Fred Miller's Revised King James' Version

HOSEA


CHAPTERS:  [1]  [2]  [3]  [4]  [5]  [6]  [7]  [8]  [9]  [10]  [11]  [12]  [13]  [14]

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Hosea 1

1The word of the LORD that came to Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. 2The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms for the land has committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD. 3So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, who conceived and bore him a son. 4And the LORD said to him, Call his name Jezreel, for yet a little while and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel on the house of Jehu and will cause the kingdom to cease from the house of Israel. 5And in that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel. 6And she conceived again and bore a daughter. And God said to him, Call her name Loruhamah for I will not have mercy any more on the house of Israel, but I will utterly take them away. 7But I will have mercy on the house of Judah and will save them by the LORD their God and will not save them by bow nor by sword nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.

8Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived and bore a son. 9Then God said, Call his name Loammi for you are not my people and I will not be your God. 10Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered and in the place where it was said to them, you are not my people, there it shall be said to them, you are the sons of the living God. 11Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together and appoint themselves one head and they shall come up out of the land, for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

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Chapter 2

1Say to your brothers, Ammi and to your sisters, Ruhamah. 2Plead with your mother, plead, for she is not my wife nor am I her husband. Let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight and her adulteries from between her breasts, 3Lest 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 kill her with thirst. 4And I will not have mercy on her children, for they are the children of whoredoms. 5For their mother has played the harlot. She who conceived them has done shamefully, for she said, I will go after my lovers, who give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.

6Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns and make a wall, so that she shall not find her paths. 7And 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 it was better with me than now. 8For she did not know that I gave her corn and wine and oil and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal. 9Therefore I will return and take away my corn in its time and my wine in its season and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness. 10And now I will uncover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers and no one shall deliver her out of my hand. 11I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons and her sabbaths and all her solemn feasts. 12And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, of which she has said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me and I will make them a forest and the animals of the field shall eat them. 13And I will visit on her the days of the Baals, when she burned incense to them and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels and she went after her lovers and forgot me, says the LORD.

14Therefore, behold, I will allure her and bring her into the wilderness and speak comfortably to her. 15And I will give her her vineyards from there 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. 16And it shall be at that day, says the LORD, that you shall call me Ishi (my man) and shall not call me Baali anymore. 17For I will take away the names of the Baals out of her mouth and they shall not be remembered by their name anymore. 18And in that day I will make a covenant for them with the animals 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 safely. 19And I will betroth you to me for ever, yes, I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in judgment and in loving kindness and in mercies. 20I will even betroth you to me in faithfulness and you shall know the LORD. 21And I will hear, says the LORD, I will hear the heavens and they shall hear the earth, 22And the earth shall hear the corn and the wine and the oil and they shall hear Jezreel. 23And I will sow her to me in the earth and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy and I will say to those who were not my people, You are my people and they shall say, You are my God.

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Chapter 3

1Then the LORD said to me, Go again, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, just as the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love flagons of wine. 2So I bought her for fifteen pieces of silver and for an homer of barley and a half homer of barley. 3And I said to her, You shall abide with me many days, you shall not play the harlot and you shall not be for another man, so I will also be for you. 4For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king and without a prince and without a sacrifice and without an image and without an ephod and without teraphim. 5Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God and David their king and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.

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Chapter 4

1Hear the word of the LORD, you children of Israel, for the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth nor mercy nor knowledge of God in the land. 2They break out with swearing and lying and killing and stealing and committing adultery and blood touches blood. 3Therefore the land shall mourn and every one who dwells in it shall languish, with the animals of the field and with the fowls of heaven, yes, the fish of the sea also shall be taken away. 4Yet let no man strive nor reprove another, for your people are as those who strive with the priest. 5Therefore you shall fall in that day and the prophet shall also fall with you in the night and I will destroy your mother.

6My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, so that you shall be no priest to me. Seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children. 7As they were increased, so they sinned against me. Therefore I will change their glory into shame. 8They eat up the sin of my people and they set their heart on their iniquity. 9And it shall be, like people, like priest and I will punish them for their ways and reward them with their practices. 10For they shall eat and not have enough. They shall commit whoredom and shall not increase, because they have stopped taking heed to the LORD. 11Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.

