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1 Then said the LORD unto me, 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 love flagons of wine.

2 So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:

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

4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim:

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

Commentary for Hosea 3

The prophet enters into a new contract, representing the gracious manner in which God will again restore Israel under a new covenant.1-3 The dislike of men to true religion is because they love objects and forms, which allow them to indulge, instead of mortifying their lusts. How wonderful that a holy God should have good-will to those whose carnal mind is enmity against Him! Here is represented God's gracious dealings with the fallen race of mankind, that had gone from him. This is the covenant of grace he is willing to enter into with them, they must be to him a people, and he will be to them a God. They must accept the punishment of their sin, and must not return to folly. And it is a certain sign that our afflictions are means of good to us, when we are kept from being overcome by the temptations of an afflicted state.

4-5 Here is the application of the parable to Israel. They must long sit like a widow, stripped of all joys and honours; but shall at length be received again. Those that would seek the Lord so as to find him, must apply to Christ, and become his willing people. Not only are we to fear the Lord and his greatness, but the Lord and his goodness; not only his majesty, but his mercy. Even Jewish writers apply this passage to the promised Messiah; doubtless it foretold their future conversion to Christ, for which they are kept a separate people. Though the first fear of God arise from a view of his holy majesty and righteous vengeance, yet the experience of mercy and grace through Jesus Christ, will lead the heart to reverence so kind and glorious a Friend and Father, and to fear offending him.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Hosea 3

  • Pam
    Thank you Eunice for sharing that and thank you Leopold d for standing and believing in the Lord to restore your marriage. Nothing is impossible with God he can do miracles he hasn’t ever changed. Praise the Lord! Romans 8:28
  • A disciple
    Many say this chapter is about God's unfailing love for us; but THAT is not really the whole point here! The Prophet was commanded to take an adulteress; so he PURCHASED this woman, and told her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee. It was for a sign to Israel of salvation after the age of the Gentiles.
  • Khensani
    The scripture teaches that God's loves is not limited. when you read the scriptures the word adultery appears several time indicating that God hates adultery but in this scripture he tells Hosea to love his adulterous wife, which is not easy but as God loves us and be able to forgive our sins He expected the same to Hosea. this does not mean that we should sin but must repent and change our ways.
  • Benora
    This CHAPTER is a beautiful allegorical picture of Yahweh s faithfulness toward us as covenant people. Even though every one of us in times past have departed from him, sold under sin as Brother Paul proclaims, yet in His Ahavah-love for us, He loved us so dearly He sent His only begotten son into the world to be a propitiation for us. Romans 3:25, 1 John 2:2, 4:10. This fancy word means He literally bought us back after Adam s fall. Think of it. THE GREAT CREATOR HAS BECOME OUR REDEEMER. HE BOUGHT US BACK AFTER WE BETRAYED HIM FOR A LOVE OF THE WORLD, THE LUSTS OF THE FLESH, THE LUSTS OF THE EYE, AND THE PRIDE OF LIFE. PRAISE HIS DEAR SWEET NAME FOREVER. 1 JOHN 2:16
  • HARY COLLINS
    This passage of the scripture describes how we the children of God can spiritual be sometimes and also how patient our God waits to have us back as we return in repentance to him.
  • Nicola
    This just show God 's unfailing love towards us. At times we live a spiritually adulterous life, idolizing material things and people instead of being committed to our Maker, who loves n watches over us. Still God changes not and patiently waits for us to return. Lord remember mercy.
  • Eunice
    Am so moved and encouraged by Leopard. God wil answer your prayers.I advice you get faith filled prayer warriors to agree with you in prayer for your wife 's change of heart and return. Nothing is too hard for God. God is pleased when we stand upon HIs word and He surely answers prayers. I have a friend whose marriage was restored after 15 years of legal divorce.
  • Leopold d\'sa for verse 4
    My life is like Hosea I have a family problem since 8 years I have a son his name is Joash he is 17 years old he is in grade 12 we are legally separates even the Catholic Church has given annulment for our marriage every one tells me to get married again it she who wanted the separation my son was 8 years old I had gone for work he was sleeping g at home she packed her bags and left the house leaving him behind I tried to call and convince her she would not listed she told he that if I tried to force her ah would commit suicide she was already seeing another man I am single handed taking care of my son still waiting on The Lord to touch and change her heart and convince her to come back because the word of God says What God has joined together no man can separate that is what I wait upon

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What kind of woman did the Lord tell Hosea to love?
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