Hosea Redeems His Wife
1And the Lord said to me, #[ch. 1:2, 3]“Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.” 2So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a #Lev. 27:16; [Ezek. 45:11]homer and a lethech#3:2 A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams; a homer was about 6 bushels or 220 liters; a lethech was about 3 bushels or 110 liters of barley. 3And I said to her, “You must #Deut. 21:13dwell as mine for many days. You shall not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you.” 4For the children of Israel #[See ver. 3 above] shall dwell many days #ch. 10:3, 7 without king or prince, #[ch. 9:4] without sacrifice or #[ch. 10:1, 2] pillar, without #See Judg. 8:27 ephod or #See Gen. 31:19household gods. 5Afterward #[ch. 14:1] the children of Israel shall return and #Jer. 29:13; 50:4 seek the Lord their God, and #Ezek. 34:23; [ch. 1:11]; See Jer. 23:5 David their king, #[Mic. 7:17] and they shall come in fear to the Lord and to his goodness in the #Isa. 2:2; See Mic. 4:1-3latter days.
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