¶ This is the word of the LORD, that came unto Oseas the son of Beeri, in the days of Oseas, Ioathan, Ahaz, and Iezekiah kings of Iudah: and in the time of Ieroboam the son of Ioas king of Israell.
¶ First, when the LORD spake unto Oseas, he said unto him: Go thy way, take an harlot to thy wife, and get children by her: for the land hath committed great whoredom against the LORD. So he went, and took Gomer the daughter of Deblaim: which conceived, and brought forth a son. And the LORD said unto him: Call his name Iesrael, for I will shortly avenge the blood of Iesrael upon the house of Iehu, and will bring the kingdom of the house of Israell to an end. Then will I break the bow of Israell in the valley of Iesrael. She conceived yet again, and bare a daughter. And he said unto him: Call her name Loruhamah (that is, not obtaining mercy) for I will have no pity upon the house of Israell, but forget them, and put them clean out of remembrance. Nevertheless I will have mercy upon the house of Iudah, and will save them even thorow the LORD their God. But I will not deliver them thorow any bow, sword, battle, horses, or horsemen.
¶ Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived again, and bare a son. Then said he: call his name Lo amy. For why? ye are not my people, therefore will not I be yours. And though the number of the children of Israell be as the sand of the sea, which can neither be measured nor told: yet in the place where it is said unto them; Ye be not my people: even there shall it be thus reported of them: they be the children of the living God. Then shall the children of Iudah and the children of Israel be gathered together again, and chose themselves one head, and then depart out of the land: for great shall be the day of Israel.