Parallel Verses

Julia Smith Translation

And she pursued those loving her, and she shall not overtake them; and she sought them and she shall not find: and she said, I will go and turn back to my former husband, for it was well to me then more than now.

New American Standard Bible

“She will pursue her lovers, but she will not overtake them;
And she will seek them, but will not find them.
Then she will say, ‘I will go back to my first husband,
For it was better for me then than now!’

King James Version

And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.

Holman Bible

She will pursue her lovers but not catch them;
she will seek them but not find them.
Then she will think,
“I will go back to my former husband,
for then it was better for me than now.”

International Standard Version

She will pursue her lovers, but she won't catch up with them. She will seek them, but she won't find them. Then she will say, "I'll go back and return to my first husband, because it was better for me then than now.'

A Conservative Version

And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them. And she shall seek them, but shall not find them. Then she shall say, I will go and return to my first husband, for it was better with me then than now.

American Standard Version

And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.

Amplified


“She will [passionately] pursue her lovers, but she will not overtake them;
And she will seek them, but will not find them.
Then she will say, ‘Let me go and return to my first husband,
For it was better for me then than now!’

Bible in Basic English

And if she goes after her lovers she will not overtake them; if she makes search for them she will not see them; then will she say, I will go back to my first husband, for then it was better for me than now.

Darby Translation

And she shall pursue after her lovers, and shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, and shall not find them: and she shall say, I will go and return to my first husband, for then was it better with me than now.

King James 2000

And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Then she will pursue {her lovers}, but she will not overtake them; she will seek them and not find [them]; and she will say, "I will go and return to my first husband because [it was] better for me then than now."

Modern King James verseion

And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them. She shall seek them, but shall not find them. Then she shall say, I will go and return to my first husband, for then it was better with me than now.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

and though she run after her lovers, yet shall she not get them: she shall seek them, but not find them. Then shall she say, 'Well, I will go turn again to my first husband, for at that time was I better at ease, than now.'

NET Bible

Then she will pursue her lovers, but she will not catch them; she will seek them, but she will not find them. Then she will say, "I will go back to my husband, because I was better off then than I am now."

New Heart English Bible

She will follow after her lovers, but she won't overtake them; and she will seek them, but won't find them. Then she will say, 'I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.'

The Emphasized Bible

And, when she shall pursue her lovers, and not overtake them, and shall seek them and not find, then will she say, Let me go my way now! and return unto my first husband, for it was better with me, then, than, now!

Webster

And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.

World English Bible

She will follow after her lovers, but she won't overtake them; and she will seek them, but won't find them. Then she will say, 'I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.'

Youngs Literal Translation

And she hath pursued her lovers, And she doth not overtake them, And hath sought them, and doth not find, And she hath said: I go, and I turn back unto My first husband, For -- better to me then than now.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
אהב אהב 
'ahab 
Usage: 212

but she shall not overtake
נשׂג 
Nasag 
Usage: 50

them, but shall not find
מצא 
Matsa' 
Usage: 455

I will go
ילך 
Yalak 
Usage: 0

and return
שׁוּב 
Shuwb 
Usage: 1058

to my first
ראשׁן ראשׁון 
Ri'shown 
Usage: 182

אישׁ 
'iysh 
Usage: 692

Devotionals

Devotionals containing Hosea 2:7

References

Context Readings

Israel's Adultery Rebuked

6 Therefore, behold me hedging in thy way with thorns, and I walled a wall and she shall not find her beaten paths. 7 And she pursued those loving her, and she shall not overtake them; and she sought them and she shall not find: and she said, I will go and turn back to my former husband, for it was well to me then more than now. 8 And she knew not that I gave to her grain, and new wine, and new oil. and I multiplied silver to her, and gold they made for Baal.



Cross References

Jeremiah 2:2

Go and call in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus said Jehovah, I remembered for thee the kindness of thy youth, the love of thy completion, thy going after me in the desert in a land not, sown.

Hosea 5:13

And Ephraim will see his disease and Judah his wound, and Ephraim will go to Assur, and he will send to king Jareb: and he will not be able to heal for you, and he will not remove from you the wound.

Jeremiah 14:22

Is there among the vanities of the nations those causing ruin? and if the heavens will give showers? Art not thou he, Jehovah our God? And we will wait for thee: for thou didst make all these.

Ezekiel 23:4

And their names Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister; and they will be to me, and they will bring forth sons and daughters, and their names Shomeron-Aholah and Jerusalem Aholibah.

Hosea 13:6

According to their pasture, and they will be satiated; they were satiated, and their heart will be lifted up: for this they forgat me.

