When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said
to Hosea, "Go, take for yourself a wife of whoredom
and have children of whoredom, for the land commits
great whoredom by forsaking the LORD."
So he went and took Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she
conceived and bore him a son.
And the LORD said to him, "Name him Jezreel; for in
a little while I will punish the house of Jehu for the
blood of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom
of the house of Israel.
On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the valley
She conceived again and bore a daughter. Then the LORD
said to him, "Name her Lo-ruhamah, for I will no
longer have pity on the house of Israel or forgive them.
But I will have pity on the house of Judah, and I will
save them by the LORD their God; I will not save them by
bow, or by sword, or by war, or by horses, or by
When she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and bore a
Then the LORD said, "Name him Lo-ammi, for you are
not my people and I am not your God."
Yet the number of the people of Israel shall be like the
sand of the sea, which can be neither measured nor
numbered; and in the place where it was said to them,
"You are not my people," it shall be said to
them, "Children of the living God."
LORD, you were favorable to your land; you restored the
fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned
all their sin. Selah
You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot
Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away
your indignation toward us.
Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your
anger to all generations?
Will you not revive us again, so that your people may
rejoice in you?
Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your
Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will
speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who
turn to him in their hearts.
Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness
and peace will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and
righteousness will look down from the sky.
The LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield
Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path
for his steps.
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord,
continue to live your lives in him,
rooted and built up in him and established in the faith,
just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
See to it that no one takes you captive through
philosophy and empty deceit, according to human
tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the
universe, and not according to Christ.
For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,
and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of
every ruler and authority.
In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual
circumcision, by putting off the body of the flesh in
the circumcision of Christ;
when you were buried with him in baptism, you were also
raised with him through faith in the power of God, who
raised him from the dead.
And when you were dead in trespasses and the
uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive
together with him, when he forgave us all our
erasing the record that stood against us with its legal
demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross.
He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public
example of them, triumphing over them in it.
He was praying in a certain place, and after he had
finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord,
teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples."
He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father,
hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive
everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time
And he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a
friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him,
'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread;
for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to
set before him.'
And he answers from within, 'Do not bother me; the door
has already been locked, and my children are with me in
bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.'
I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him
anything because he is his friend, at least because of
his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he
"So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you;
search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be
opened for you.
For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who
searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door
will be opened.
Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a
fish, will give a snake instead of a fish?
Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion?
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts
to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father
give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"