1:11 This is the word of the Lord which was revealed to Hosea2 son of Beeri during the time when3 Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah ruled Judah,4 and during the time when Jeroboam son of Joash5 ruled Israel.6
Symbols of Sin and Judgment: The Prostitute and Her Children
1:2 When the Lord first spoke7 through8 Hosea, he9 said to him,10 “Go marry11 a prostitute12 who will bear illegitimate children conceived through prostitution,13 because the nation14 continually commits spiritual prostitution15 by turning away from16 the Lord.”
1:3 So Hosea married17 Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim. Then she conceived and gave birth to a son for him.
1:4 Then the Lord said to Hosea,18 “Name him ‘Jezreel,’ because in a little while I will punish19 the dynasty20 of Jehu on account of the bloodshed21 in the valley of Jezreel,22 and I will put an end to the kingdom23 of Israel.24
1:5 At that time,25 I will destroy the military power26 of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.”
1:6 She conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord>27 said to him, “Name her ‘No Pity’ (Lo-Ruhamah) because I will no longer have pity28 on the nation29 of Israel. For30 I will certainly not forgive31 their guilt.32
1:7 But I will have pity on the nation33 of Judah.34 I will deliver them by the Lord their God; I will not deliver them by the warrior’s bow, by sword, by military victory,35 by chariot horses, or by chariots.”36
1:8 When37 she had weaned ‘No Pity’ (Lo-Ruhamah) she conceived again and gave birth to another son.
1:9 Then the Lord>38 said: “Name him ‘Not My People’ (Lo-Ammi), because you39 are not my people and I am not your40 God.”41