Hosea 2:7

“And she shall follow after her louers, but she shall not ouertake them, and she shall seeke them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will goe and returne to my first husband, for then was it better with me then now.”

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Other Translations

And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find [them]: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then [was it] better with me than now.
- King James Version

"She will pursue her lovers, but she will not overtake them; And she will seek them, but will not find {them.} Then she will say, 'I will go back to my first husband, For it was better for me then than now!'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And if she goes after her lovers she will not overtake them; if she makes search for them she will not see them; then will she say, I will go back to my first husband, for then it was better for me than now.
- Basic English Bible

And she shall pursue after her lovers, and shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, and shall not find them: and she shall say, I will go and return to my first husband, for then was it better with me than now.
- Darby Bible

And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.
- Webster's Bible

She will follow after her lovers, but she won't overtake them; and she will seek them, but won't find them. Then she will say, 'I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.'
- World English Bible

And she hath pursued her lovers, And she doth not overtake them, And hath sought them, and doth not find, And she hath said: I go, and I turn back unto My first husband, For -- better to me then than now.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(2:9) And she shall run after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them, and she shall seek them, but shall not find them; then shall she say: 'I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hosea 2:7


2:7 Her lovers - Idols and idolaters. Overtake them - But shall never overtake their desired help. To my first husband - God who had married Israel to himself.


Discussion for Hosea 2

  • Maame Seguwah
    Hosea chapter 2 teaches me about the love God have for humanity. if God could asked His prophet Hosea to take a whore as a wife and He himself named the children of this whore, then brethren we should not condemn anyone because my God is capable to use those we called unbelievers to glorify Himself or accomplish His prophesies. for whiles we were yet sinners Christ died for us, glory haleluya
  • BSP
    Verse 10: The Israelites were accountable to Jehovah God and none of the false gods they were worshipping would save them from him judgment.
  • Marlese
    A prophecy for Israel: Hosea's life dipicted Israel's life with Yah. Israel committed whoredoms by going after the Baalims, and Yah said Lo Ammi (not my people) and He scattered them, but He says even though He scattered them their number will be as the sand of the sea ( Genesis 22:). But He will gather them again and take away baalim from their mouth and they shall call Him Ishi (My Husband).
  • Marlese
    This is a Prophecy for the people of Israel, if we read the first chapter carefully we will see this.
    the wife of whoredoms represents Israel and her whoredoms to Yah, and He Yah is telling what will happen to Israel. and He is saying that although He will do all this to Israel their number will be as the sand of the sea (for this He promised to Abraham in Genesis)
  • Grace Overton
    This chapter teaches me about the unfailing love for all humanity especially those that he called my people..christians who understands this claim my people knows that no matter what we go through in life even falling short of Gods glory that there is always that open door to reconciliation it teaches me the breath the width and the depth of God's unconditional love for us as a people His chosen.
  • Anne
    When life gets really rough and trouble besets us on every side, many of us turn to God for comfort and He is there waiting with open arms to forgive and receive us.

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