Hosea 3 ©

By the marrying and long tarrying of an adulteress, God commands the prophet to set before the eyes of the Israelites the future long-lasting desolate condition of Israel, whereupon at last would follow their conversion unto Christ.


THEN 1said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her 2friend, yet an adulteress, 3according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of 4wine.


So I bought her to me for 5fifteen pieces of silver, and for an 6homera of 7barley, and an half homer of barley:


And I said unto her, Thou shaltb abide 8for me 9many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will 10I also be for thee.


For the children of Israel shall abide 11many days withoutc a 12king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an 13image, and without an 14ephod, and without 15teraphim:d


Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and 16Davide their king; and shall 17fear the LORD and his goodness inf the 18latter days.