1 And Jehovah said unto me, Go again, love a woman beloved of a friend, and an adulteress, according to the love of Jehovah for the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods, and love raisin-cakes.
References for Hosea 3:1
    • a 3:1 - See Jer. 3.20.
      2 So I bought her to me for fifteen silver [pieces], and for a homer of barley, and a half-homer of barley.
      References for Hosea 3:2
        • b 3:2 - * Half-homer is lethec = 15 seahs. A seah is about a peck: see Ex. 16.36; 1Kings 18.32.
          3 And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be [another] man's, and I will also be for thee.
          4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king, and without prince, and without sacrifice, and without statue, and without ephod and teraphim.
          References for Hosea 3:4
            • c 3:4 - Or 'pillar,' 'column,' as 1Kings 14.23; Isa. 19.19, &c.
              5 Afterwards shall the children of Israel return, and seek Jehovah their God, and David their king; and shall turn with fear toward Jehovah and toward his goodness, at the end of the days.