Hosea 1
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1  The 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.

א  דְּבַר־יְהֹוָה אֲשֶׁר הָיָה אֶל־הוֹשֵׁעַ בֶּן־בְּאֵרִי בִּימֵי עֻזִּיָּה יוֹתָם אָחָז יְחִזְקִיָּה מַלְכֵי יְהוּדָה וּבִימֵי יָרָבְעָם בֶּן־יוֹאָשׁ מֶלֶךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

2  When 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.”

ב  תְּחִלַּת דִּבֶּר־יְהֹוָה בְּהוֹשֵׁעַ וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה אֶל־הוֹשֵׁעַ לֵךְ קַח־לְךָ אֵשֶׁת זְנוּנִים וְיַלְדֵי זְנוּנִים כִּי־זָנֹה תִזְנֶה הָאָרֶץ מֵאַחֲרֵי יְהֹוָה׃

3  So he went and married Gomer daughter of Diblaim. She conceived and bore him a son,

ג  וַיֵּלֶךְ וַיִּקַּח אֶת־גֹּמֶר בַּת־דִּבְלָיִם וַתַּהַר וַתֵּלֶד־לוֹ בֵּן׃

4  and 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

ד  וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה אֵלָיו קְרָא שְׁמוֹ יִזְרְעֶאל כִּי־עוֹד מְעַט וּפָקַדְתִּי אֶת־דְּמֵי יִזְרְעֶאל עַל־בֵּית יֵהוּא וְהִשְׁבַּתִּי מַמְלְכוּת בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

 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.

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5  In that day, I will break the bow of Yisrael in the Valley of Yizrael.”

ה  וְהָיָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא וְשָׁבַרְתִּי אֶת־קֶשֶׁת יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּעֵמֶק יִזְרְעֶאל׃

6  She 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.

ו  וַתַּהַר עוֹד וַתֵּלֶד בַּת וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ קְרָא שְׁמָהּ לֹא רֻחָמָה כִּי לֹא אוֹסִיף עוֹד אֲרַחֵם אֶת־בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל כִּי־נָשֹׂא אֶשָּׂא לָהֶם׃

7  But 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.)”

ז  וְאֶת־בֵּית יְהוּדָה אֲרַחֵם וְהוֹשַׁעְתִּים בַּיהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵיהֶם וְלֹא אוֹשִׁיעֵם בְּקֶשֶׁת וּבְחֶרֶב וּבְמִלְחָמָה בְּסוּסִים וּבְפָרָשִׁים׃

8  After weaning Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son.

ח  וַתִּגְמֹל אֶת־לֹא רֻחָמָה וַתַּהַר וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן׃

9  Then He said, “Name him Lo-ammi; for you are not My people, and I will not be your [Hashem].”

ט  וַיֹּאמֶר קְרָא שְׁמוֹ לֹא עַמִּי כִּי אַתֶּם לֹא עַמִּי וְאָנֹכִי לֹא־אֶהְיֶה לָכֶם׃

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  • David Ang

    How is the end. Did everything full fill?

  • Carol Squires

    Our father chastises those he loves.

  • Interesting how Hashem has the prophet marry Gomer to symbolize Hashem's relationship with Israel his chosen people.

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