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Hosea Chapter 3

Hosea 3:1
3:1 Then said the LORD unto me, {a} Go yet, love a woman beloved
    of [her] friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of
    the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other
    gods, and {b} love flagons of wine.

    (a) In this the Prophet represents the person of God, who
        loved his Church before he called her, and did not
        withdraw his love when she gave herself to idols.
    (b) That is, gave themselves wholly to pleasure, and could
        not stop, as those that are given to drunkenness.

Hosea 3:2
3:2 So {c} I bought her to me for fifteen [pieces] of silver,
    and [for] an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:

    (c) Yet I loved her and paid a small portion for her, lest
        she would have perceived the greatness of my love, and
        abused me, and not been under duty: for fifteen pieces
        of silver was but half the price of a slave; Exodus 21:32.

Hosea 3:3
3:3 And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for {d} me many days;
    thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for
    [another] man: so [will] I also [be] for thee.

    (d) I will try you a long time as in your widowhood, whether
        you will be mine or not.

Hosea 3:4
3:4 For the children of Israel shall {e} abide many days without
    a king, and without a {f} prince, and without a sacrifice,
    and without an image, and without an ephod, and [without]

    (e) Meaning not only all the time of their captivity, but
        also until Christ.
    (f) That is, they would neither have administration nor
        religion, and their idols also in which they put their
        confidence, would be destroyed.

Hosea 3:5
3:5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the
    LORD their God, and {g} David their king; and shall fear the
    LORD and his goodness in the latter days.

    (g) This is meant of Christ's kingdom, which was promised to
        David to be eternal; Psalm 72:17.

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