Deuteronomy 6:10-12

And it was when Jehovah thy God shall bring thee in to the land which he sware to thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaak and to Jacob, to give to thee cities great and good which thou didst not build,

Deuteronomy 8:17-18

And thou saidst in thy heart, My strength and the bone of my handmade for me this wealth.

Deuteronomy 32:13-15

He will cause him to ride upon the heights of the land; He shall eat the produce of the field; And he shall suck honey from the rock, And oil from the flint of the rock

2 Chronicles 28:20-22

And Tilgath-Pileser king of Assur, will come to him and he will press upon him, and he strengthened him not.

Nehemiah 9:25-26

And they will take inaccessible cities, and a fat land, and they will inherit houses full of all good, and wells hewed out, vineyards and olive trees, and the tree of food for abundance: and they will eat and be filled, and be fat, and will live delicately in thy great goodness.

Psalm 116:7

Turn back, O my soul, to thy rest; for Jehovah benefited to thee.

Isaiah 30:2-3

Going to come down to Egypt, and my mouth they asked not; to be strengthened by the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt

Isaiah 30:16

And ye will say, No; for upon horses we will flee: for this ye shall flee: and upon the swift will we ride; for this they pursuing you shall be swift.

Isaiah 31:1-3

Wo to those going down to Egypt for help; and they will look upon horses, and trust upon chariots, because they are many; and upon horsemen because they were strong greatly; and they looked not upon the Holy One of Israel, and sought not Jehovah.

Jeremiah 2:28

And where thy gods which thou didst make to thee? they will arise, if they shall save thee in the time of thine evil: for from the numbering of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah.

Jeremiah 2:36-1

Why wilt thou despise greatly to do the second time thy way? also thou shalt be ashamed of Egypt as thou wert ashamed of Assur.

Jeremiah 3:22-25

Turn back, ye sons turning away; I will heal your turnings-away. Behold, we came to thee; for thou Jehovah our God.

Jeremiah 30:12-15

For thus said Jehovah, Thy breaking is incurable, and thy blow sickly.

Jeremiah 31:18

Hearing, I heard Ephraim being thrust away: Thou didst correct me, and I shall be corrected as a calf not being taught: turn me back and I shall be turned back, for thou Jehovah my God.

Jeremiah 31:32

Not according to the covenant which I cut out with their fathers in the day I laid hold upon their hand to bring them forth out of the land of Egypt; which they brake my covenant, and I was Lord over them, says Jehovah.

Jeremiah 50:4-5

In those days and in that time, says Jehovah, the sons of Israel shall come, they and the sons of Judah together, going, and they wept: they shall go and shall seek Jehovah their God.

Lamentations 3:40-42

We will search out our ways, and examine and turn back even to Jehovah.

Ezekiel 16:8

And I shall pass by thee and see thee, and behold, thy time the time of loves; and I shall spread my wing over thee and cover thy nakedness: and I shall swear to thee, and come into covenant with thee, says the Lord Jehovah, and thou shalt be to me.

Ezekiel 16:18

And thou wilt take thy garments of variegations and cover them: and thou gavest mine oil and mine incense before them.

Ezekiel 20:32

And the things were coming up upon your spirit which will not be which ye say, We will be as the nations, as the families of the lands to serve wood and stone.

Ezekiel 23:22

For this, O Aholibah, thus said the Lord Jehovah: Behold me raising up those loving thee, against thee, whom thy soul was rent away from them, and I brought them against thee from round about

Daniel 4:17

The word by the decree of the watchers, and the saying of the holy ones is the question: for the reason that the living shall know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and to whom that he will, he will give it, and he will raise up over it the low of men.

Daniel 4:25

And for thee driving from men, and with the beasts of the open field to be thy dwelling, and they shall feed to thee grass as oxen, and wetting to thee from the dew of the heavens, and seven times shall pass over thee till that thou shalt know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and to whom that he will, he will give it

Daniel 4:32

And from men driving thee out, and with beasts of the open field thy dwelling: and they shall feed to thee the grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee till that thou shalt know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and to whom he will, he will give it

Daniel 5:21

And he was driven from the sons of men, and his heart was made level with the beasts, and with wild asses his dwelling: they will feed him with the green herb as oxen, and from the dew of the heavens his body will be wet; till that he knew that God the Most High ruled in the kingdom of men, and to whom he will, he will set up over it.

Hosea 5:15-1

I will go and turn back to my place, even till when they shall be guilty, and they sought my face: in straitness to them they will turn to me.

Hosea 14:1

Turn back, O Israel, even to Jehovah thy God, for thou wert weak in thine iniquity.

Luke 15:17-20

And having come to himself, he said, Many hired of my father abound in loaves, and I am perishing with hunger!

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