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Hosea 3:2 ASV
So I bought her to me for fifteen [pieces] of silver, and a homer of barley, and a half-homer of barley;
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Hosea 3:2 BBE
So I got her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a half of barley;
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Hosea 3:2 CEB
So I bought her for fifteen pieces of silver, a large amount of barley, and a portion of wine.
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Hosea 3:2 CJB
So I bought her back for myself with fifteen pieces of silver and eight bushels of barley .
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Hosea 3:2 RHE
And I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for a core of barley, and for half a core of barley.
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Hosea 3:2 ESV
So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley.
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Hosea 3:2 GW
So I bought her for 23 ounces of silver and 10 bushels of barley.
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Hosea 3:2 GNT
So I paid fifteen pieces of silver and seven bushels of barley to buy her.
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Hosea 3:2 HNV
So I bought her for myself for fifteen pieces of silver and a homer and a half of barley.
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Hosea 3:2 CSB
So I bought her for 15 shekels of silver and five bushels of barley.
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Hosea 3:2 KJV
So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:
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Hosea 3:2 LEB
So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer of barely and a measure of wine.
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Hosea 3:2 NAS
So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a half of barley.
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Hosea 3:2 NCV
So I bought her for six ounces of silver and ten bushels of barley.
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Hosea 3:2 NIRV
So I bought Gomer for six ounces of silver and about ten bushels of barley.
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Hosea 3:2 NIV
So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley.
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Hosea 3:2 NKJV
So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver, and one and one-half homers of barley.
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Hosea 3:2 NLT
So I bought her back for fifteen pieces of silver and about five bushels of barley and a measure of wine.
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Hosea 3:2 NRS
So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer of barley and a measure of wine.
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Hosea 3:2 RSV
So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley.
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Hosea 3:2 DBY
So I bought her to me for fifteen silver [pieces], and for a homer of barley, and a half-homer of barley.
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Hosea 3:2 MSG
I did it. I paid good money to get her back. It cost me the price of a slave.
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Hosea 3:2 WBT
So I bought her to me for fifteen [pieces] of silver, and [for] a homer of barley, and a half homer of barley:
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Hosea 3:2 TMB
So I bought her for myself for fifteen pieces of silver, and for a homer of barley and a half homer of barley.
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Hosea 3:2 TNIV
So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley.
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Hosea 3:2 WEB
So I bought her for myself for fifteen pieces of silver and a homer and a half of barley.
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Hosea 3:2 WYC
And I delved it to me by fifteen pence, and by a cor of barley, and by half a cor of barley. (And so I bought her back for me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for a cor of barley, and for half a cor of barley.)
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Hosea 3:2 YLT
And I buy her to me for fifteen silverlings, and a homer and a letech of barley;
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Hosea 3 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 3

The prophet enters into a new contract, representing the gracious manner in which God will again restore Israel under a new covenant.

Verses 1-3 The dislike of men to true religion is because they love objects and forms, which allow them to indulge, instead of mortifying their lusts. How wonderful that a holy God should have good-will to those whose carnal mind is enmity against Him! Here is represented God's gracious dealings with the fallen race of mankind, that had gone from him. This is the covenant of grace he is willing to enter into with them, they must be to him a people, and he will be to them a God. They must accept the punishment of their sin, and must not return to folly. And it is a certain sign that our afflictions are means of good to us, when we are kept from being overcome by the temptations of an afflicted state.

Verses 4-5 Here is the application of the parable to Israel. They must long sit like a widow, stripped of all joys and honours; but shall at length be received again. Those that would seek the Lord so as to find him, must apply to Christ, and become his willing people. Not only are we to fear the Lord and his greatness, but the Lord and his goodness; not only his majesty, but his mercy. Even Jewish writers apply this passage to the promised Messiah; doubtless it foretold their future conversion to Christ, for which they are kept a separate people. Though the first fear of God arise from a view of his holy majesty and righteous vengeance, yet the experience of mercy and grace through Jesus Christ, will lead the heart to reverence so kind and glorious a Friend and Father, and to fear offending him.

Hosea 3 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 3

Hosea 3:1-5 . ISRAEL'S CONDITION IN THEIR PRESENT DISPERSION, SUBSEQUENT TO THEIR RETURN FROM BABYLON, SYMBOLIZED.

The prophet is to take back his wife, though unfaithful, as foretold in Hosea 1:2 . He purchases her from her paramour, stipulating she should wait for a long period before she should be restored to her conjugal rights. So Israel is to live for a long period without her ancient rites of religion, and yet be free from idolatry; then at last she shall acknowledge Messiah, and know Jehovah's goodness restored to her.

