Hosea - Chapter 1
Translation and Transliteration of
Listen to this chapter in Hebrew:
1The word of Hashem that came to Hoshea son of Be'eri, in the reigns of Kings Uzziyahu, Yotam, Achaz, and Chizkiyahu of Yehuda, and in the reign of King Yerovam son of Yoash of Yisrael.
d'-VAR a-do-NAI a-SHER ha-YAH el ho-SHE-a ben b'-E-ri b'-Y'-may u-ZI-yah yo-TAM a-KHAZ y'-khiz-ki-YAH mal-khay y'-hu-DAH u-b'-Y'-may ya-ro-VAM ben yo-AKH me-lekh yis-ra-AYL
אדְּבַר־יְהֹוָ֣ה ׀ אֲשֶׁ֣ר הָיָ֗ה אֶל־הוֹשֵׁ֙עַ֙ בֶּן־בְּאֵרִ֔י בִּימֵ֨י עֻזִּיָּ֥ה יוֹתָ֛ם אָחָ֥ז יְחִזְקִיָּ֖ה מַלְכֵ֣י יְהוּדָ֑ה וּבִימֵ֛י יָרׇבְעָ֥ם בֶּן־יוֹאָ֖שׁ מֶ֥לֶךְ יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃
2When Hashem first spoke to Hoshea, Hashem said to Hoshea, “Go, get yourself a wife of whoredom and children of whoredom; for the land will stray from following Hashem.”
t'-khi-LAT di-BER a-do-NAI b'-ho-SHE-a, va-YO-mer a-do-NAI el ho-SHE-a: LEKH kaKH l'-KHA e-SHET ze-NU-nim v'-yal-DAY ze-NU-nim, kee-za-NOH tiz-NEH ha-A-retz may-a-kha-RAY a-do-NAI.
בתְּחִלַּ֥ת דִּבֶּר־יְהֹוָ֖ה בְּהוֹשֵׁ֑עַ וַיֹּ֨אמֶר יְהֹוָ֜ה אֶל־הוֹשֵׁ֗עַ לֵ֣ךְ קַח־לְךָ֞ אֵ֤שֶׁת זְנוּנִים֙ וְיַלְדֵ֣י זְנוּנִ֔ים כִּֽי־זָנֹ֤ה תִזְנֶה֙ הָאָ֔רֶץ מֵאַחֲרֵ֖י יְהֹוָֽה׃
3So he went and married Gomer daughter of Diblaim. She conceived and bore him a son,
vai-YAY-lekh vai-yi-KAKH et-go-MER bat-di-v'-LAI-yim va-TA-har va-TE-led-lo VEN
גוַיֵּ֙לֶךְ֙ וַיִּקַּ֔ח אֶת־גֹּ֖מֶר בַּת־דִּבְלָ֑יִם וַתַּ֥הַר וַתֵּלֶד־ל֖וֹ בֵּֽן׃
4and Hashem instructed him, “Name him Yizrael; for, I will soon punish the House of Yehu for the bloody deeds at Yizrael and put an end to the monarchy of the House of Yisrael.
va-YO-mer a-do-NAI ay-LAV k'-RA sh'-MO yiz-r'-EL kee OD m'-AT u-FA-kad-TEE et d'-MAY yiz-r'-EL al BAYT yay-HU v'-HISH-ba-TEE mam-l'-KHUT BAYT yis-ra-AYL
דוַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהֹוָה֙ אֵלָ֔יו קְרָ֥א שְׁמ֖וֹ יִזְרְעֶ֑אל כִּי־ע֣וֹד מְעַ֗ט וּפָ֨קַדְתִּ֜י אֶת־דְּמֵ֤י יִזְרְעֶאל֙ עַל־בֵּ֣ית יֵה֔וּא וְהִ֨שְׁבַּתִּ֔י מַמְלְכ֖וּת בֵּ֥ית יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃
1:4 I will soon punish the House of Yehu for the bloody deeds at Yizrael
Hoshea describes how the nation’s present troubles stem from the manner in which the ruling dynasty of the kingdom of Israel, the house of Yehu, had achieved power. The Yizrael valley runs through the northern hills of Israel, from Megiddo to Beit Shean, and was one of the major highways in antiquity. The ancient city of Yizrael, located on the western edge of the Gilboa mountain range, overlooked the valley and was a very important city for the northern kingdom of Yisrael. It was strategically located, affording great military advantage, and the nearby Yizrael spring provided ample water for the city as well as for travellers. It was there that the coup d’état, in which Yehu overthrew the idolatrous house of Achav, took place. Though originally supported by the prophet Elisha, the takeover became exceedingly violent and bloodthirsty, and Hoshea promises that Yehu will be punished accordingly. Hoshea reminds us that even when beginning with good intentions, power and authority can easily corrupt.
5In that day, I will break the bow of Yisrael in the Valley of Yizrael.”
v'-ha-YA ba-YOM ha-HU, v'-sha-VA-ree et-KE-shet yis-ra-AYL b'-e-MEK yiz-re-EYL
הוְהָיָ֖ה בַּיּ֣וֹם הַה֑וּא וְשָֽׁבַרְתִּי֙ אֶת־קֶ֣שֶׁת יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל בְּעֵ֖מֶק יִזְרְעֶֽאל׃
6She conceived again and bore a daughter; and He said to him, “Name her Lo-ruhamah; for I will no longer accept the House of Yisrael or pardon them.
ווַתַּהַר עוֹד וַתֵּלֶד בַּת וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ קְרָא שְׁמָהּ לֹא רֻחָמָה כִּי לֹא אוֹסִיף עוֹד אֲרַחֵם אֶת־בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל כִּי־נָשֹׂא אֶשָּׂא לָהֶם׃
7But I will accept the House of Yehuda. And I will give them victory through Hashem their God; I will not give them victory with bow and sword and battle, by horses and riders.)”
v'-et BEIT y'-hu-DAH a-ra-KHEM v'-ho-sha-TIM ba-do-NAI e-lo-HE-hem v'-LO o-shi-EIM b'-KE-shet u-v'-khe-REV u-v'-mil-kha-MAH b'-su-SIM u-v'-fa-RA-shim
זוְאֶת־בֵּ֤ית יְהוּדָה֙ אֲרַחֵ֔ם וְהוֹשַׁעְתִּ֖ים בַּיהֹוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֵיהֶ֑ם וְלֹ֣א אוֹשִׁיעֵ֗ם בְּקֶ֤שֶׁת וּבְחֶ֙רֶב֙ וּבְמִלְחָמָ֔ה בְּסוּסִ֖ים וּבְפָרָשִֽׁים׃
8After weaning Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son.
va-tig-MOL et lo ru-KHA-ma, va-ta-HAR va-tay-LED ben
חוַתִּגְמֹ֖ל אֶת־לֹ֣א רֻחָ֑מָה וַתַּ֖הַר וַתֵּ֥לֶד בֵּֽן׃
9Then He said, “Name him Lo-ammi; for you are not My people, and I will not be your [Hashem].”
vai-YO-mer k'-RA sh'-MO lo a-MEE, KEE a-TEM lo a-MEE, v'-a-NO-khee lo e-HE-yeh la-KHEM.
טוַיֹּ֕אמֶר קְרָ֥א שְׁמ֖וֹ לֹ֣א עַמִּ֑י כִּ֤י אַתֶּם֙ לֹ֣א עַמִּ֔י וְאָנֹכִ֖י לֹא־אֶהְיֶ֥ה לָכֶֽם׃