Pristine Grace

Hos 2:1-13, (LITV)
1  Say to your brothers, A people; and to your sisters, Mercy.
2  Strive! Strive with your mother, for she is not My wife, and I am not her husband. Therefore, let her put away her harlotries from her face, and her adulteries from between her breasts,
3  that I not strip her naked and set her out as in the day that she was born, and make her as the wilderness, and place her like a dry land, and kill her with thirst.
4  And I will not have pity for her sons, for they are the sons of harlotries.
5  For their mother has prostituted herself; she who conceived them has acted shamefully. For she said, I will go after my lovers who give my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.
6  Therefore, behold, I will hedge your way with thorns, and I will wall up her wall, that she shall not find her paths.
7  And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them. And she shall look for them, but she shall not find them. Then she shall say, I will go and return to my first husband, for then it was better with me than now.
8  For she did not know that I gave her grain and wine and oil, and I multiplied her silver and the gold they prepared for Baal.
9  So I will return and take My grain in its time, and My wine in its season. And I will take back My wool and My flax she uses to cover her nakedness.
10  And now I will reveal her shamefulness to the eyes of her lovers, and not a man shall deliver her out of My hand.
11  I will also cause all her joy to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.
12  And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, of which she has said, They are my rewards that my lovers have given me. And I will set them for a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.
13  And I will visit on her the days of the Baals in which she burned incense to them. Yea, she adorned herself with her nose rings, and her jewels, and she went after her lovers and forgot Me, says Jehovah.

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