Hosea, to shew God's judgment for spiritual whoredom, taketh Gomer,
Hosea 1:1 This is the worde of of the Lord, that came vnto Oseas the sonne of Beery, in the dayes of Oseas, Ioathan, Ahaz and Iezekiah kinges of Iuda: and in the tyme of Ieroboam the sonne of Ioas kynge of Israel. Hosea 1:2 First when the Lorde spake vnto Oseas, he sayde vnto him: Go thy waye, take an harlot to thy wyfe, and get chyldren by her: for the lande hath committed greate whordome agaynst the Lorde. Hosea 1:3 So he wente, and toke Gomer the doughter of Deblaim: whiche conceyued, and brought forth a sonne.
and hath by her Jezreel,
Hosea 1:4 And the Lorde sayde vnto him: call his name Iesraell, for I wyll shortly auenge the bloude of Iesrael, vpon the house of Iehu, and wyll brynge the kingedome of the house of Israel to an ende. Hosea 1:5 Then wyl I breake the bowe of Israel, in the valley of Iesrael.
Hosea 1:6 She conceyued yet again, and bare a doughter. And he sayde vnto him: Call her name Loruhamah (that is, not obtayninge mercy) for I wyl haue no pyte vpon the house of Israell, but forget them, and put them cleane oute of remembraunce. Hosea 1:7 Neuerthelesse I wyll haue mercy vpon the house of Iuda, and will saue them, euen thorow the Lord their God. But I wyll not delyuer them thorowe anye bowe, swearde, battel, horses, or horsemen.
Hosea 1:8 Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceyued agayne, and bare a sonne. Hosea 1:9 Then sayd he: cal his name Lo amy. For why? ye are not my people, therfore wyll I not be youres.
The restoration of Judah and Israel.
Hosea 1:10 And thoughe the nombre of the chyldren of Israel be as the sand of the sea, which can neyther be measured nor tolde: yet in the place where it is sayde vnto them, ye be not my people, euen there shal it be thus reported of them: they be the chyldren of the lyuynge God. Hosea 1:11 Then shal the chyldren of Iuda & the children of Israel be gathered together again, & chose them selues one heade, and then depart oute of the lande: for great shalbe the daye of Israel.