Hosea 3

Waiting for Restoration

1Then the Lord said to me, “Go again; show love to a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, a just as the Lord loves the Israelites though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes.” b

2So I bought her for 15
shekel(s): In the OT the shekel is a measurement of weight that came to be used as money, either gold or silver.
shekels of silver and five bushels of barley.
LXX reads barley and a measure of wine
Lit silver, a homer of barley, and a lethek of barley
3I said to her, “You must live with me many days. Don’t be promiscuous or belong to any man, and I will act the same way toward you.”

4 For the Israelites must live many days without king or prince, g without sacrifice h or sacred pillar, i and without
ephod: A vestlike garment, extending below the waist and worn under the breastpiece, which was used by both the priests and the high priest
ephod k or household idols. l
5 Afterward, the people of Israel will return m and seek the Lord their God and David their king. n They will come with awe to the Lord o and to His goodness in the last days.
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