1The wordof the LORDthat came unto Hosea, the sonof Beeri, in the daysof Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kingsof Judah, and in the daysof Jeroboamthe sonof Joash, kingof Israel. 2The beginningof the wordof the LORDby Hosea. And the LORDsaidto Hosea, Go, takeunto thee a wifeof whoredomsand childrenof whoredoms: for the landhath committed greatwhoredom, departing fromthe LORD. 3So he wentand tookGomerthe daughterof Diblaim; which conceived, and barehim a son.
4And the LORDsaidunto him, Callhis nameJezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avengethe bloodof Jezreelupon the houseof Jehu, and will cause to ceasethe kingdomof the houseof Israel.
5And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will breakthe bowof Israelin the valleyof Jezreel. 6And she conceived again, and barea daughter. And God saidunto him, Callher nameLo-ruhamah: for I will no morehave mercyupon the houseof Israel; but I will utterlytake them away. 7But I will have mercyupon the houseof Judah, and will savethem by the LORDtheir God, and will not savethem by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen. 8Now when she had weanedLo-ruhamah, she conceived, and barea son.
9Then said God, Callhis nameLo-ammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God. 10Yet the numberof the childrenof Israelshall be as the sandof the sea, which cannot be measurednor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the placewhere it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sonsof the livingGod. 11Then shall the childrenof Judahand the childrenof Israelbe gatheredtogether, and appointthemselves onehead, and they shall come upout of the land: for great shall be the dayof Jezreel.