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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

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Marriage with an Unfaithful Wife. 1The word of the LORD that came to Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam, son of Joash, king of Israel.2In the beginning of the LORD's speaking to Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea:

Go, take a harlot wife* and harlot's children, for the land gives itself to harlotry, turning away from the LORD.

3So he went and took Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim; and she conceived and bore him a son. 4Then the LORD said to him:

Give him the name Jezreel,* for in a little while I will punish the house of Jehu for the bloodshed at Jezreel And bring to an end the kingdom of the house of Israel; 5On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.

6When she conceived again and bore a daughter, the LORD said to him:

Give her the name Lo‐ruhama;* I no longer feel pity for the house of Israel: rather, I abhor them utterly. 7Yet for the house of Judah I feel pity; I will save them by the LORD, their God; But I will not save them by war, by sword or bow, by horses or horsemen.*

8After she weaned Lo‐ruhama, she conceived and bore a son. 9Then the LORD said:

Give him the name Lo‐ammi,* for you are not my people, and I will not be your God.

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