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The Book of Hosea: Chapter 1

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Marriage with an Unfaithful Wife. 1The word of the LORD that came to Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam, son of Joash, king of Israel.2In the beginning of the LORD's speaking to Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea:

Go, take a harlot wife* and harlot's children, for the land gives itself to harlotry, turning away from the LORD.

3So he went and took Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim; and she conceived and bore him a son. 4Then the LORD said to him:

Give him the name Jezreel,* for in a little while I will punish the house of Jehu for the bloodshed at Jezreel And bring to an end the kingdom of the house of Israel; 5On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.

6When she conceived again and bore a daughter, the LORD said to him:

Give her the name Lo‐ruhama;* I no longer feel pity for the house of Israel: rather, I abhor them utterly. 7Yet for the house of Judah I feel pity; I will save them by the LORD, their God; But I will not save them by war, by sword or bow, by horses or horsemen.*

8After she weaned Lo‐ruhama, she conceived and bore a son. 9Then the LORD said:

Give him the name Lo‐ammi,* for you are not my people, and I will not be your God.

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1–3 :

This section is ordinarily thought to be biographical, the prophet's personal tragedy figuring as the relation of God to his people Israel. Hosea's marriage to a harlot wife represents Israel's infidelity to her Lord; hence the symbolic names of the children (Hos 1, 4–9 ). In Hos 2, 4–25 the Lord protests this infidelity and decrees its consequences, but promises restoration in return for amendment; his punishments are medicinal. In chapter 3 Hosea once more takes back his wife, but only conditionally, signifying God's long‐suffering love for Israel and hope for her return.

1, 2 :

A harlot wife: this does not necessarily mean that Gomer was a harlot when Hosea married her; the verse describes the event in its final consequences.

1, 4 :

Jezreel: the strategic valley in northern Israel where Jehu brought the dynasty of Omri to an end through bloodshed (2 Kgs 9–10 ). Jeroboam II was the last king but one of the house of Jehu; the prophecy in this verse was fulfilled by the murder of his son, who reigned only six months (2 Kgs 15, 8–10 ).

1, 6 :

Lo‐ruhama: “she is not pitied.” The “pity” that is here withheld from Israel is God's gratuitous love which inspires his beneficent acts.

1, 7 :

The terrible punishments announced by the prophets were so fully realized that later generations made a point of recalling the same prophets' messages of consolation also, even though it meant taking these from another context. Thus, an editor placed the words of Hos 2, 1ff after the repudiation of Israel in Hos 1, 9 ; here the more natural order has been restored. The present verse is another example of the same thing. In addition, it may be the work of a later hand, dating from a time when the prophecies of Hosea were circulated in the south, after the dissolution of the northern kingdom that he had prophesied. The second part of the verse emphasizes the power of the Lord, who needs no human agents to fulfill his will. It may refer to the deliverance of Jerusalem from the siege of Sennacherib (2 Kgs 19, 35ff ).

1, 9 :

Lo‐ammi: “not my people.”

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