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.
1Buno bwe bubaka bwa Mukama bwe yawa Koseya mutabani wa Beeri mu mulembe gwa Uzziya, n’ogwa Yosamu, n’ogwa Akazi n’ogwa Keezeekiya, nga be bakabaka ba Yuda, ne mu mulembe gwa Yerobowaamu mutabani wa Yowaasi, nga ye kabaka wa Isirayiri.
Koseya Afuna Amaka
2Awo Mukama bwe yasooka okwogera eri Koseya, yamulagira nti, “Ggenda owase omukazi malaaya, omuzaalemu abaana, era banaayitibwanga abaana aboobwamalaaya, kubanga ensi eyitirizza okukola ekibi eky’obwenzi, n’eva ku Mukama.” 3Awo n’awasa Gomeri muwala wa Dibulayimu, n’aba olubuto, n’amuzaalira omwana wabulenzi.
4Mukama n’agamba Koseya nti, “Mmutuume erinnya Yezuleeri, kubanga nnaatera okubonereza ennyumba ya Yeeku, olw’okuyiwa omusaayi gw’abantu ab’e Yezuleeri, era ndimalawo obwakabaka bwa Isirayiri. 5Ku lunaku olwo omutego gwa Isirayiri ndigumenyera mu Kiwonvu kya Yezuleeri.”
6Gomeri n’aba olubuto olulala, n’azaala omwana wabuwala. Mukama n’agamba Koseya nti, “Mmutuume erinnya Lolukama, kubanga ennyumba ya Isirayiri ndiba sikyagyagala, si kulwa nga mbasonyiwa. 7Naye ab’ennyumba ya Yuda ndibaagala, era ndibalokola, si na kasaale, newaakubadde ekitala, newaakubadde entalo, newaakubadde embalaasi newaakubadde abeebagala embalaasi, wabula nze kennyini Mukama Katonda waabwe nze ndibaagala era ne mbalokola.”
8Awo Gomeri bwe yamala okuggya Lolukama ku mabeere, n’aba olubuto olulala n’azaala omwana wabulenzi. 9Mukama n’ayogera nti, “Mmutuume erinnya Lowami, kubanga temukyali bantu bange, nange sikyali Katonda wammwe.
10“Naye ekiseera kirituuka abantu ba Isirayiri ne baba bangi ng’omusenyu ogw’oku nnyanja, ogutayinzika kupimibwa newaakubadde okubalibwa olw’obungi bwagwo. Mu kifo ky’okuyitibwa abatali bantu bange, baliyitibwa, baana ba Katonda omulamu. 11Abantu ba Yuda baliddamu okwegatta n’abantu ba Isirayiri ne beerondamu omukulembeze, ne bava mu buwaŋŋanguse, era olunaku lwa Yezuleeri luliba lukulu.”