Why is Bible engagement down in the digital age? Bible Gateway's Rachel Barach shares some insight.
2:14 into the wilderness. There Israel is to love God alone (v. 16; cf. Jer. 2:2).
speak tenderly to her. Lit. “speak to the heart,” an idiom used elsewhere for wooing, speaking kindly, and coaxing (Gen. 34:3; Judg. 19:3; Ruth 2:13).