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Hosea 2

19 I will make you my wife forever,
  showing you righteousness and justice,
  unfailing love and compassion.
20 I will be faithful to you and make you mine,
  and you will finally know me as the LORD.

21 "In that day, I will answer,"
  says the LORD.
"I will answer the sky as it pleads for clouds.
  And the sky will answer the earth with rain.
22 Then the earth will answer the thirsty cries
  of the grain, the grapevines, and the olive trees.
And they in turn will answer,
  'Jezreel'—'God plants!'
23 At that time I will plant a crop of Israelites
  and raise them for myself.
I will show love
  to those I called 'Not loved.'*
And to those I called 'Not my people,'*
  I will say, 'Now you are my people.'
And they will reply, 'You are our God!'"

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Footnotes:

2:23a Hebrew Lo-ruhamah; see 1:6. 2:23b Hebrew Lo-ammi; see 1:9.
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