12My people ask counsel at their stocks and their staff speaks for them, for the spirit of whoredoms has caused them to err and they have gone a whoring from under their God. 13They sacrifice on the tops of the mountains and burn incense on the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because its shadow is good. Therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom and your spouses shall commit adultery. 14I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom nor your spouses when they commit adultery, for they themselves are separated with whores and they sacrifice with harlots. Therefore the people who do not understand shall fall. 15 Israel, though you, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend and do not come to Gilgal nor go up to Bethaven nor swear, The LORD lives. 16For Israel slides back as a backsliding heifer. Now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place. 17Ephraim is joined to idols. Let him alone. 18Their drink is sour. They have committed whoredom continually. her rulers give love with shame. 19The wind has bound her up in her wings and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.

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Chapter 5

1Hear this, O priests and listen, house of Israel and give ear, O house of the king, for judgment is toward you, because you have been a snare on Mizpah and a net spread on Tabor. 2And the rebels are beyond understanding in killing, though I have rebuked them all. 3I know Ephraim and Israel is not hidden from me, for now, O Ephraim, you commit whoredom and Israel is defiled. 4They will not arrange their practices to turn to their God, for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them and they have not known the LORD. 5And the pride of Israel testifies to his face. Therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity, Judah also shall fall with them. 6They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD, but they shall not find him. He has withdrawn himself from them. 7They have dealt treacherously against the LORD, for they have begotten strange children. Now the new moon shall devour them with their fields.

8Blow the cornet in Gibeah and the trumpet in Ramah. Cry aloud at Bethaven, after you Benjamin. 9Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke. I have made known that which shall surely be among the tribes of Israel. 10The princes of Judah were like those who remove the boundary. Therefore I will pour out my wrath on them like water. 11Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after the commandment. 12Therefore I will be to Ephraim as a moth and to the house of Judah as rottenness. 13When Ephraim saw his sickness and Judah saw his wound, then Ephraim went to the Assyrian and sent to king Jareb, yet he could not heal you nor cure you of your wound. 14For I will be to Ephraim as a lion and as a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear and go away, I will take away and no one shall rescue him. 15I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence and seek my face In their affliction they will seek me early.

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Chapter 6

1Come and let us return to the LORD, for he has torn and he will heal us, he has struck and he will bind us up. 2After two days he will revive us, in the third day he will raise us up and we shall live in his sight. 3Then we shall know, if we follow on to know the LORD, his going forth is prepared as the morning and he shall come to us as the rain, as the latter and former rain to the earth.

4O Ephraim, what shall I do to you? O Judah, what shall I do to you? for your goodness is as a morning cloud and as the early dew it goes away. 5Therefore I have hewed them by the prophets, I have killed them by the words of my mouth and your judgments are as the light that goes forth. 6For I desired mercy and not sacrifice and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. 7But like men they have transgressed the covenant. They have dealt treacherously against me. 8Gilead is a city of those who work iniquity and is polluted with blood. 9And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent, for they commit lewdness. 10I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel. There is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled. 11Also, Judah, he has set a harvest for you, when I return the captivity of my people.

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Chapter 7

1When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered and the wickedness of Samaria, for they commit falsehood and the thief comes in and the troop of robbers spoils out side. 2And they do not consider in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness. Now their own practices have beset them, they are before my face. 3They make the king glad with their wickedness and the princes with their lies. 4They are all adulterers, like an oven heated by the baker, who ceases from raising after he has kneaded the dough, until it is leavened. 5In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of wine, he stretched out his hand with scorners. 6For they have made ready their heart like an oven, while they lie in wait, their baker sleeps all the night, in the morning it burns as a flaming fire. 7They are all hot as an oven and have devoured their judges, all their kings have fallen. There is no one among them who calls to me.

8Ephraim has mixed himself among the people, Ephraim is a cake not turned. 9Strangers have devoured his strength and he does not know it, yes, gray hairs are here and there on him, yet he does not know. 10And the pride of Israel testifies to his face and they do not return to the LORD their God nor seek him for all this. 11Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart, they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria. 12When they shall go, I will spread my net on them, I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven, I will chastise them, as their congregation has heard. 13Woe to them! for they have fled from me, destruction to them, because they have transgressed against me, though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me. 14And they have not cried to me with their heart, when they howled on their beds. They assemble themselves for corn and wine and they rebel against me. 15Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet they imagine mischief against me. 16They return, but not to the most High. They are like a deceitful bow. Their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue. This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.

