The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”
So I bought her for fifteen shekels[a] of silver and about a homer and a lethek[b] of barley.
Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.”
For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods.
Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.
a.Hosea 3:2A homer and a lethek possibly weighed about 430 pounds or about 195 kilograms.
b.Hosea 3:2That is, about 6 ounces or about 170 grams
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the northern kingdom of Israel, another prophet came on to the scene
a. His name was Hosea
b. Whose name means "salvation" (Joshua and Jesus are derived from
the same w
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