2 1Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi; and to your sisters, Ruhamah.
2Contend with your mother, contend; for she is not my wife, neither am I
her husband; and let her put away her whoredoms from her face, and her
adulteries from between her breasts;
3lest 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.
4Yea, upon her children will I
have no mercy; for they are children of whoredom;
5for 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.
6Therefore, behold, I will hedge up
thy way with thorns, and I will build a wall against her, that she shall not
find her paths.
7And 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.
8For she did not know that I gave her the grain, and
the new wine, and the oil, and multiplied unto her silver and gold, which
they used for Baal.
9Therefore will I take back my grain in the time
thereof, and my new wine in the season thereof, and will pluck away my wool
and my flax which should have covered her nakedness.
10And now will I
uncover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her
out of my hand.
11I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feasts,
her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn assemblies.
will lay waste her vines and her fig-trees, whereof she hath said, These are
my hire that my lovers have given me; and I will make them a forest, and the
beasts of the field shall eat them.
13And I will visit upon her the days
of the Baalim, unto which she burned incense, when she decked herself with
her earrings and her jewels, and went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith
14Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the
wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.
15And I will give her her
vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope; and she
shall make answer there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when
she came up out of the land of Egypt.
16And it shall be at that day,
saith Jehovah, that thou shalt call me Ishi, and shalt call me no more Baali.
17For I will take away the names of the Baalim out of her mouth, and they
shall no more be mentioned by their name.
18And in that day will I make a
covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the birds of the
heavens, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow
and the sword and the battle out of the land, and will make them to lie down
19And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth
thee unto me in righteousness, and in justice, and in lovingkindness, and in
20I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness; and thou
shalt know Jehovah.
21And it shall come to pass in that day, I will
answer, saith Jehovah, I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the
22and the earth shall answer the grain, and the new wine, and the
oil; and they shall answer Jezreel.
23And 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 that were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say,
Thou art my God.