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1The word of the Lord that came to Hoseʹa the son of Be-eʹri, in the days of Uzziʹah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiʹah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboʹam the son of Joʹash, king of Israel.

2When the Lord first spoke through Hoseʹa, the Lord said to Hoseʹa, “Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry, for the land commits great harlotry by forsaking the Lord.” 3So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaʹim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

4And the Lord said to him, “Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel. 5And on that day, I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.”

6She conceived again and bore a daughter. And the Lord said to him, “Call her name Not pitied, for I will no more have pity on the house of Israel, to forgive them at all. 7But I will have pity on the house of Judah, and I will deliver them by the Lord their God; I will not deliver them by bow, nor by sword, nor by war, nor by horses, nor by horsemen.”

8When she had weaned Not pitied, she conceived and bore a son. 9And the Lord said, “Call his name Not my people, for you are not my people and I am not your God.”

10Yet the number of the people of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which can be neither measured nor numbered; and in the place where it was said to them, “You are not my people,” it shall be said to them, “Sons of the living God.” 11And the people of Judah and the people of Israel shall be gathered together, and they shall appoint for themselves one head; and they shall go up from the land, for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

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