Posted by: edhensley | July 12, 2009

God Orders His Prophet to Marry a Whore


King James Version
Hosea 1:2The 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, departing from the LORD.

English Standard Version
Hosea 1:2When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the LORD.”

New International Version
Hosea 1:2 When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, “Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD.” 3 So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

I only had time for a quick verse this morning, so I remembered this one. But when I went to biblegateway.com to copy and paste, the NIV version had “adultress” where I remembered “whoredom” in other versions. I checked other versions and found that most used whore, whoredom, or harlotry.

This enabled me to quickly elaborate on two points. First of all, I never remember a Sunday school teacher ever telling us or having us read that God orders a prophet to marry a whore. This only occurred the first time I read the bible from cover to cover. I had to read that verse multiple times to make sure that I got the meaning correct. This is not the behavior of the God I had been raised to believe in.

The second point shows one example of how the New International Version had some of the material cleaned up. “Wife of whoredoms” becomes “adultress wife”. There are many other examples where words and phrases are changed in modern translations in order to make God sound more like the humanistic Christian God of the 21st century and less like the tyrannical God of the middle ages.

Modern translators make other changes as well. You can go to biblegateway.com and search for “dragon” and get 34 hits in the King James while only 14 hits in the NIV (all in Revelation). This is because modern translators believed that a mythical creature like the dragon takes credibility from the bible. The same Hebrew word was replaced with “jackal”, “monster”, “sea monste”, “crocodile” and other words in various translations.

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  1. The scripture highlighted is a perfect example of the connection of Sex and Religion in ancient Hebrew. A better understanding of the culture and language shows just how close the two where/are. Many Christians today just do not understand the ancients and believe the Bible tells one story when the truth is often quite bizarre and different in reality.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred_prostitution

    >>
    The Hebrew Bible uses two different words for prostitute, zonah (זנה)‎[11][12] and kedeshah (קדשה)‎.[13][14] The word zonah simply meant an ordinary prostitute or loose woman.[12] But the word kedeshah literally means “consecrated (feminine form)”, from the Semitic root q-d-sh (קדש)‎ meaning “holy” or “set apart”.[13]

    Whatever the cultic significance of a kedeshah to a follower of the Canaanite religion, the Hebrew Bible is quick to connect the term with a common prostitute. Thus Deuteronomy 23:17-18 warns followers:

    None of the daughters of Israel shall be a kedeshah, nor shall any of the sons of Israel be a kadesh.
    You shall not bring the hire of a prostitute (zonah) or the wages of a dog (keleb) into the house of the Lord your God to pay a vow, for both of these are an abomination to the Lord your God.

    The meaning of the male form kadesh or qadesh is not entirely clear.[15]

    The Hebrew word keleb (dog) in the next line may also signify a male dancer or prostitute,

    <> The sons of Eli had sex with women “at the door of the tabernacle.” 2:22
    <>
    This is my covenant … every man child among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin.” <> 30:14 And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son’s mandrakes.
    30:15 And she said unto her, Is it a small matter that thou hast taken my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son’s mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to night for thy son’s mandrakes. <<

    Mandrakes of course look like the male private bits.

    Lets not forget you rother blog about the Song of Solomon, which is of course all about sex.

    Just about every story in the Bible has a sexual element behind it. Its not a way of cursing or shaming someone its proof of Gods favour.

  2. So this was allegorical of God’s relationship with Israel. He loved Israel, picked her out from the smallest of nations, brought her many riches, and showed her favour. Israel then turns to other gods and worships them. How would you feel if the person you were married went and slept around on you after you cared for them and loved them? Israel was unfaithful, turned her back on God, and this was the message God was trying to show his people through the prophet Hosea.

    • So you are admitting the bible is not literal. When does the bible say “this is allegor, that is literal”? It never does. Is the garden of Eden story just an allegory? Some people think so, others think not. You have just demonstrated how apologists can make the bible say whatever they want it to say. When something is offensive or wrong, just claim it is allegory.

  3. Edhensley, You missed Ash’s point (at least I hope this was Ash’s point). The story of Hosea is allegorical in regards to Israel’s relationship to God, but is also a reality show. He DID marry a whore and she bore him children and later continued her whoring and eventually was gangbanged to death (literally). The gangbangers were found and punished. By her life and death, God, (through Hosea) was able to shock Israel into a real understanding of their own unfaithfulness, and the consequences of it. In other words, it brought the heavenly to earth! God’s pain was more visible to His people, through Hosea’s reality.
    God used other prostitutes for His good purposes and even made a donkey (ass) to speak to get His message across. Read these things in their context yourself and ask God for clarity, He is closer than you think.

    • I think your comments reflect blind devotion and a total disregard for decency and logic. Using a whore getting gangbanged to death to shock Israel is morally repugnant, and believing that a donkey could talk is illogical, since donkeys do not have vocal chords, etc.

      • If God could create a donkey, it is illogical to say he could not make it talk….or you ‘bray’ for that matter. God does not fit our mold. He just does whatever it takes to bring about His will. God hates whoring but loves the whore, so having her help him teach an entire nation a practical lesson is an act of His grace and love. He did not make her a whore, but used (as He often has to) man’s imperfection to demonstrate His perfection……..get it? Also anything LESS than blind devotion to your creator is illogical.

        The lesson to Israel worked by the way! They got the picture and had a change of heart. When Divinity chooses and uses a method, why do mortals question?….once again…..illogical.

      • You would fit right in at Westboro Baptist Church.
        God used the terrorists of September 11, 2001, to send a message to Israe… er, I mean the USA.
        God kills soldiers to punish Israe… er, I mean the USA, for permitting homosexuality.
        God kills people with hurricanes to punish Israe…, er, I mean the USA, for abortion.

        “When Divinity chooses and uses a method, why do mortals question?….once again…..illogical.”
        I must disagree with you and all the Muslim terrorists that believe this statement.

    • Question. So God uses this whore for his plans which got her gangbanged to death. Excusing the lack of free will in this, (as if she would have changed her ways, God’s plan would have failed so it HAD to happen) being a part of God’s plan that resulted in her death in a horrible and horiffic way, Did she go to heaven or hell for her service?

  4. why sometimes the word of God fail in our lives

  5. Wow, they’re certainly everywhere today.

  6. […] And here was the story where God orders a prophet to marry a hooker. https://rarebible.wordpress.com/2009/07/12/god-orders-his-prophet-to-marry-a-whore/ […]


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