“Say of your brothers, ‘My people,’ and of your sisters, ‘My loved one.’a
2 “Rebuke your mother,b rebuke her,
for she is not my wife,
and I am not her husband.
Let her remove the adulterousc look from her face
and the unfaithfulness from between her breasts.
3 Otherwise I will stripd her naked
and make her as bare as on the day she was born;e
I will make her like a desert,f
turn her into a parched land,
and slay her with thirst.
4 I will not show my love to her children,g
because they are the children of adultery.h
and has conceived them in disgrace.
She said, ‘I will go after my lovers,i
who give me my food and my water,
my wool and my linen, my olive oil and my drink.’j
I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.k
she will look for them but not find them.l
Then she will say,
for then I was better offo than now.’
8 She has not acknowledgedp that I was the one
who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil,q
who lavished on her the silver and goldr—
which they used for Baal.s
9 “Therefore I will take away my graint when it ripens,
and my new wineu when it is ready.
I will take back my wool and my linen,
intended to cover her naked body.
10 So now I will exposev her lewdness
before the eyes of her lovers;w
no one will take her out of my hands.x
her yearly festivals, her New Moons,
her Sabbath days—all her appointed festivals.a
which she said were her pay from her lovers;d
I will make them a thicket,e
and wild animals will devour them.f
she decked herself with rings and jewelry,i
and went after her lovers,j
but me she forgot,k”
declares the Lord.l
I will lead her into the wildernessm
and speak tenderly to her.
as in the day she came up out of Egypt.q
“you will call me ‘my husband’;r
you will no longer call me ‘my master.d’
17 I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips;s
no longer will their names be invoked.t
with the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky
and the creatures that move along the ground.u
Bow and sword and battle
I will abolishv from the land,
so that all may lie down in safety.w
19 I will betrothx you to me forever;
20 I will betroth you ing faithfulness,
Achor means trouble.