1 The Jews shall be cast off for their idolatry. 5 Afterward they shall return to the Lord.

Then said the Lord to me, [a]Go yet, and love a woman (beloved of her husband, and was an harlot) according to the love of the Lord toward the children of Israel: yet they looked to other gods, and [b]loved the wine bottles.

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  1. Hosea 3:1 Herein the Prophet representeth the person of God, which loved his Church before he called her, and did not withdraw the same when she gave herself to idols.
  2. Hosea 3:1 That is, gave themselves wholly to pleasure, and could not take up, as they that are given to drunkenness.