The idolatry of the people.
Hosea 2:1 Tell youre brethren, that they are my people: and youre sisteren, that they haue optayned mercy. Hosea 2:2 As for youre mother, ye shal chyde with her, and reproue her: for she is not my wife, nether am I hir husbode: vnlesse she put awaye hir whordome out of my sight, and hir aduoutry from hir brestes. Hosea 2:3 Yf no, I shal strype her naked, & set her, euen as she came in to ye worlde: Yee I shal laye hir waist, and make her like a wildernesse, and slaye her for thyrste. Hosea 2:4 I shal haue no pite also vpon hir children, for they be the children of fornicacion. Hosea 2:5 Their mother hath broken hir wedlocke, and she that bare them, is come to cofucion. For she sayde: I wil go after my louers, that geue me my water and my bred, my woll & my flax, my oyle and my drynke.
God's judgments against them.
Hosea 2:6 But I will hedge hir waye with thornes, and stoppe it, that she shal not fynde hir fotestoppes: Hosea 2:7 and though she runne after hir louers, yet shall she not get them: she shal seke them, but not fynde them. Then shal she saye: well, I will go turne agayne to my first husbonde, for at yt tyme was I better at ease, then now: Hosea 2:8 But this wolde she not knowe, where as I yet gaue her corne, wyne, oyle, syluer and golde, which she hath hanged vpon Baal. Hosea 2:9 Wherfore now will I go take my corne & wyne agayne in their season, and fet agayne my woll and my flax, which I gaue her, to couer hir shame. Hosea 2:10 And now will I dyscouer hir foolishnesse, euen in the sight of hir louers, and no man shal delyuer her out of my hondes. Hosea 2:11 Morouer, I wil take awaye all hir myrth, hir holy dayes, hir newmoones, hir Sabbathes and all hir solempne feastes: Hosea 2:12 I will destroye hir vynyardes and fyge trees, though she saieth: lo, here are my rewardes, that my louers haue geuen me. I wil make it a wodde, and the wylde beestes shall eate it vp: Hosea 2:13 I will punysh her also for the dayes of Baal, wherin she censed him, deckynge him with hir earynges and cheynes: when she folowed hir louers, and forgat me, saieth the LORDE.
His promises of reconciliation with them.
Hosea 2:14 Wherfore beholde, I wil call her againe, bringe her in to a wildernes, and speake frendly vnto her: Hosea 2:15 there wil I geue her hir vynyardes agayne, yee and the valley of Achor also, to shewe hir hope & comforte. Then shal she synge there as in the tyme of hir youth, & like as in the daye when she came out of the londe of Egipte. Hosea 2:16 Then (saieth the LORDE) she shal saye vnto me: O my housbande, & shal call me nomore Baal: Hosea 2:17 for I wil take awaye those names of Baal from hir mouth, yee she shal neuer remembre their names eny more. Hosea 2:18 Then will I make a couenaunt with them, with the wylde beastes, with the foules of the ayre, & with euerythinge that crepeth vpon the earth. As for bowe, swerde and batel, I will destroye soch out of the londe, & wil make them to slepe safely. Hosea 2:19 Thus wil I mary the vnto myne owne self for euermore: yee euen to my self wil I mary the, in rightuousnesse, in equyte, in louynge kyndnesse and mercy. Hosea 2:20 In faith also will I mary the vnto my self, & thou shalt knowe the LORDE. Hosea 2:21 At the same tyme wil I shewe my self frendly and gracious vnto ye heauens, saieth the LORDE: & the heauens shal helpe the earth, Hosea 2:22 and the earth shal helpe the corne, wyne and oyle, and they shal helpe Iesrael. Hosea 2:23 I wil sowe them vpo earth, for a sede to myne owne self, & wil haue mercy vpon her, yt was without mercy. And to the which were not my people, I wil saye: thou art my people. And he shal saye: thou art my God.