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Click to enlarge (The Skeptic's Annotated Bible, Hosea)

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Published by Philip Wells
A sample book from the Skeptic's Annotated Bible. The full text can be found here:
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    H    o    s    e    a
Yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.
 —
Hosea 9.16
Hosea is a book lled with whoredoms, children of whoredoms, adulteriesbetween breasts, buying wives with barley, ripping apart pregnant women, andkilling unborn babies. What will surprise most believers is that it is God whodoes the ripping and killing and who tells Hosea to buy a wife and marry awhore. Biblical family values at its best.Here are the highlights:God told Hosea to commit adultery, saying “take … a wife of whoredoms andchildren of whoredoms” because the land has “committed great whoredom.”So Hosea did as God commanded and “took” a wife named Gomer. 1.2-3God told Hosea to name his baby girl “Loruhamah,” which means unloved. 1.6Hosea tells his children that their mother is a whore who is not his wife.He asks them to tell their mother to “put away her whoredoms” and “heradulteries from between her breasts” or he’ll “strip her naked … and slay herwith thirst.” 2.2-3God will not have mercy upon children if they are the children of whoredoms.2.4-5“Now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shalldeliver her out of mine hand.” 2.10God tells Hosea to love an adulteress. So Hosea buys (another?) wife for ahomer and a half of barley. 3.1-2Committing whoredom by going a whoring with the spirit of whoredom.4.10-12, 5.3-4• If you misbehave, God will make your daughters “commit whoredom” andyour wife “commit adultery.” 4.13• Even more whoredom! “They have committed whoredom continually.” 4.14-18More lewdness and whoredom. 6.9-10“I will send a re upon his cities.” 8.14“Thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward uponevery cornoor.” 9.1• “The prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad.” 9.7• “Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them.” 9.12“O Lord: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.9.14“Yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of theirwomb.” 9.16God will punish Israel by “dashing” together mothers and their children. 10.14• “The LORD … shall roar like a lion.” 11.10God will rip humans apart and eat them like a lion. 13.7-8“Their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall beripped up.” 13.16
 
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The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, theson of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz,and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Je-roboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.2 The beginning of 
the word of the LORD by Hosea. 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, de-parting from the LORD.
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So he went and took Gomer 
the daughter of Di-blaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.4 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 tocease the kingdom of the house of Israel.5 And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.6 And
she conceived again, and bare a daugh-ter. And God said unto him, Call her name Lo-ru-hamah 
: for 
I will no more have mercy upon thehouse of Israel 
; but I will utterly take them away.7 But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not savethem by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.8 Now when she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she con-ceived, and bare a son.9 Then said God, Call his name Lo-ammi: for 
ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.
10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be asthe sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor num-bered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place whereit was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shallbe said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves onehead, and they shall come up out of the land: for greatshall be the day of Jezreel.
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Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi; and to your sis-ters, Ruhamah.2
Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her there-fore put away her whoredoms out of her sight,and her adulteries from between her breasts;
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Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born 
, and make her as a wilderness, andset her like a dry land,
and slay her with thirst.
4 And
I will not have mercy upon her children;for they be the children of whoredoms.
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For their mother hath played the harlot 
: she thatconceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I willgo after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water,my wool and my ax, mine oil and my drink.6 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not nd her paths.7 And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall notovertake them; and she shall seek them, but shall notnd them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my rst husband; for then was it better with me than now.8 For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine,and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.
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(1.2-3) God tells Hosea to commitadultery, saying “take … a wife of whoredomsand children of whoredoms” because the landhas “committed great whoredom.” So Hoseadid as God commanded and “took” a wifenamed Gomer.
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110 Is it wrong to commit adultery?(1.2)
“The LORD said to Hosea, Go, takeunto thee a wife of whoredoms andchildren of whoredoms: for the land hathcommitted great whoredom, departing from the LORD.”
(1.3)
“So he went and took Gomer.”
(1.4)
“I will avenge the blood of Jezreelupon the house of Jehu.
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245 Did God commend or condemn Jehufor the killings at Jezreel?(1.6a)
“She conceived again, and bare adaughter. And God said unto him, Callher name Loruhamah.”
God told Hosea toname his baby girl “Loruhamah,” which meansunloved.
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(1.6b)
“I will no more have mercyupon the house of Israel.
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(1.9)
“Ye are not my people, and I will notbe your God.
Martin Luther interpreted thisverse to mean that God had rejected the Jewsand that Christians should do likewise.
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(2.2-3) God (or Hosea?) tells hischildren that their mother is a whore who isnot his wife. He asks them to tell their motherto “put away her whoredoms” and “heradulteries from between her breasts” or he’ll“strip her naked … and slay her with thirst.(2.2)
“Plead with your mother, plead:for she is not my wife, neither am I herhusband: let her therefore put away herwhoredoms out of her sight, and heradulteries from between her breasts.”
(2.3)
“Lest I strip her naked, and set her asin the day that she was born … and slay herwith thirst.”
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(2.4-5) God “will not have mercyupon … the children of whoredoms. For theirmother hath played the harlot.”(2.4)
“I will not have mercy upon her chil-dren; for they be the children of whore-doms.”
(2.5)
“For their mother hath played theharlot.”
Hosea 1-2
 
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9 Therefore will I return, and take away my corn inthe time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof,and will recover my wool and my ax given to cover her nakedness.10 And
now will I discover her lewdness in thesight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand.
11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feastdays, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her sol-emn feasts.12 And
I will destroy 
her vines and
her g trees
, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, andthe beasts of the eld shall eat them.13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, where-in she burned incense to them, and
she decked her-self with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith theLORD.
14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence, andthe valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall singthere, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day whenshe came up out of the land of Egypt.16 And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thoushalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.17 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the eld, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth,and will make them to lie down safely.19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I willbetroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment,and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: andthou shalt know the LORD.21 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth;22 And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, andthe oil; and they shall hear Jezreel.23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I willhave mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.
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 Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a  woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulter-ess
, according to the love of the LORD toward the chil-dren of Israel, who look to other gods, and love agonsof wine.2
So I bought her to me for fteen pieces of sil- ver, and for an homer of barley, and an half hom-er of barley:
3 And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not befor another man: so will I also be for thee.4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a
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(2.10)
“Now will I discover herlewdness in the sight of her lovers, andnone shall deliver her out of mine hand.
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(2.12)
“I will destroy … her g trees.
 (God hates gs.)
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(2.13)
“She decked herself with herearrings and her jewels, and she went afterher lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.
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(3.1-2) God tells Hosea to love anadulteress. (I thought he already did that inchapter 1.) In any case, Hosea buys (another?)one for a homer and a half of barley.(3.1)
“Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet,love a woman beloved of her friend, yet anadulteress.”
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110 Is it wrong to commit adultery?(3.2)
“So I bought her to me for fteenpieces of silver, and for an homer of barley,and an half homer of barley.”
Hosea 2-3

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