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Jehovah’s Witnesses



Hosea 2:1-23


  • Unfaithful Israel punished (1-13)

  • Restoration to Jehovah as husband (14-23)

    • “You will call me My husband” (16)

2  “Say to your brothers, ‘My people!’*+ And to your sisters, ‘O woman shown mercy!’*+   Accuse your mother; accuse her, For she is not my wife+ and I am not her husband. She should remove her prostitution* from herself And her adultery from between her breasts,   Or I will strip her naked and make her as in the day she was born, Making her like a wilderness, Reducing her to a waterless land, And causing her to die of thirst.   And to her sons I will not show mercy, For they are the sons of prostitution.*   For their mother has committed prostitution.*+ She who was pregnant with them has acted shamefully,+ for she said, ‘I will go after my passionate lovers,+ Those who give me my bread and my water, My wool and my linen, my oil and my drink.’   So I will block your way with a hedge of thorns; And I will raise up a stone wall against her, So that she cannot find her paths.   She will chase after her passionate lovers, but she will not overtake them;+ She will look for them, but she will not find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go back to my first husband,+ For I was better off at that time than I am now.’+   She did not recognize that it was I who had given her the grain,+ the new wine, and the oil, And I who had given her silver in abundance And gold, which they used for Baʹal.+   ‘Therefore, I will return and take away my grain in its time And my new wine in its season,+ And I will snatch away my wool and my linen that were to cover her nakedness. 10  Now I will expose her private parts in full view of her passionate lovers, And no man will rescue her out of my hand.+ 11  I will put an end to all her joy, Her festivals,+ her new moons, her sabbaths, and all her festive seasons. 12  And I will ruin her vines and her fig trees, of which she has said: “These are my wages, which my passionate lovers gave to me”; I will turn them into a forest, And the wild animals of the field will devour them. 13  I will hold an accounting against her for the days when she offered sacrifices to the Baʹal images,+ When she would adorn herself with her rings and ornaments and would chase after her passionate lovers, And I was the one she forgot,’+ declares Jehovah. 14  ‘So I will persuade her, I will lead her into the wilderness, And I will speak to win her heart. 15  I will give her vineyards back to her from that time onward,+ And the Valley* of Aʹchor+ as a gateway to hope; She will answer there as in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came out of the land of Egypt.+ 16  And in that day,’ declares Jehovah, ‘You will call me My husband, and you will no longer call me My master.’* 17  ‘I will remove the names of the Baʹal images from her mouth,+ And they will no longer be remembered by their name.+ 18  In that day I will make a covenant for them with the wild animals of the field,+ And with the birds of the heavens and the creeping things of the ground;+ I will rid the land of the bow and the sword and war,+ And I will make them lie down* in security.+ 19  I will engage myself to you forever; And I will engage myself to you in righteousness and in justice, In loyal love and in mercy.+ 20  I will engage myself to you in faithfulness, And you will certainly know Jehovah.’+ 21  ‘In that day I will answer,’ declares Jehovah, ‘I will answer the heavens, And they will answer the earth;+ 22  And the earth will answer the grain and the new wine and the oil; And they will answer Jezʹre·el.*+ 23  I will sow her like seed for myself in the earth,+ And I will show mercy to her who was not shown mercy;* I will say to those not my people:* “You are my people,”+ And they will say: “You are my God.”’”+


See Ho 1:9 ftn.
See Ho 1:6 ftn.
Or “immorality; promiscuity.”
Or “immorality; promiscuity.”
Or “engaged in immorality (promiscuity).”
Or “Low Plain.”
Or “My Baal.”
Or “let them live.”
Meaning “God Will Sow Seed.”
See Ho 1:6 ftn.
See Ho 1:9 ftn.