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Chapter 8

1Put the trumpet to your mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant and trespassed against my law. 2Israel shall cry to me, My God, we know you. 3Israel has cast off the thing that is good, the enemy shall pursue him. 4They have set up kings, but not by me, they have made princes and I did not know it, they have made idols of their silver and their gold so that they may be cut off. 5Your calf, O Samaria, has cast you off, my anger is kindled against them. How long will it be before they attain to innocency? 6For it was also from Israel, the workman made it, therefore it is not God, but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces. 7For they have sown the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind, it has no stalk, the bud shall not yield any meal. If it does yield, strangers shall swallow it up.

8Israel is swallowed up, now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel in which is no pleasure. 9For they have gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself. Ephraim has hired lovers. 10Yes, though they have hired among the nations, now I will gather them and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the king of princes. 11Because Ephraim has made many altars to sin, altars shall be to him to sin. 12I have written the great things of my law to him, but they were counted as a strange thing. 13They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of my offerings and eat it, but the LORD does not accept them, he will now remember their iniquity and visit their sins. They shall return to Egypt. 14For Israel has forgotten his Maker and builds temples and Judah has multiplied fenced cities, but I will send a fire on his cities and it shall devour their palaces.

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Chapter 9

1Do not rejoice for joy, O Israel, as other people du, for you have gone whoring from your God, you have loved a reward on every corn floor. 2The floor and the winepress shall not feed them and the new wine shall fail her. 3They shall not dwell in the LORD'S land, but Ephraim shall return to Egypt and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria. 4They shall not offer wine to the LORD nor shall they be pleasing to him. Their sacrifices shall be to them as the bread of mourners, all who eat of it shall be polluted, for their bread for their soul shall not come into the house of the LORD. 5What will you do in the solemn day and in the day of the feast of the LORD? 6For, lo, they are gone because of destruction. Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them, the pleasant places for their silver, nettles shall possess them, thorns shall be in their tabernacles.

7The days of visitation have come, the days of recompense have come, Israel shall know it. The prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of your iniquity and the great hatred. 8The watchman of Ephraim was with my God, but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways and hatred in the house of his God. 9They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah. Therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins. 10I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness, I saw your fathers as the first ripe in the fig tree at her first time, but they went to Baalpeor and separated themselves to that shame and their abominations agreed with what they loved.

11As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth and from the womb and from the conception. 12Though they bring up their children, yet I will bereave them, so that there shall not be a man left, yes, woe also to them when I depart from them! 13Just as I saw Tyre, Ephraim is planted in a pleasant place, but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer. 14Give them, O LORD, what will you give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts. 15All their wickedness is in Gilgal, for there I hated them. I will drive them out of my house because the wickedness of their practices, I will not love them any more, all their princes are revolters. 16Ephraim has been struck, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit, yes, though they bring forth, yet I will kill the beloved fruit of their womb. 17My God will cast them away, because they did not listen to him and they shall be wanderers among the nations.

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Chapter 10

1Israel is an empty vine, he brings forth fruit to himself, according to the multitude of his fruit he has increased the altars, according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images. 2Their heart is divided, now they shall be found faulty, he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images. 3For now they shall say, We have no king, because we did not fear the LORD, what then should a king do to us? 4They have spoken words in making a covenant, swearing falsely, thus judgment springs up as hemlock in the furrows of the field. 5The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the calves of Bethaven, for its people shall mourn over it and its priests who rejoiced on it, for its glory, because it has departed from it. 6It shall also be carried to Assyria for a present to king Jareb. Ephraim shall receive shame and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel. 7As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam on the water. 8The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed. The thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us and to the hills, Fall on us.

9O Israel, you have sinned from the days of Gibeah, there they stood, the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them. 10It is in my desire that I should chastise them and the people shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows. 11And Ephraim is as a heifer that is taught and loves to tread out the corn, but I passed over on her fair neck. I will make Ephraim to ride, Judah shall plow and Jacob shall break his clods. 12Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy, break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD, till he comes and rains righteousness on you. 13You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped iniquity, you have eaten the fruit of lies, because you trusted in your way, in the multitude of your mighty men. 14Therefore shall a tumult arise among your people and all your fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Betharbel in the day of battle, the mother was dashed in pieces on her children. 15So shall Bethel do to you because of your great wickedness, in a morning the king of Israel shall utterly be cut off.

