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 LORD.
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
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
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 God.
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, Ruhamah.
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
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 LORD.
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 Egypt.
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
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 earth;
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 my God.
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 wine.
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
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
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 heart.
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
7 They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have
begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with
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
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
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
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 unto me.
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 not.
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 this.
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
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
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 innocency?
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 pieces.
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 of princes.
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
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 Assyria.
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
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
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
9 They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of
Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit
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
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 us.
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
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
15 So shall Bethel do unto you because of your great wickedness:
in a morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off.
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 counsels.
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
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 the saints.
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 memorial.
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 were sin.
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 prophets.
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 unto him.
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
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 thine
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 and princes?
11 I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my
12 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid.
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 up.
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