Hosea, to shew God's judgment for spiritual whoredom, taketh Gomer,
Hosea 1:1 This is the worde of the Lorde, that came vnto Oseas the sonne of Beery in the days of Oseas, Ioathan, Ahas and Iezekias kynges of Iuda: and in the tyme of Ieroboam sonne of Ioas kinge of Israel. Hosea 1:2 Fyrst, when the Lorde spake vnto Oseas he sayde vnto hym. Go thy waye, take an harlott to thy wyfe, and get chyldren by her: for the lande hath commytted greate whordome agaynst the Lorde. Hosea 1:3 So he wente, & toke Gomer the daughter of Deblaim: whych conceaued, and brought forth a sonne.
and hath by her Jezreel,
Hosea 1:4 And the Lorde sayde vnto hym: call hys name Iesrael, for I wyll shortly auenge the bloude of Iesrael vpon the house of Iehu, & wyll brynge the kyngdome of the house of Israel to an ende. Hosea 1:5 Then wyll I breake the bowe of Israel, in the valley of Iesrael.
Hosea 1:6 She conceaued yet agayne, and bare a daughter. And he sayde vnto hym. Call her name. Loruhamah (that is, not optayninge mercy) for I wyll haue no pytie vpon the house of Israel, but forget them and put them cleane out of remembraunce. Hosea 1:7 Neuerthelesse, I wyll haue mercy vpon the house of Iuda, and wyll saue them, euen thorowe the Lorde theyr God. But I wyll not delyuer them thorowe eny bowe, swearde, battell, horses or horsmen.
Hosea 1:8 Nowe, when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceaued agayne, and bare a sonne. Hosea 1:9 Then sayde he: call hys name, Loamy. For why? ye are not my people, therfore will not I be your God.
The restoration of Judah and Israel.
Hosea 1:10 And though the nombre of the chyldren of Israel be as the sande of the see, whych can nether be measured ner tolde: yet in the place where it is sayde vnto them ye be not my people: euen there shall it be thus reported of them they be the chyldren of the lyuynge God. Hosea 1:11 Then shall the chyldren of Iuda and the chyldren of Israel be gathered together agayne and chose them selues one head, and then departe out of the lande: for greate shalbe the daye of Israel.