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Hosea 1:1-11

1A message from the Lord came to Hosea, the son of Beeri. The message came while Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah were kings of Judah. It also came while Jeroboam was king of Israel. He was the son of Jehoash. Here is what the Lord said to him.

Hosea’s Wife and Children

2The Lord began to speak through Hosea. He said to him, “Go. Marry a woman who has sex with anyone she wants. Have children with her. Do this because the people of the land are like that kind of wife. They have not been faithful to me.” 3So Hosea married Gomer. She was the daughter of Diblaim. Gomer became pregnant and had a son by Hosea.

4Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Name him Jezreel. That’s because I will soon punish Jehu’s royal family. He killed many people at the city of Jezreel. So I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. 5At that time I will break their military power. It will happen in the Valley of Jezreel.”

6Gomer became pregnant again. She had a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Name her Lo-Ruhamah.” Lo-Ruhamah means Not Loved. “That’s because I will no longer show love to the people of Israel. I will not forgive them anymore. 7But I will show love to the people of Judah. And I will save them. I will not use bows or swords or other weapons of war to do it. I will not save them by using horses and horsemen either. Instead, I will use my own power to save them. I am the Lord their God. And I will save them.”

8Later, Gomer stopped nursing Lo-Ruhamah. After that, she had another son. 9Then the Lord said, “Name him Lo-Ammi.” Lo-Ammi means Not My People. “That’s because Israel is no longer my people. And I am no longer their God.

10“But the time will come when the people of Israel will be like the sand on the seashore. It can’t be measured or counted. Now it is said about them, ‘You are not my people.’ But at that time they will be called ‘children of the living God.’ 11The people of Judah and Israel will come together again. They will appoint one leader and come up out of the land. And Jezreel’s day will be great.

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Hoseasʼ Bog 1:1-9

Israels utroskab samt et løfte om genoprettelse

1-2Hoseas, Be’eris søn, modtog følgende profetiske budskaber fra Herren, mens henholdsvis Uzzija, Jotam, Ahaz og Hizkija var konge i Juda. Herren begyndte at tale til Hoseas, mens Jeroboam II, søn af Joash, var konge i Israel. Han sagde: „Gå hen og gift dig med en prostitueret, som har uægte børn. Det er et billede på Israels folk, som er mig utro, idet de har forladt mig for at tilbede fremmede guder.”

3Så giftede Hoseas sig med Gomer, en datter af Diblajim. Hun blev gravid og fødte ham en søn. 4Da sagde Herren til Hoseas: „Kald din søn Jizre’el, for jeg vil snart straffe Jehus efterkommere for massakren ved byen Jizre’el og gøre ende på Israels rige. 5På Jizre’els slette vil de lide nederlag.”

6Snart fik Gomer endnu et barn, og denne gang var det en datter. Herren sagde til Hoseas: „Kald hende Nådesløs, for jeg vil ikke længere vise nåde over for Israel. Jeg kan ikke blive ved med at se igennem fingre med deres utroskab. 7Derimod vil jeg vise nåde over for Judas folk og redde dem fra deres fjender. Det er ikke på grund af deres militære styrke, jeg giver dem sejr, men fordi jeg er deres Gud.”

8Efter at Gomer havde vænnet Nådesløs fra, blev hun gravid igen og fødte endnu en søn. 9Og Herren sagde: „Kald ham Ikke-Mit-Folk, for Israel er ikke mit folk, og jeg er ikke deres Gud.