading of the dough until it is leavened.
the officials made themselves sick with the heat of wine.
He joined his hand with mockers.
while they lie in wait.
Their anger smolders all night;
in the morning it burns as a flaming fire.
and they devour their judges.
All their kings have fallen.
There is no one among them who calls to me.
Ephraim is a flat loaf not turned over.
and he does not realize it.
Indeed, gray hairs are here and there on him,
and he does not realize it.
yet they do not return to Yahweh their God,
nor have they sought him for all this.
They call to Egypt. They go to Assyria.
I will bring them down like the birds of heaven.
I will chastise them,
as their congregation has heard.
Destruction to them, for they have trespassed against me!
I would redeem them,
but they speak lies against me.
yet they plot evil against me.
They are like a faulty bow.
Their officials will fall by the sword
because of the insolence of their tongue.
This will be their derision in the land of Egypt.
“My God, we Israel acknowledge you!”
The enemy will pursue him.
My anger burns against them!
How long will it be until they are capable of purity?
The craftsman has made it, and it is not God;
indeed, the calf of Samaria will be broken in pieces.
and they will reap the whirlwind.
He has no standing grain.
The stalk will yield no head;
if it does yield,
strangers will swallow it up.
Now they are among the nations
like a worthless thing.
like a wild donkey wandering alone.
Ephraim has hired lovers for himself.
I will now gather them;
and they begin to waste away
because of the oppression of the king of mighty ones.
they became for him altars for sinning.
the many things of my law,
but they were regarded as a strange thing.
they sacrifice flesh and eat it,
but Yahweh does not accept them.
Now he will remember their iniquity
and punish their sins.
They will return to Egypt.
and Judah has multiplied fortified cities;
but I will send a fire on his cities,
and it will devour its fortresses.
and the new wine will fail her.
and in the day of the feast of Yahweh?
yet I will bereave them,
so that not a man will be left.
Indeed, woe also to them when I depart from them!
for there I hated them.
Because of the wickedness of their deeds
I will drive them out of my house!
I will love them no more.
All their officials are rebels.
Their root has dried up.
They will bear no fruit.
Even though they bring forth,
yet I will kill the beloved ones of their womb.
because they did not listen to him;
and they will be wanderers among the nations.
now they will be found guilty.
He will demolish their altars.
He will destroy their standing-stones.
“We have no king,
for we do not fear Yahweh;
and the king, what can he do for us?”
swearing falsely in making covenants.
Therefore lawsuits spring up
like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field.
for a present to a great king.
Ephraim will receive shame,
and Israel will be ashamed of his own counsel.
like a twig on the water.
will be destroyed.
The thorn and the thistle will come up on their altars.
They will tell the mountains, “Cover us!”
and the hills, “Fall on us!”
and the nations will be gathered against them
when they are bound
to their two transgressions.
that loves to thresh;
so I will put a yoke on her beautiful neck.
I will set a rider on Ephraim;
Judah will plow;
Jacob will break his clods.
You have eaten the fruit of lies,
for you trusted in your way,
in the multitude of your mighty men.
and all your fortresses will be destroyed,
as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel
in the day of battle.
The mother was dashed in pieces
with her children.
because of your great wickedness.
At daybreak the king of Israel will be destroyed.
and called my son out of Egypt.
so they went from them.
They sacrificed to the Baals
and turned incense into smoke-perfume to idols.
I took them by his arms,
but they did not know that I healed them.
with ties of love,
and I was to them
like those who lift up the yoke on their necks;
and I bent down to him and I fed him.
but the Assyrian will be their king,
because they refused to repent.
and will destroy the bars of their gates,
and will put an end to their plans.
Though they call to the Most High,
he certainly will not exalt them.
How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I make you like Zeboiim?
My heart is turned within me,
my compassion is aroused.
I will not return to destroy Ephraim;
for I am God, and not man,
the Holy One in the midst of you,
and I will not come in wrath.
who will roar like a lion;
for he will roar,
and the children will come trembling from the west.
and like a dove out of the land of Assyria,
and I will settle them in their houses,
and chases after the east wind.
He continually multiplies lies and desolation.
They cut a covenant with Assyria,
and oil is carried into Egypt.
and as an adult he fought with God.
he wept and sought his favor.
He found him at Bethel,
and there he spoke with us,
Yahweh is his name of renown!
Keep kindness and justice,
and wait continually for your God.
“Surely I have become rich,
I have found myself wealth.
In all my wealth
they will not find in me any iniquity
that is sin.”
from the land of Egypt.
I will yet again make you dwell in tents,
as in the days of the solemn feast.
and I have multiplied visions;
and by the ministry of the prophets I have used parables.
surely they are worthless.
In Gilgal they sacrifice bulls.
Indeed, their altars are like heaps
in the furrows of the field.
and Israel served to get a wife,
and for a wife he tended flocks and herds.
and by a prophet he was preserved.
Therefore his bloodguilt will be left on him,
and his Lord will repay his contempt.
and have made cast metal images for themselves from their silver,
even idols according to their own understanding,
all of them the work of the craftsmen.
People say about them,
“Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves.”
from the land of Egypt,
and you will acknowledge no god but me,
and besides me there is no savior.
in the land of great drought.
so were they filled.
They were filled,
and their heart was exalted,
so they forgot me.
Like a leopard, I will lurk by the path.
like a bear that is robbed of her cubs,
and will tear the covering of their heart.
I will devour them there like a lioness.
The wild animal will tear them.
because you are against me,
against your help.
that he may save you in all your cities?
And your judges, of whom you said,
“Give me a king and officials?”
and have taken him away in my wrath.
His sin is stored up.
He is an unwise son;
for when it is time,
he does not come to the opening of the womb.
an east wind will come,
the breath of Yahweh coming up from the wilderness;
and his spring will become dry,
and his fountain will be dried up.
He will plunder the storehouse of treasure.
for she has rebelled against her God.
They will fall by the sword.
Their infants will be dashed in pieces,
and their pregnant women will be ripped open.
for you have fallen because of your sin.
and return to Yahweh.
Tell him, “Forgive all our sins,
and accept what is good,
so we offer our lips like bulls.
We will not ride on horses,
nor will we say any more
to the work of our hands, ‘Our gods!’
for in you the fatherless one finds mercy.”
I will love them freely,
for my anger is turned away from him.
He will blossom like the lily
and send down his roots like Lebanon.
and his beauty will be like the olive tree,
and his fragrance like Lebanon.
They will revive like the grain
and blossom like the vine.
Their fragrance will be like the wine of Lebanon.
I answer, and will take care of him.
I am like a green fir tree;
from me your fruit is found.
Who is prudent, that he may know them?
For the ways of Yahweh are right,
and the righteous walk in them,
but the rebellious stumble in them.