One of my favorite prophets is Hosea, whose his name has a beautiful significance : Save!
However, if you read the beginning of the first chapter of his book, you might think that his name does not relate to his life, as it happens to other characters in the Bible.
In Hosea 1:2b-9 we read:
” וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל-הוֹשֵׁעַ, לֵךְ קַח-לְךָ אֵשֶׁת זְנוּנִים וְיַלְדֵי זְנוּנִים–כִּי-זָנֹה תִזְנֶה הָאָרֶץ, מֵאַחֲרֵי יְהוָה. וַיֵּלֶךְ, וַיִּקַּח, אֶת-גֹּמֶר, בַּת-דִּבְלָיִם; וַתַּהַר וַתֵּלֶד-לוֹ, בֵּן. וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֵלָיו, קְרָא שְׁמוֹ יִזְרְעֶאל: כִּי-עוֹד מְעַט, וּפָקַדְתִּי אֶת-דְּמֵי יִזְרְעֶאל עַל-בֵּית יֵהוּא, וְהִשְׁבַּתִּי, מַמְלְכוּת בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל. וְהָיָה, בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא; וְשָׁבַרְתִּי אֶת-קֶשֶׁת יִשְׂרָאֵל, בְּעֵמֶק יִזְרְעֶאל. וַתַּהַר עוֹד, וַתֵּלֶד בַּת, וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ, קְרָא שְׁמָהּ לֹא רֻחָמָה: כִּי לֹא אוֹסִיף עוֹד, אֲרַחֵם אֶת-בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל–כִּי-נָשֹׂא אֶשָּׂא, לָהֶם. וְאֶת-בֵּית יְהוּדָה אֲרַחֵם, וְהוֹשַׁעְתִּים בַּיהוָה אֱלֹהֵיהֶם; וְלֹא אוֹשִׁיעֵם, בְּקֶשֶׁת וּבְחֶרֶב וּבְמִלְחָמָה, בְּסוּסִים, וּבְפָרָשִׁים. וַתִּגְמֹל, אֶת-לֹא רֻחָמָה; וַתַּהַר, וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן. וַיֹּאמֶר, קְרָא שְׁמוֹ לֹא עַמִּי: כִּי אַתֶּם לֹא עַמִּי, וְאָנֹכִי לֹא-אֶהְיֶה לָכֶם”
” And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD. So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son. And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel. And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel, in the valley of Jezreel. And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away. But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen. Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son. Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.”
G-d commanded Hosea to call his three children by these names. The first one relates to the location where G-d is going to destroy the northern kingdom. The last two, one daughter and one boy signify the new relationship between G-d and his people from the north- he won’t be their G-d anymore, he won’t have mercy , due to their actions.
Main phrases of the post + transcription + translation
Hebrew -Transcription -Translation
לֹא -lō’- Not