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Hosea to commit adultery, saying "take ... a wife of whoredoms and
children of whoredoms" because the land has "committed great
whoredom." So Hosea did as God commanded and "took" a wife named
Is it wrong to commit adultery?
(1:2) "The LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms:
for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD."
(1:3) "So he went and took Gomer."
(1:4) "I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu."
Did God commend or condemn Jehu for the killings at Jezreel?
The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days
of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of
Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.
The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a
wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed
great whoredom, departing from the LORD.
So he went and took
Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.
And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while,
and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will
cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.
And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of
Israel, in the valley of Jezreel.||
(1:6a) "She conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call
her name Loruhamah."|
God told Hosea to name his baby girl "Loruhamah," which means unloved.
"I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel."
And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call
her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel;
but I will utterly take them away.
But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the
LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle,
by horses, nor by horsemen.
Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son.||
Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for ye are not my people, and I will
not be your God. ||
(1:9) "Ye are not my people, and I will not be your God."|
Martin Luther interpreted this verse to mean that God had rejected the Jews and that Christians should do likewise.
(1:10) "Ye are the sons of the living God."
Are we all God's children?
Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea,
which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in
the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall
be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.
Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered
together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the
land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.||
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