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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Hosea 1:1-11

1  The word of Jehovah+ that occurred to Ho·se′a+ the son of Be·e′ri in the days+ of Uz·zi′ah,+ Jo′tham,+ A′haz+ [and] Hez·e·ki′ah,+ kings of Judah, and in the days of Jer·o·bo′am+ the son of Jo′ash,+ the king of Israel.  There was a start of the word of Jehovah by Ho·se′a, and Jehovah proceeded to say to Ho·se′a: “Go,+ take to yourself a wife of fornication* and children of fornication, because by fornication the land positively turns from following Jehovah.”+  And he proceeded to go and take Go′mer the daughter of Dib·la′im, so that she became pregnant and in time bore to him a son.+  And Jehovah went on to say to him: “Call his name Jez′re·el,+ for yet a little while and I must hold an accounting for the acts of bloodshed of Jez′re·el* against the house of Je′hu,+ and I must cause the royal rule of the house of Israel to cease.+  And it must occur in that day that I must break the bow+ of Israel in the low plain* of Jez′re·el.”  And she proceeded to become pregnant another time and to give birth to a daughter. And He* went on to say to him: “Call her name Lo-ru·ha′mah,*+ for I shall no more show mercy+ again to the house of Israel, because I shall positively take them away.*+  But to the house of Judah I shall show mercy,+ and I will save them by Jehovah their God;*+ but I shall not save them by a bow or by a sword or by war, by horses or by horsemen.”+  And she gradually weaned Lo-ru·ha′mah, and she proceeded to become pregnant and give birth to a son.  So He said: “Call his name Lo-am′mi,* because YOU men are not my people* and I myself shall prove to be not YOURS.* 10  “And the number of the sons of Israel must become like the grains of the sand of the sea that cannot be measured or numbered.+ And it must occur that in the place in which it used to be said to them, ‘YOU men are not my people,’+ it will be said to them, ‘The sons of the living God.’*+ 11  And the sons of Judah and the sons of Israel will certainly be collected together into a unity*+ and will actually set up for themselves one head and go up out of the land,+ because great will be the day of Jez′re·el.*+


Lit., “fornications; prostitutions.” Heb., zenu·nim′, pl. See Ge 38:24; Eze 23:11, 29.
The royal city where the kings of northern Israel resided, although Samaria was their capital city. See 2Ki (8:29; 9:15, 25, 30-37; 10:1-11).
Or, “the valley.”
“He,” MLXXVg; Sy, “Jehovah.”
Meaning “She Was Not Shown Mercy.” Heb., Loʼ ru·cha′mah.
Or, “that I should positively pardon them.”
“Their God.” Heb., ʼElo·heh·hem′.
Meaning “Not My People.” Heb., Loʼ ʽam·mi′.
Not my people.” Heb., loʼ ʽam·mi′.
MLXX end chap. 1 here; TSyVg continue for two more vss.
“Living God.” Heb., ʼEl-chai′.
“Into a unity.” Heb., yach·daw′.
Meaning “God Will Sow Seed.” Heb., Yiz·reʽeʼl′.