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Chapter 11

1When Israel was a child, then I loved him and called my son out of Egypt. 2As they called them, so they went from them. They sacrificed to Baal and burned incense to graven images. 3I also taught Ephraim to go, taking them by their arms, but they did not know that I healed them. 4I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love and I was to them as those who take off the yoke on their jaws and I laid food to them. 5He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return. 6And the sword shall abide on his cities and shall consume his branches and devour them, because of their own counsels. 7And my people are bent to backsliding from me, though they called to the most High, none at all would exalt him.

8How I shall give you up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver you, Israel? how shall I make you as Admah? how shall I set you as Zeboim? my heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together. 9I will not execute the fierceness of my anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim, for I am God and not man, the Holy One in the midst of you and I will not enter into the city. 10They shall walk after the LORD, he shall roar like a lion, when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west. 11They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt and as a dove out of the land of Assyria and I will place them in their houses, says the LORD. 12Ephraim surrounds me with lies and the house of Israel with deceit, but Judah yet rules with God and is faithful with the saints.

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Chapter 12

1Ephraim feeds on wind and follows after the east wind. He daily increases lies and desolation and they make a covenant with the Assyrians and oil is carried into Egypt. 2The LORD has also a controversy with Judah and will punish Jacob according to his ways, he will recompense him according to his practices. 3He took his brother by the heel in the womb and by his strength he had power with God. 4Yes, he had power over the angel and prevailed, he wept and made supplication to him, he found him in Bethel and there he spoke with us, 5Even the LORD God of hosts, the LORD is his memorial. 6Therefore turn to your God, keep mercy and judgment and wait on your God continually.

7He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand, he loves to oppress. 8And Ephraim said, Yet I have become rich, I have found out substance, in all my labors they shall find no iniquity in me that is sin. 9And I, who is the LORD your God from the land of Egypt will yet make you to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast. 10I have also spoken by the prophets and I have multiplied visions and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets. 11Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity. They sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal, yes, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields. 12And Jacob fled into the country of Syria and Israel served for a wife and for a wife he kept sheep. 13And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt and by a prophet he was preserved. 14Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly. Therefore he shall leave his blood on him and his Lord shall return his reproach to him.

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Chapter 13

1When Ephraim spoke trembling, he exalted himself in Israel, but when he offended in Baal, he died. 2And now they sin more and more and have made them molten images of their silver and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen. They say of them, Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves. 3Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud and as the early dew that passes away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor and as the smoke out of the chimney. 4Yet I am the LORD your God from the land of Egypt and you shall know no god but me, for there is no savior beside me.

5I knew you in the wilderness, in the land of great drought. 6According to their pasture, so were they filled, they were filled and their heart was exalted, therefore they have forgotten me. 7Therefore I will be to them as a lion, as a leopard by the way I will observe them. 8I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps and will rend the caul of their heart and there I will devour them like a lion, the wild animal shall tear them.

9O Israel, you have destroyed yourself, but in me is your help. 10I will be your king, where is any other who may save you in all your cities? and your judges of whom you said, Give me a king and princes? 11I gave you a king in my anger and took him away in my wrath. 12The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up, his sin is hidden. 13The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come on him. He is an unwise son, for he should not stay long in the place of the breaking forth of children. 14I will ransom them from the power of the grave, I will redeem them from death. O death, I will be your plagues, O grave, I will be your destruction. Repentance shall be hidden from my eyes. 15Though he is fruitful among his brothers, an east wind shall come, the wind of the LORD shall come up from the wilderness and his spring shall become dry and his fountain shall be dried up, he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels. 16Samaria shall become desolate, for she has rebelled against her God. They shall fall by the sword, their infants shall be dashed in pieces and their women with child shall be ripped up.

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Chapter 14

1O Israel, return to the LORD your God, for you have fallen by your iniquity. 2Take words with you and turn to the LORD. Say to him, Take away all iniquity and receive us graciously, so will we render the fruit of our lips. 3Asshur shall not save us, we will not ride on horses nor will we say any more to the work of our hands, you are our gods, for in you the fatherless finds mercy.

4I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for my anger is turned away from him. 5I will be as the dew to Israel, he shall grow as the lily and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. 6His branches shall spread and his beauty shall be as the olive tree and his smell as Lebanon. 7Those who dwell under his shadow shall return, they shall revive as the corn and grow as the vine, its scent shall be as the wine of Lebanon.

8Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him and observed him. I am like a green fir tree. Your fruit is found from me 9Who is wise and he shall understand these things? prudent and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right and the just shall walk in them, but the transgressors shall fall in them.

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