Another Symbolic Marriage
1And Yahweh said to me again,
“Go, love a woman
who has a lover#Literally “who is beloved of a friend” and is committing adultery,
just like the love of Yahweh for the children of Israel,
but they are turning to other gods
and love raisin cakes.”
2So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver
and a homer of barely and a measure of wine.#Hebrew “a measure of barley”; the LXX has “a nebel of wine,” although some modern translations, e.g. NASB, have “a homer and a half of barley”
3And I said to her,
“You must remain as mine#Literally “You must sit at home for me” for many days,
and you will not play the whore;
you will not belong#Literally “you will not be” to a man,
and I will belong to you.”
4The children of Israel will remain for many days
without a king and prince,
without sacrifice and stone pillar, ephod and teraphim.
5Afterward the children of Israel will return
and seek Yahweh their God and David their king.
They will come in fear to Yahweh
and to his goodness at the end of days.
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