Hosea - Ferrar Fenton Bible Translation page 598

The Books of the Prophets

H O S EA. The Period of I-Ioseals Prophetic OHice was from 785 'to 726 8.0. Eh: ¥1·aphéi _m·b¢1·zh in Marrg u ilrazfiiuiz. 1 THE message from the EvER— LIVING that came to Hosea-ben··

Bari in the Limos of Uzziah, jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, the kings of ' udah and inthe days of ]erabam~ 2 bemjoash, king of Israel. '1‘nl:,Fms·r Mxssmn or··1·un Evmz- Lrvmc 1*0 H0sEA. ‘1`hc,EVER·LIv11~zG said to Hosea,

‘ G0 !7 marry a. wife. from the whores and the child of whores, for the country whores away from the EvEx· LIVINGP So he went and married Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him-a son. Then the.Evmz—z.1,v1Nc said to him, Call; his name jezreel,-—i’or before ` l0ngI _will Ex the murders of jezreel upon the House of jehu, and abolish the. kin ship of Israel; and at the f samei tme 1. will break the bow of Israel in the valley of God’s Harvest} But she conceived again and bore

i Callher name Lo- ruhamah, (‘ Merciless ') :ffor Iwill not continue to have mercy on the Hoiise of Israel, but I will drive them away. How- ever, I-will have mercy on the House of Judah, andisave them because of their Evzx·1.1v11~rc Gon. But I shall not save themby bow and sword and war, by horses, or horsemen. Merci~

she conceived again and bore Call his name Lo·ammi, (' Not·My-People'), for you are not My people, and Iwill not be with you. And although the Children of Israel were as numerous ns the sand of the sea that cannot be measured or counted, yetin. the place where it was said of them, you are Not—My-Peop1e,—they shall be called the children of a Lxvme·Go¤ I For I will collect the children of judah, and the children of Israel together, and they will appoint a Single Head for themselves and rise up from the earth for the Great Day of God’s Harvest. ‘Call to your brothers, ‘ My-

People,’-—and to your sisters who have been pitied; Plead for your Mother——plead; for she is not my wife! and I am not her husband! Strip her whoredoms from her face, and her adulteries from between her breasts, for fear I should strip her naked, and bare, like the day she was born, and banish her to the desert, where the land is waterless, and kill her with thirst; for I will not pity her 6 children,——for they are children of whoredoms. ‘ For their Mother! prostituted 7 herself, she conceived them shame- fully, for she said ‘ I will go after my paramours who gave me bread, and water, wool and flax, oil, and drinks.’ Therefore I will fence up her path with thorns, and weave a hedge, so that she cannot find her beaten path. And when she follows herparamours she shall not overtake them, and when seeking them she shall not find. Then she may say, ‘l will go and return to my former man, for it was better for me than now. ‘ But she did not recognize that it

was I who gave her the corn, and wine, and oil, and silver, and in· creased her gold, which they used for Bal. I will consequently come home,

and take away my corn at its harvest, and my wine at its maturity, and shear my wool, and my flax, that would have covered her nakedness. And then expose her shame to the eyes of her paramours, and none will rescue her from my hands. ' I will also deprive her of all her

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The History of the People of Israel