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Hosea 1 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

The Unfaithful Wife

The word of Adonai that came to Hosea son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam son of Joash, king of Israel. When Adonai first spoke with Hosea, Adonai said to Hosea:

“Go, get yourself a prostitute as a wife
    and children with a prostitute!
For the land is an unfaithful prostitute,
    far from following after Adonai.”

So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. Then Adonai said to him:

“Name him Jezreel[a] for in yet a little while
I will visit the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu,
and I will destroy the kingdom of the house of Israel.
In that day I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.”

Then she conceived again, and bore a daughter. And He said to him:

“Name her Lo-ruhamah[b]
    for no longer will I have compassion on the house of Israel
    that I should ever pardon them.
But on the house of Judah I will have compassion
    and deliver them by Adonai, their God,
    yet not by bow, sword or battle,
        nor by horses and horsemen.”

After she weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son. Then He said:

“Name him Lo-ammi[c],
    for you are not My people
    and I am not yours.”[d]


  1. Hosea 1:4 Meaning, God will sow or God will scatter.
  2. Hosea 1:6 Meaning, Shown no compassion.
  3. Hosea 1:9 Meaning, Not my people.
  4. Hosea 1:9 Traditional texts number as 11:8-11 to 2:23.
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Hosea 1 New International Version (NIV)

The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoash[a] king of Israel:

Hosea’s Wife and Children

When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. In that day I will break Israel’s bow in the Valley of Jezreel.

Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them. Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God, will save them.”

After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. Then the Lord said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.[b]

10 “Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God.’ 11 The people of Judah and the people of Israel will come together; they will appoint one leader and will come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel.[c]


  1. Hosea 1:1 Hebrew Joash, a variant of Jehoash
  2. Hosea 1:9 Or your I am
  3. Hosea 1:11 In Hebrew texts 1:10,11 is numbered 2:1,2.
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