The Book of Hoseah
The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the
days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the
days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.
2 The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the
LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of
whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the
3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which
conceived, and bare him a son.
4 And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for
yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house
of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of
5 And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break
the bow of Israel, in the valley of Jezreel.
6 And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God
said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon
the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.
7 But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will
save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by
sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.
8 Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived, and
bare a son.
9 Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for ye are not my
people, and I will not be your God.
10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as
the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall
come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my
people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living
11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of
Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they
shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of
1 Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi; and to your sisters,
2 Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife,
neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of
her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;
3 Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that
she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land,
and slay her with thirst.
4 And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they be
the children of whoredoms.
5 For their mother hath played the harlot: she that
conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my
lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil
and my drink.
6 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns,
and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.
7 And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not
overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then
shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it
better with me than now.
8 For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and
oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for
9 Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the
time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool
and my flax given to cover her nakedness.
10 And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of
her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand.
11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast
days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.
12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof
she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I
will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat
13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein
she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and
her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the
14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her
into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.
15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the
valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the
days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of
16 And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou
shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.
17 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her
mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.
18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with
the beasts of the field and with the fowls of heaven, 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.
19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will
betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in
lovingkindness, and in mercies.
20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and
thou shalt know the LORD.
21 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear,
saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the
22 And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and
the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel.
23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will
have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them
which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art
1 Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved
of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward
the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of
2 So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and
for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:
3 And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days;
thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so
will I also be for thee.
4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without
a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an
image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim:
5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek
the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his
goodness in the latter days.
1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for
the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because
there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and
committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that
dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with
the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken
4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy
people are as they that strive with the priest.
5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet
also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because
thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be
no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will
also forget thy children.
7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me:
therefore will I change their glory into shame.
8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their
heart on their iniquity.
9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will
punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.
10 For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall
commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to
take heed to the LORD.
11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the
12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff
declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err,
and they have gone a whoring from under their God.
13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn
incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the
shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom,
and your spouses shall commit adultery.
14 I will not punish your daughters when they commit
whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are
separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the
people that doth not understand shall fall.
15 Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah
offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Bethaven, nor
swear, The LORD liveth.
16 For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now
the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place.
17 Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.
18 Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom
continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye.
19 The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall
be ashamed because of their sacrifices.
1 Hear ye this, O priests; and hearken, ye house of
Israel; and give ye ear, O house of the king; for judgment is toward you,
because ye have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon
2 And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though
I have been a rebuker of them all.
3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now,
O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled.
4 They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God:
for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not
known the LORD.
5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face:
therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity: Judah also
shall fall with them.
6 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to
seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from
7 They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they
have begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with their
8 Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah:
cry aloud at Bethaven, after thee, O Benjamin.
9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among
the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be.
10 The princes of Judah were like them that remove the
bound: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.
11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he
willingly walked after the commandment.
12 Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the
house of Judah as rottenness.
13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound,
then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he
not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.
14 For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young
lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take
away, and none shall rescue him.
15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge
their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me
1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn,
and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he
will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD:
his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as
the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
4 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what
shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the
early dew it goeth away.
5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have
slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light
that goeth forth.
6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the
knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there
have they dealt treacherously against me.
8 Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is
polluted with blood.
9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company
of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.
10 I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel:
there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.
11 Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I
returned the captivity of my people.
1 When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of
Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit
falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth
2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember
all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are
before my face.
3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the
princes with their lies.
4 They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker,
who ceaseth from raising after he hath kneaded the dough, until it be
5 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick
with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners.
6 For they have made ready their heart like an oven,
whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the
morning it burneth as a flaming fire.
7 They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their
judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth
8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim
is a cake not turned.
9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it
not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth
10 And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and
they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all
11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they
call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
12 When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I
will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as
their congregation hath heard.
13 Woe unto them! for they have fled from me: destruction
unto them! because they have transgressed against me: though I have
redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me.
14 And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when
they howled upon their beds: they assemble themselves for corn and wine,
and they rebel against me.
15 Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do
they imagine mischief against me.
16 They return, but not to the most High: they are like a
deceitful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their
tongue: this shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
1 Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle
against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant,
and trespassed against my law.
2 Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee.
3 Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy
shall pursue him.
4 They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made
princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made
them idols, that they may be cut off.
