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Then the Lord said to me, “Go, and get your wife again and bring her back to you and love her, even though she loves adultery. For the Lord still loves Israel though she has turned to other gods and offered them choice gifts.”

So I bought her back from her slavery[a] for a couple of dollars and eight bushels of barley, and I said to her, “You must live alone for many days; do not go out with other men nor be a prostitute, and I will wait for you.”

This illustrates the fact that Israel will be a long time without a king or prince, and without an altar, Temple, priests, or even idols!

Afterward they will return to the Lord their God and to the Messiah, their King,[b] and they shall come trembling, submissive to the Lord and to his blessings in the end times.

Footnotes

  1. Hosea 3:2 back from her slavery, implied.
  2. Hosea 3:5 to the Messiah, their King, literally, “to David, their king.” Christ was “the Greater David.”

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