1. Go yet--"Go again," referring to Hosea 1:2 [HENDERSON].
a woman--purposely indefinite, for thy wife, to express the separation in which Hosea had lived from Gomer for her unfaithfulness.
beloved of her friend--used for "her husband," on account of the estrangement between them. She was still beloved of her husband, though an adulteress; just as God still loved Israel, though idolatrous ( Jeremiah 3:20 ). Hosea is told, not as in Hosea 1:2 , "take a wife," but "love" her, that is, renew thy conjugal kindness to her.
who look to other gods--that is, have done so heretofore, but henceforth (from the return from Babylon) shall do so no more ( Hosea 3:4 ).
flagons of wine--rather, pressed cakes of dried grapes, such as were offered to idols ( Jeremiah 7:18 ) [MAURER].

2. I bought her--The price paid is too small to be a probable dowry wherewith to buy a wife from her parents; but it is just half the price of a female slave, in money, the rest of the price being made up in grain ( Exodus 21:32 ). Hosea pays this for the redemption of his wife, who has become the slave of her paramour. The price being half grain was because the latter was the allowance of food for the slave, and of the coarsest kind, not wheat, but barley. Israel, as committing sin, was the slave of sin ( John 8:34 , Romans 6:16-20 , 2 Peter 2:19 ). The low price expresses Israel's worthlessness.

3. abide for me--separate from intercourse with any other man, and remaining for me who have redeemed thee (compare Deuteronomy 21:13 ).
so will I also be for thee--remain for thee, not taking any other consort. As Israel should long remain without serving other gods, yet separate from Jehovah; so Jehovah on His part, in this long period of estrangement, would form no marriage covenant with any other people (compare Hosea 3:4 ). He would not immediately receive her to marriage privileges, but would test her repentance and discipline her by the long probation; still the marriage covenant would hold good, she was to be kept separated for but a time, not divorced ( Isaiah 50:1 ); in God's good time she shall be restored.

4. The long period here foretold was to be one in which Israel should have no civil polity, king, or prince, no sacrifice to Jehovah, and yet no idol, or false god, no ephod, or teraphim. Exactly describing their state for the last nineteen centuries, separate from idols, yet without any legal sacrifice to Jehovah, whom they profess to worship, and without being acknowledged by Him as His Church. So KIMCHI, a Jew, explains it. The ephod was worn by the high priest above the tunic and robe. It consisted of two finely wrought pieces which hung down, the one in front over the breast, the other on the back, to the middle of the thigh; joined on the shoulders by golden clasps set in onyx stones with the names of the twelve tribes, and fastened round the waist by a girdle ( Exodus 28:6-12 ). The common ephod worn by the lower priests, Levites, and any person performing sacred rites, was of linen ( 2 Samuel 6:14 , 1 Chronicles 15:27 ). In the breast were the Urim and Thummim by which God gave responses to the Hebrews. The latter was one of the five things which the second temple lacked, and which the first had. It, as representing the divinely constituted priesthood, is opposed to the idolatrous "teraphim," as "sacrifice" (to Jehovah) is to "an (idolatrous) image." "Abide" answers to "thou shalt abide for me" ( Hosea 3:3 ). Abide in solitary isolation, as a separated wife. The teraphim were tutelary household gods, in the shape of human busts, cut off at the waist (as the root of the Hebrew word implies) [MAURER], ( Genesis 31:19 Genesis 31:30-35 ). They were supposed to give responses to consulters ( 2 Kings 23:24 , Ezekiel 21:21 , Margin; Zechariah 10:2 ). Saul's daughter, Michal, putting one in a bed, as if it were David, proves the shape to have been that of a man.

5. Afterward--after the long period ("many days," Hosea 3:4 ) has elapsed.
return--from their idols to "their God," from whom they had wandered.
David their king--Israel had forsaken the worship of Jehovah at the same time that they forsook their allegiance to David's line. Their repentance towards God is therefore to be accompanied by their return to the latter. So Judah and Israel shall be one, and under "one head," as is also foretold ( Hosea 1:11 ). That representative and antitype of David is Messiah. "David" means "the beloved." Compare as to Messiah, Matthew 3:17 , Ephesians 1:6 . Messiah is called David ( Isaiah 55:3 Isaiah 55:4 , Jeremiah 30:9 , Ezekiel 34:23 Ezekiel 34:24 , Ezekiel 37:24 Ezekiel 37:25 ).
fear the Lord and his goodness--that is, tremblingly flee to the Lord, to escape from the wrath to come; and to His goodness," as manifested in Messiah, which attracts them to Him ( Jeremiah 31:12 ). The "fear" is not that which "hath torment" ( 1 John 4:18 ), but reverence inspired by His goodness realized in the soul ( Psalms 130:4 ).
the latter days--those of Messiah [KIMCHI].