5 Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is
kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to
6 For from Israel was it also: the workman made it;
therefore it is not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in
7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the
whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it
yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
8 Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the
Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.
9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by
himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers.
10 Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will
I gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the king
11 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars
shall be unto him to sin.
12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but
they were counted as a strange thing.
13 They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of mine
offerings, and eat it; but the LORD accepteth them not; now will he
remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to
14 For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth
temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire
upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.
1 Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for
thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every
2 The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the
new wine shall fail in her.
3 They shall not dwell in the LORD's land; but Ephraim
shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in
4 They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD, neither
shall they be pleasing unto him: their sacrifices shall be unto them as
the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their
bread for their soul shall not come into the house of the LORD.
5 What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of the
feast of the LORD?
6 For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt
shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for
their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their
7 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence
are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man
is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.
8 The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet
is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his
9 They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of
Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their
10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw
your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they
went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their
abominations were according as they loved.
11 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird,
from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception.
12 Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave
them, that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe also to them when I
depart from them!
13 Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant
place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer.
14 Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a
miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
15 All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated
them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine
house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters.
16 Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall
bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the
beloved fruit of their womb.
17 My God will cast them away, because they did not
hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.
1 Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto
himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the
altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly
2 Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty:
he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.
3 For now they shall say, We have no king, because we
feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us?
4 They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a
covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the
5 The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the
calves of Bethaven: for the people thereof shall mourn over it, and the
priests thereof that rejoiced on it, for the glory thereof, because it is
departed from it.
6 It shall be also carried unto Assyria for a present to
king Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of
his own counsel.
7 As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the
8 The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall
be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and
they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on
9 O Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah:
there they stood: the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity
did not overtake them.
10 It is in my desire that I should chastise them; and the
people shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselves in
their two furrows.
11 And Ephraim is as an heifer that is taught, and loveth
to tread out the corn; but I passed over upon her fair neck: I will make
Ephraim to ride; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods.
12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy;
break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come
and rain righteousness upon you.
13 Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye
have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the
multitude of thy mighty men.
14 Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and
all thy fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Betharbel in the
day of battle: the mother was dashed in pieces upon her children.
15 So shall Bethel do unto you because of your great
wickedness: in a morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut
1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my
son out of Egypt.
2 As they called them, so they went from them: they
sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.
3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms;
but they knew not that I healed them.
4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and
I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid
meat unto them.
5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, and the
Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.
6 And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall
consume his branches, and devour them, because of their own
7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though
they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him.
8 How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver
thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as
Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled
9 I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will
not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in
the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.
10 They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a
lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the
11 They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a
dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will place them in their houses,
saith the LORD.
12 Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of
Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with
1 Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east
wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant
with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.
2 The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will
punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he
3 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his
strength he had power with God:
4 Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he
wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he
spake with us;
5 Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his
6 Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment
and wait on thy God continually.
7 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his
hand: he loveth to oppress.
8 And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me
out substance: in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that
9 And I that am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt
will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn
10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have
multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the
11 Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity:
they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the
furrows of the fields.
12 And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel
served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.
13 And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt,
and by a prophet was he preserved.
14 Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly: therefore
shall he leave his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his LORD return
1 When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in
Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died.
2 And now they sin more and more, and have made them
molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own
understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let
the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.
3 Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud and as the
early dew that passeth away, as the chaff that is driven with the
whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney.
4 Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and
thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.
5 I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great
6 According to their pasture, so were they filled; they
were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten
7 Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by
the way will I observe them:
8 I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her
whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour
them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.
9 O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is
10 I will be thy king: where is any other that may save
thee in all thy cities? and thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a king
11 I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in
12 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is
13 The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him:
he is an unwise son; for he should not stay long in the place of the
breaking forth of children.
14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will
redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be
thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
15 Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind
shall come, the wind of the LORD shall come up from the wilderness, and
his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall
spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels.
16 Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled
against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be
dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped
1 O israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast
fallen by thine iniquity.
2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him,
Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the
calves of our lips.
3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses:
neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods:
for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.
4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely:
for mine anger is turned away from him.
5 I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the
lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as
the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they
shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be
as the wine of Lebanon.
8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with
idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree.
From me is thy fruit found.
9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things?
prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and
the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall