The Lord's love for his people
14 So I will speak words of love to bring her back to me. I will lead her into the desert and I will speak kind words to her. 15 There, I will give back to her the vineyards that she had before. I will change Trouble Valley into a place where there is hope. Then she will answer me like the time that she came out of Egypt. 16 Then, at a future time, she will call me her husband. She will not call me her god, Baal again. 17 I will never let her speak the name of the god, Baal again. Then people will not use Baal's names again. 18 At that time, I will promise to do things for Israel's people. I will cause the animals in the fields and the birds in the sky to be their friends. I will cause the animals that move along the ground to be their friends too. I also will break the things that Israel's people used in war. I will remove the things that men use to fight in wars. None of these things will remain in the land. My people will live in a time when people do not attack them. They will be safe.
2:14The desert was the place where God first became like Israel's husband. See verses 16, 19, 20.
2:15Trouble Valley (the Valley of Achor) was a place where a man from Israel did not obey God (Joshua 7:24).
19 I will make you my wife for ever.
I will be good and fair. I will always love you and I will always show mercy to you.
I will make you mine for ever.
2:19Again, Hosea says what the judge will do. But this time it is a message about love.
20 I will keep my promise so that we belong together.
Then you will respect me, the Lord.
21 At that time, I will speak to the sky,
so that rain will fall on the earth.
22 The ground will give back grain, wine and oil from trees.
They will have an answer for Jezreel.
23 I will plant many seeds on Israel's land.
To Lo-Ruhamah, I will show great love.
To Lo-Ammi, I will say, ‘You are my people.’
And they will say to me,
‘You are my God.’