Bible: Hosea 3

An Illustration of God’s Love for Idolatrous Israel

3:1 The Lord said to me, “Go, show love to 1  your wife 2  again, even though she loves 3  another man 4  and continually commits adultery. 5  Likewise, the Lord loves 6  the Israelites 7  although they turn to other gods and love to offer raisin cakes to idols.” 8  3:2 So I paid fifteen shekels of silver and about seven bushels of barley 9  to purchase her. 3:3 Then I told her, “You must live with me many days; you must not commit adultery or have sexual intercourse with 10  another man, and I also will wait for you.” 3:4 For the Israelites 11  must live many days without a king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred fertility pillar, without ephod or idols. 3:5 Afterward, the Israelites will turn and seek the Lord their God and their Davidic king. 12  Then they will submit to the Lord in fear and receive his blessings 13  in the future. 14 

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