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.
1Ɛberɛ a Usia, Yotam, Ahas ne Hesekia yɛ ahemfo wɔ Yuda, na Yoas babarima Yeroboam di ɔhene wɔ Israel no, Awurade de saa nsɛm yi baa Beeri babarima Hosea nkyɛn.
Hosea Yere Ne Ne Mma
2Ɛberɛ a Awurade dii ɛkan kasa faa Hosea so no, ɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Kɔware odwamanfoɔ,1.2 Kɔware odwamanfoɔ—Yei ne bɔne kɛseɛ a Onyankopɔn nam Hosea so bɔɔ Israelfoɔ kwaadu. na wo ne no nwo, ɛfiri sɛ ɔman no di adwamammɔ ho fɔ na wɔnam so atete wɔ ne Onyankopɔn ntam.” 3Enti, ɔwaree Diblaim babaa Gomer, na ɔnyinsɛnee, woo ɔbabarima maa no.
4Na Awurade ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “To ne din Yesreel,1.4 Yesreel. Asekyerɛ ne “Onyankopɔn na ɔdua.” ɛfiri sɛ, merebɛtwe ɔhene Yehu fie aso, de atua awudie a ɔdii wɔ Yesreel no so ka. Na mede Israel ahennie bɛba awieeɛ. 5Saa ɛda no, mɛbubu Israel tadua wɔ Yesreel bɔnhwa no mu.”
6Gomer nyinsɛnee bio, na ɔwoo ɔbabaa. Na Awurade ka kyerɛɛ Hosea sɛ, “To ne din Lo-ruhama ɛfiri sɛ, merenna me dɔ adi nkyerɛ Israelfoɔ mma bio, na meremfa wɔn ho nnkyɛ wɔn koraa. 7Nanso, mɛyi me dɔ akyerɛ Yudafoɔ. Me Awurade wɔn Onyankopɔn, mede me tumi bɛgye wɔn afiri wɔn atamfoɔ nsam a meremfa tadua, akofena anaa ɔko anaa apɔnkɔ ne apɔnkɔsotefoɔ.”
8Ɛberɛ a Gomer twaa Lo-ruhama nufoɔ akyi no, ɔwoo ɔba barima foforɔ. 9Na Awurade kaa sɛ, “To ne din Lo-ami, ɛfiri sɛ monnyɛ me nkurɔfoɔ na mennyɛ mo Onyankopɔn.
10“Nanso, Israelfoɔ bɛyɛ sɛ mpoano anwea a wɔntumi nkane wɔn. Beaeɛ a wɔka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, ‘Monnyɛ me nkurɔfoɔ’ no, wɔbɛka sɛ, ‘Moyɛ Onyankopɔn teasefoɔ mma.’ 11Na Yudafoɔ ne Israelfoɔ bɛka abɔ mu bio, na wɔbɛyi ɔkwankyerɛfoɔ baako ama wɔn, na wɔn nyinaa bɛsane afiri nnommum no mu aba. Saa ɛda no bɛyɛ da kɛseɛ ama Yesreel.”