Bible, King James Version
] The word of the LORD that came unto 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.
beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take
unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath
committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.
] So he went and
took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a
] And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a
little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and
will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.
] And it
shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the
valley of Jezreel.
] And she conceived again, and bare a daughter.
And God said unto him, Call her name Lo-ruhamah: for I will no more have mercy
upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.
] But I
will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their
God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor
] Now when she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived,
and bare a son.
] Then said God, Call his name Lo-ammi: for ye are
not my people, and I will not be your God.
] Yet the number of the
children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor
numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto
them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of
the living God.
] Then shall the children of Judah and the children
of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall
come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.
] Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi; and to your sisters,
] Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife,
neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her
sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;
] Lest I strip
her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a
wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst.
And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they be the children of
] For their mother hath played the harlot: she that
conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers,
that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my
] Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and
make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.
] And she shall
follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek
them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my
first husband; for then was it better with me than now.
] For she
did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver
and gold, which they prepared for Baal.
] Therefore will I return,
and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof,
and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her
] And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of
her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand.
] I will
also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her
sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.
] And I will destroy her vines
and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers
have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall
] And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein
she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her
jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the
] Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into
the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.
] And I will give
her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and
she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she
came up out of the land of Egypt.
] And it shall be at that day,
saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more
] For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth,
and they shall no more be remembered by their name.
] And in that
day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the
fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break
the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie
] And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I
will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in
lovingkindness, and in mercies.
] I will even betroth thee unto me
in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.
] And it shall come
to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and
they shall hear the earth;
] And the earth shall hear the corn, and
the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel.
] And I will
sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not
obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my
people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.
] Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman
beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD
toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of
] So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for
an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:
] And I said unto
her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou
shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee.
] For the
children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince,
and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without
] Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek
the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his
goodness in the latter days.
] Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for
the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is
no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they
break out, and blood toucheth blood.
] Therefore shall the land
mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of
the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall
be taken away.
] Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy
people are as they that strive with the priest.
] Therefore shalt
thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night,
and I will destroy thy mother.
] My people are destroyed for lack of
knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that
thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I
will also forget thy children.
] As they were increased, so they
sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.
They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their
] And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will
punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.
they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not
increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD.
Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.
] My people ask
counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of
whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their
] They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn
incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow
thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your
spouses shall commit adultery.
] I will not punish your daughters
when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for
themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore
the people that doth not understand shall fall.
] Though thou,
Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal,
neither go ye up to Beth-aven, nor swear, The LORD liveth.
Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a
lamb in a large place.
] Ephraim is joined to idols: let him
] Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom
continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye.
] The wind
hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their
] Hear ye this, O priests; and hearken, ye house of
Israel; and give ye ear, O house of the king; for judgment is toward you,
because ye have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon
] And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I
have been a rebuker of them all.
] I know Ephraim, and Israel is not
hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is
] They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God:
for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the
] And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore
shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with
] They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek
the LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from
] They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they
have begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with their
] Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah:
cry aloud at Beth-aven, after thee, O Benjamin.
] Ephraim shall be
desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that
which shall surely be.
] The princes of Judah were like them that
remove the bound: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like
] Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he
willingly walked after the commandment.
] Therefore will I be unto
Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.
Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the
Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of
] For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young
lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away,
and none shall rescue him.
] I will go and return to my place, till
they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will
seek me early.
] Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath
torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us
] After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will
raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
] Then shall we know,
if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning;
and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the
] O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I
do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it
] Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have
slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that
] For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the
knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
] But they like men have
transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against
] Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted
] And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the
company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit
] I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel:
there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.
] Also, O
Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my
] When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of
Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit
falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth
] And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all
their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my
] They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the
princes with their lies.
] They are all adulterers, as an oven
heated by the baker, who ceaseth from raising after he hath kneeded the dough,
until it be leavened.
] In the day of our king the princes have made
him sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with
] For they have made ready their heart like an oven,
whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it
burneth as a flaming fire.
] They are all hot as an oven, and have
devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that
calleth unto me.
] Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people;
Ephraim is a cake not turned.
] Strangers have devoured his
strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him,
yet he knoweth not.
] And the pride of Israel testifieth to his
face: and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all
] Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call
to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
] When they shall go, I will spread
my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will
chastise them, as their congregation hath heard.
] Woe unto them!
for they have fled from me: destruction unto them! because they have
transgressed against me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies
] And they have not cried unto me with their heart,
when they howled upon their beds: they assemble themselves for corn and wine,
and they rebel against me.
] Though I have bound and strengthened
their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me.
] They return,
but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow: their princes shall
fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue: this shall be their derision in
the land of Egypt.
] Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle
against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and
trespassed against my law.
] Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we
] Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy
shall pursue him.
] They have set up kings, but not by me: they have
made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made
them idols, that they may be cut off.
] Thy calf, O Samaria, hath
cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they
attain to innocency?
] For from Israel was it also: the workman made
it; therefore it is not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in
] For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the
whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the
strangers shall swallow it up.
] Israel is swallowed up: now shall
they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.
they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired
] Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will I
gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the king of
] Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars
shall be unto him to sin.
] I have written to him the great things
of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.
sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat it; but the LORD
accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins:
they shall return to Egypt.
] For Israel hath forgotten his Maker,
and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a
fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.
] Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for
thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every
] The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and
the new wine shall fail in her.
] They shall not dwell in the LORD's
land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in
] They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD, neither
shall they be pleasing unto him: their sacrifices shall be unto them as the
bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their bread for
their soul shall not come into the house of the LORD.
] What will ye
do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the LORD?
For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up,
Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, nettles shall
possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles.
] The days of
visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the
prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine
iniquity, and the great hatred.
] The watchman of Ephraim was with
my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in
the house of his God.
] They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in
the days of Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit
] I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw
your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went
to Baal-peor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations
were according as they loved.
] As for Ephraim, their glory shall
fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the
] Though they bring up their children, yet will I
bereave them, that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe also to them when I
depart from them!
] Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a
pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the
] Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a
miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
] All their wickedness is in
Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive
them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are
] Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall
bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved
fruit of their womb.
] My God will cast them away, because they did
not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.
] Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto
himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars;
according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly
] Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he
shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.
now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then
should a king do to us?
] They have spoken words, swearing falsely
in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of
] The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the
calves of Beth-aven: for the people thereof shall mourn over it, and the priests
thereof that rejoiced on it, for the glory thereof, because it is departed from
] It shall be also carried unto Assyria for a present to king
Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his own
] As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the
] The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be
destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they
shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on
] O Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah: there they
stood: the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake
] It is in my desire that I should chastise them; and the
people shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselves in their
] And Ephraim is as an heifer that is taught, and
loveth to tread out the corn; but I passed over upon her fair neck: I will make
Ephraim to ride; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his
] Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break
up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain
righteousness upon you.
] Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped
iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way,
in the multitude of thy mighty men.
] Therefore shall a tumult
arise among thy people, and all thy fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman
spoiled Beth-arbel in the day of battle: the mother was dashed in pieces upon
] So shall Bethel do unto you because of your great
wickedness: in a morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off.
] When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called
my son out of Egypt.
] As they called them, so they went from them:
they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.
I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I
] I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love:
and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat
] He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the
Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.
the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour
them, because of their own counsels.
] And my people are bent to
backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would
] How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver
thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim?
mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled
] I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will
not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the
midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.
] They shall
walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the
children shall tremble from the west.
] They shall tremble as a
bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will place
them in their houses, saith the LORD.
] Ephraim compasseth me about
with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with God,
and is faithful with the saints.
] Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east
wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with
the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.
] The LORD hath also a
controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according
to his doings will he recompense him.
] He took his brother by the
heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:
he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto
him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us;
] Even the
LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his memorial.
] Therefore turn thou
to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God
] He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his
hand: he loveth to oppress.
] And Ephraim said, Yet I am become
rich, I have found me out substance: in all my labours they shall find none
iniquity in me that were sin.
] And I that am the LORD thy God from
the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of
the solemn feast.
] I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have
multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the
] Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity:
they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows
of the fields.
] And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and
Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.
] And by a
prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he
] Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly: therefore
shall he leave his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord return unto
] When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in
Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died.
] And now they sin
more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols
according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they
say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.
they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early dew that passeth away, as
the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke
out of the chimney.
] Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of
Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside
] I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great
] According to their pasture, so were they filled; they
were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten
] Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the
way will I observe them:
] I will meet them as a bear that is
bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I
devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.
] O Israel,
thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.
] I will be
thy king: where is any other that may save thee in all thy cities? and thy
judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a king and princes?
] I gave
thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my wrath.
iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid.
] The sorrows of a
travailing woman shall come upon him: he is an unwise son; for he should not
stay long in the place of the breaking forth of children.
] I will
ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death,
I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be
hid from mine eyes.
] Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an
east wind shall come, the wind of the LORD shall come up from the wilderness,
and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall
spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels.
] Samaria shall become
desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword:
their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be
] O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast
fallen by thine iniquity.
] Take with you words, and turn to the
LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will
we render the calves of our lips.
] Asshur shall not save us; we
will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our
hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.
I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned
away from him.
] I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as
the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
] His branches shall
spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as
] They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall
revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine
] Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with
idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me
is thy fruit found.
] Who is wise, and he shall understand these
things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and
the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.