Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi; and to your sisters, Ruhamah.
Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband:
let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from
between her breasts;
Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her
as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst.
And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they be the children of
For their mother hath played the harlot: she that conceived them hath done
shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my
water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink.
Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she
shall not find her paths.
And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she
shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to
my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.
For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her
silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.
Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in
the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her
And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall
deliver her out of mine hand.
I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her
sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.
And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my
rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of
the field shall eat them.
And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them,
and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers,
and forgat me, saith the LORD.
Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak
comfortably unto her.
And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door
of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when
she came up out of the land of Egypt.
And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and
shalt call me no more Baali.
For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more
be remembered by their name.
And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and
with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break
the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down
And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in
righteousness, and in judgement, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the
And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the
heavens, and they shall hear the earth;
And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear
And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had
not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my
people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.