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A love story like no other

Hosea 14:1-9

Hosea 14:1-9 (NIV) 14 Return, Israel, to the Lord your God.     Your sins have been your downfall! 2 Take words with you     and return to the Lord. Say to him:     “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously,     that we may offer the fruit of our lips. 3 Assyria cannot save us;     we will not mount warhorses. We will never again say ‘Our gods’…

The Father heart of God (Hosea 10:9-11:11)

Hosea 10:9-11:11 (NIV) 9 “Since the days of Gibeah, you have sinned, Israel,     and there you have remained. Will not war again overtake     the evildoers in Gibeah? 10 When I please, I will punish them;     nations will be gathered against them     to put them in bonds for their double sin. 11 Ephraim is a trained heifer     that loves to thresh; so I…

Guilt and Grace (Hosea 5:1-6:6)

Hosea 5:1-6:6 (NIV) 5 “Hear this, you priests!     Pay attention, you Israelites! Listen, royal house!     This judgment is against you: You have been a snare at Mizpah,     a net spread out on Tabor. 2 The rebels are knee-deep in slaughter.     I will discipline all of them. 3 I know all about Ephraim;     Israel is not hidden from me. Ephraim, you have now…

The God who wants us back (Hosea 2:2-3:5)

Hosea 2:2-3:5 (NIV) 2 “Rebuke your mother, rebuke her,     for she is not my wife,     and I am not her husband. Let her remove the adulterous look from her face     and the unfaithfulness from between her breasts. 3 Otherwise I will strip her naked     and make her as bare as on the day she was born; I will make her…

A love story like no other (Hosea 1:1-2:1)

Hosea 1:1-2 New International Version (NIV) 1 The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoash king of Israel: 2 When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this…