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Reference: Ruhamah


having obtained mercy, a symbolical name given to the daughter of Hosea (Ho 2:1).

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(See LO-AMMI.) Ho 1:6-7. Compassionated by God, as Israel shall be in the last days; in contrast to Lo-Ruhamah, "not compassionated," as now apparently Israel is by unbelief.

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The second child (a daughter) of Gomer, Hosea's wife, was called Lo-ruhamah, 'unpitied' (Ho 1:6,8). The name was given symbolically to indicate that God had ceased to pity Israel, and given her over to calamity. The return of God's mercy is indicated in Ho 2:1 'Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi (i.e. 'my people,' in opposition to Lo-ammi, 'not my people'); and to your sisters, Ruhamah' (i.e. ye are 'pitied'). A similar play on the word is found in Ho 2:23 'I will have mercy on "her that had not obtained mercy" (Lo-ruhamah).'

W. F. Boyd.

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In the prophet Hosea they were to say to their sisters in Israel, Ruhamah, 'having obtained mercy,' as in the margin. Hosea had in Hosea 1 called his daughter symbolically Lo-ruhamah, 'not having obtained mercy,' to signify the state of Israel; but in Ho 1:11 he speaks of restoration, so that Ruhamah apparently refers to the remnant, those who entered into the spirit and mind of the prophet, and in that sense were his 'sisters.' Ho 2:1: cf. Mt 12:50.

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