Israel Will Return to God
1Then the Lord said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by a #Jer. 3:20lover and is committing adultery, just like the love of the Lord for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans.”
2So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver, and one and one-half homers of barley. 3And I said to her, “You shall #Deut. 21:13stay with me many days; you shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man—so, too, will I be toward you.”
4For the children of Israel shall abide many days #Hos. 10:3without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, without #Ex. 28:4–12; 1 Sam. 23:9–12ephod or #Gen. 31:19, 34; Judg. 17:5; 18:14, 17; (1 Sam. 15:23)teraphim. 5Afterward the children of Israel shall return and #Jer. 50:4seek the Lord their God and #Jer. 30:9; Ezek. 34:24David their king. They shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the #(Is. 2:2, 3); Jer. 31:9latter days.