Hosea 2:2-23 - "Idolatry, Mercy and Marriage"

[2] “Plead with your mother, plead—
        for she is not my wife,
        and I am not her husband—
    that she put away her whoring from her face,
        and her adultery from between her breasts;
    [3] lest I strip her naked
        and make her as in the day she was born,
    and make her like a wilderness,
        and make her like a parched land,
        and kill her with thirst.
    [4] Upon her children also I will have no mercy,
        because they are children of whoredom.
    [5] For their mother has played the whore;
        she who conceived them has acted 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.’
    [6] Therefore I will hedge up her way with thorns,
        and I will build a wall against her,
        so that she cannot find her paths.
    [7] She shall pursue her lovers
        but not overtake them,
    and she shall seek them
        but shall not find them.
    Then she shall say,
        ‘I will go and return to my first husband,
        for it was better for me then than now.’
    [8] And she did not know
        that it was I who gave her
        the grain, the wine, and the oil,
    and who lavished on her silver and gold,
        which they used for Baal.
    [9] Therefore I will take back
        my grain in its time,
        and my wine in its season,
    and I will take away my wool and my flax,
        which were to cover her nakedness.
    [10] Now I will uncover her lewdness
        in the sight of her lovers,
        and no one shall rescue her out of my hand.
    [11] And I will put an end to all her mirth,
        her feasts, her new moons, her Sabbaths,
        and all her appointed feasts.
    [12] And I will lay waste her vines and her fig trees,
        of which she said,
    ‘These are my wages,
        which my lovers have given me.’
    I will make them a forest,
        and the beasts of the field shall devour them.
    [13] And I will punish her for the feast days of the Baals
        when she burned offerings to them
    and adorned herself with her ring and jewelry,
        and went after her lovers
        and forgot me, declares the LORD.
    
        [14] “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
        and bring her into the wilderness,
        and speak tenderly to her.
    [15] And there I will give her her vineyards
        and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.
    And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth,
        as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.
    
        [16] “And in that day, declares the LORD, you will call me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal.’ [17] For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, and they shall be remembered by name no more. [18] And I will make for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground. And I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land, and I will make you lie down in safety. [19] And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. [20] I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the LORD.

    [21] “And in that day I will answer, declares the LORD,
        I will answer the heavens,
        and they shall answer the earth,
    [22] and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil,
        and they shall answer Jezreel,
    [23]     and I will sow her for myself in the land.
    And I will have mercy on No Mercy,
        and I will say to Not My People, ‘You are my people’;
        and he shall say, ‘You are my God.’”

(Hosea 1-2 ESV)


    [1] So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. [2] Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—[3] if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

    [4] As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, [5] you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. [6] For it stands in Scripture:

    “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
        a cornerstone chosen and precious,
    and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
    
        [7] So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

    “The stone that the builders rejected
        has become the cornerstone,”
    
        [8] and

    “A stone of stumbling,
        and a rock of offense.”
    
        They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

    [9] But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. [10] Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

    [11] Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. [12] Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

(1 Peter 2:1-12 ESV)