a-lur' (pathah, "to persuade," "woo," "entice"; deleazo, "to entrap," "lay a bait"):
(1) "I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness" (Hosea 2:14), with evident reference to the Assyrian invasion and the devastation of the land, followed up by the Exile. Thus would Yahweh entice Israel to repent by gentle punishment; then would follow her restoration and the outpouring of His love (Hosea 2:14).
(2) "They allure through the lusts of the flesh" (2 Peter 2:18, the Revised Version (British and American) "entice"). Wicked men allure to destruction; God (as above) allures to punishment, repentance and restoration.
M. O. Evans
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