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Hosea Chapter 2

Idolatry of the people


2:1 Y‘all say to your brothers, Ammiעַם
Transliteration: ʿam Pronunciation: am – “nation, people” For more info click here
; and to your sisters, Ruhamahרָחַם
Transliteration:rāḥam Pronunciation:raw-kham’ “mercy, compassion” For more info click here
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2:2 Plead with your mother, plead: because she is not My wife, nor am I her husband: let her so put away her harlotry out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;
2:3 so that I don’t strip her naked, and place her like the day that she was born, and make her like a wilderness, and place her like a dry land, and kill her with thirst.
2:4 And I won’t have mercy upon her sons; because they be the sons of harlotry.
2:5 Because their mother is a harlot: she that conceived them has acted 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.

God’s judgments on them


2:6 So, look, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and make a wall, [so] that she won’t find her paths.
2:7 And she will follow after her lovers, but she will not overtake them; and she will seek them, but won’t find them: then will she say, I will go back to my first husband; for then [it was] better with me than now.
2:8 Because she did not know that I gave her grain, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, they prepared for Baalבַּעַל
baʿal) (/ˈbeɪ.əl, ˈbɑː.əl/), or Baʽal a fertility god whose cult was widespread in ancient Phoenician and Canaanite lands. For more info click here
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2:9 So will I return, and take away My grain in its time, and My wine in its season, and will recover My wool and My flax [she uses] to cover her nakedness.
2:10 And now will I uncover her immodesty in the sight of her lovers, and no one will deliver her out of My hand.
2:11 I will also cause all her joy to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.
2:12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, of which she has said, They are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field will eat them.
2:13 And I will visit on her the days of Baalim (From Easton’s Bible Dictionary) — plural of Baal; images of the god Baal (Judges 2:11; 1 Samuel 7:4) also slang for husband., in which she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgot me, says YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
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Reconciliation promised


2:14 So, look, I will entice her, and bring her [to] the wilderness, and speak to her heart.
2:15 And from there I will give her her vineyards, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she will answer there, like in the days of her youth, and like the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
2:16 And at that day, says YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
, that you will call Me husband; and will no longer call me My Baali.
2:17 For I will take away the names of Baalim (From Easton’s Bible Dictionary) — plural of Baal; images of the god Baal (Judges 2:11; 1 Samuel 7:4) also slang for husband. out of her mouth, and they will no more be remembered by their name.
2:18 And in that day will I cut a covenant for them with the animals of the field and with the birds of sky, 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 down safely.
2:19 And I will betroth you to Me forever; yea, I will betroth you to Me in righteousnessצַדִּיק
Transliteration ṣadîq Pronunciation tsad-deek’ To do what is right Tzadik is also the root of the word tzedakah (‘charity’, literally ‘righteousness’). For more info click here
, and in judgment, and in loving kindness, and in compassions.
2:20 I will even betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you will know YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
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2:21 And it will be in that day, I will answer, says YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
, I will answer the heavens, and they will answer the earth;
2:22 And the earth will hear the grain, and the wine, and the oil; and they will hear Jezreelיִזְרְעֶאל
Transliteration: yizrᵊʿe’l Pronunciation: yiz-reh-ale’ Yizrᵉʻêʼl, yiz-reh-ale’; God will sow; Jizreel, the name of two places in Palestine and of two Israelites:—Jezreel. For more info click here
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2:23 And I will sow her to Me in the earth; and I will have mercy on her that hadn’t obtained mercy; and I will say to them that weren’t my people, you are My people; and they will say, You are my El Haiאלהי
“Living El” (EL=God) For more info click here
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