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,#Hs 1:2 just as the Lord loves the Israelites though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes.”#2Sm 6:19; 1Ch 16:3; Sg 2:5
2So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and nine bushels of barley.#3:2 LXX reads barley and a measure of wine#3:2 Lit silver, a homer of barley, and a lethek of barley#Ru 4:10 3I said to her, “You are to live with me many days. You must not be promiscuous or belong to any man, and I will act the same way toward you.”
4For the Israelites must live many days without king or prince,#Hs 13:10–11 without sacrifice#Dn 9:27; 11:31; 12:11; Hs 2:11 or sacred pillar,#Hs 10:1–2 and without ephod#Ex 28:4–12; 1Sm 23:9–12 or household idols.#Gn 31:19,34; Jdg 17:5; 18:14,17 5Afterward, the people of Israel will return#Jr 50:4–5 and seek the Lord their God and David their king.#Is 11:1–10; Jr 23:5–6; 33:15–16; Ezk 34:24; Rm 11:23 They will come with awe to the Lord#Jr 31:9 and to his goodness in the last days.

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