Hosea 1:6-2:1

Hosea's wife and their children

6 Gomer had a second child. This time it was a daughter. The Lord said to Hosea, ‘Call her Lo-Ruhamah. This is because I will not continue to love Israel's people. I will not forgive their sins any more. 7 But I will love Judah's people. I, the Lord, will save them. I will not do it by war. I will not use weapons. I will not use horses or people who ride horses.’

1:6The name Lo-Ruhamah means ‘No love’.

8 After Lo-Ruhamah stopped drinking Gomer's milk, Gomer became pregnant again. She gave birth to a son. 9 Then the Lord said to Hosea, ‘Call him Lo-Ammi. This is because the people in Israel are not my people. And I am not their God.’

1:9The name Lo-Ammi means ‘Not my people’.

10 At a future time, the number of Israel's people will be like the sand by the sea. You cannot measure the sand or count it. Now God says to them, ‘You are not my people.’ But there will be a future day when he will say to them, ‘You are children of the God who lives for ever!’ 11 The people from Judah and the people from Israel will come together again. They will choose for themselves a single leader. And they will go out of a foreign country. The day of Jezreel will be an important day.

Hosea 2

1 Then you will tell your brothers, ‘You are my people.’ And you will tell your sisters, ‘He has loved you.’