Hosea Chapter 3 |
1The Lord said to me further, “Go, befriend a woman who, while befriended by a companion, consorts with others, just as the Lord befriends the Israelites, but they turn to other gods and love the cups of the grape.”
2Then I hired her for fifteen [shekels of] silver, a a 3and I stipulated with her, “In return, you are to go a long time without either fornicating or marrying; even I [shall not cohabit] with you.”
4For the Israelites shall go a long time without king and without officials, without sacrifice and without cult pillars, and without ephod and teraphim. 5Afterward, the Israelites will turn back and will seek the Lord their God and David their king—and they will thrill over the Lord and over His bounty in the days to come.