1The 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 Jehoash1:1 Hebrew Joash, a variant of Jehoash king of Israel:
Hosea’s Wife and Children
2When 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.” 3So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.
4Then 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. 5In that day I will break Israel’s bow in the Valley of Jezreel.”
6Gomer 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. 7Yet 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.”
8After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. 9Then the Lord said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.1:9 Or your I am
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.’ 11The 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.1:11 In Hebrew texts 1:10,11 is numbered 2:1,2.
1Bere a Usia, Yotam, Ahas ne Hesekia yɛ ahemfo wɔ Yuda, na Yoas babarima Yeroboam di hene wɔ Israel no, Awurade de saa nsɛm yi baa Beeri babarima Hosea nkyɛn.
Hosea Yere Ne Ne Mma
2Bere a Awurade dii kan kasa faa Hosea so no, ɔka kyerɛɛ no se, “Kɔware oguamanfo,1.2 Kɔware oguamanfo—Eyi ne bɔne kɛse a Onyankopɔn nam Hosea so bɔɔ Israelfo kwaadu. na wo ne no nwo, efisɛ ɔman no di aguamammɔ ho fɔ na wɔnam so atetew wɔne Onyankopɔn ntam.” 3Enti, ɔwaree Diblaim babea Gomer, na onyinsɛn woo ɔbabarima maa no.
4Na Awurade ka kyerɛɛ no se, “To ne din Yesreel,1.4 Yesreel. Nkyerɛase ne “Onyankopɔn na odua.” efisɛ, merebɛtwe ɔhene Yehufi aso, de atua awu a odii wɔ Yesreel no so ka. Na mede Israel ahenni bɛba awiei. 5Saa da no, mebubu Israel tadua wɔ Yesreel bon no mu.”
6Gomer nyinsɛnee bio, na ɔwoo ɔbabea. Na Awurade ka kyerɛɛ Hosea se, “To ne din Lo-ruhama efisɛ, merenna me dɔ adi nkyerɛ Israelfo bio, na meremfa wɔn ho nkyɛ wɔn koraa. 7Nanso meyi me dɔ akyerɛ Yudafo. Me Awurade wɔn Nyankopɔn, mede me tumi begye wɔn afi wɔn atamfo nsam a meremfa tadua, afoa anaa ɔko anaa apɔnkɔ ne apɔnkɔsotefo.”
8Bere a Gomer twaa Lo-ruhama nufu akyi no, ɔwoo ɔba barima foforo. 9Na Awurade kae se, “To ne din Lo-ami, efisɛ monnyɛ me nkurɔfo na mennyɛ mo Nyankopɔn.
10“Nanso Israelfo bɛyɛ sɛ mpoano nwea a wontumi nkan wɔn. Faako a wɔka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, ‘Monnyɛ me nkurɔfo’ no, wɔbɛka se, ‘Moyɛ Onyankopɔn teasefo no mma.’ 11Na Yudafo ne Israelfo bɛka abɔ mu bio, na wobeyi ɔkwankyerɛfo baako ama wɔn, na wɔn nyinaa bɛsan afi nnommum no mu aba. Saa da no bɛyɛ da kɛse ama Yesreel.”