1 Say to your brothers, Ammi, And to your sisters, Ruhamah.
2 Contend with your mother; contend. For she is not my wife, And I am not her husband. And let her turn away her harlotries from her face, And her adulteries from between her breasts,
3 Lest I strip her naked And set her out as in the day she was born And make her a wilderness And make her a dry land And slay her with thirst.
4 And on her children I will not have compassion, For they are the children of harlotries.
5 For their mother has gone about as a harlot; She who conceived them has acted shamefully; For she has said, I will go after my lovers, Who give me my bread and my water, My wool and my flax, My oil and my drink.
6 Therefore I will now hedge up Her way with thorns; And I will build up a wall against her, So that she will not find her paths.
7 And she will pursue her lovers But will not overtake them; And she will seek them but not find them; And she will say, I will go And return to my first husband, For it was better for me then than now.
8 For she did not know That it was I who gave her The grain and the new wine and the fresh oil, And who multiplied to her silver And gold, which they used for Baal.
9 Therefore I will take back My grain in its time And My new wine in its appointed season, And I will snatch away My wool and My flax, Which were to cover her nakedness.
10 And now I will uncover her lewdness In the sight of her lovers, And no one will deliver her from My hand.
11 And I will bring all her mirth to an end, Her feasts, her new moons, and her Sabbaths, And all her appointed assemblies.
12 And I will desolate her vine and her fig tree, Of which she said, These are my payments That my lovers have given me; And I will make them a forest, And the beasts of the field will devour them.
13 And I will visit the days of the Baals upon her, In which she offered incense to them And adorned herself with her nose rings and her jewels And went after her lovers And forgot Me, Declares Jehovah.
14 Therefore I am now luring her, And I will bring her into the wilderness And will speak to her heart.
15 And I will give her her vineyards from there And the valley of Achor as a door of hope; And she will respond there as in the days of her youth And as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
16 And in that day, declares Jehovah, You will call Me My Husband And will no longer call Me Baali.
17 For I will take away the names of the Baals from her mouth, And they will no longer be remembered by their name.
18 And I will make a covenant for them In that day With the beasts of the field And with the birds of heaven And the creeping things of the earth; And bow and sword and battle I will break from the land, And I will cause them to lie down in safety.
19 And I will betroth you to Myself forever; Indeed I will betroth you to Myself In righteousness and justice And in lovingkindness and compassions;
20 Indeed I will betroth you to Myself in faithfulness, And you will know Jehovah.
21 And in that day I will answer, declares Jehovah; I will answer the heavens, And they will answer the earth,
22 And the earth will answer the grain And the new wine and the fresh oil, And they will answer Jezreel.
23 And I will sow her for Myself in the land; And I will have compassion on Lo-ruhamah, And I will say to Lo-ammi, You are My people; And they will say, My God.