Hosea 3

Hosea’s Second Symbolic Marriage

1Then the  Lord said to me, “Go again, love a
I.e. Gomer
woman who is loved by her
Lit companion
husband, yet an adulteress, even c  as the  Lord loves the sons of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love raisin d  cakes.”
2So I e  bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a
Heb lethech
half of barley.
3Then I said to her, “You shall g  stay with me for many days. You shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a
Or husband
man; so I will also be toward you.”
4For the sons of Israel will remain for many days i  without king or prince j  without sacrifice or sacred k  pillar and without l  ephod or
Heb teraphim
,
n  household idols.
5Afterward the sons of Israel will o  return and seek the  Lord their God and p  David their king; and q  they will come trembling to the  Lord and to His goodness in the last days.
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