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.
The 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.
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.
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 by horsemen.
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 LORD.
And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me
Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.
I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know
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;
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 wine.
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.
For 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.
Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come
not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Bethaven, nor swear, The LORD
For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed
them as a lamb in a large place.
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 LORD.
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but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.
They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have begotten
strange children: now shall a month devour them with their portions.
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 up.
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 earth.
And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return
to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this.
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.
They 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.
They shall not dwell in the LORD's land; but Ephraim shall return to
Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria.
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
Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and
For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD;
what then should a king do to us?
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.
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.
The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob
according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him.
Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his memorial.
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.
And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet
was he preserved.
Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly: therefore shall he leave
his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his LORD return unto him.
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 me.
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.
O israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine
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
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.