Compare Translations for Hosea 3:3

Hosea 3:3 ASV
and I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be any man's wife: so will I also be toward thee.
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Hosea 3:3 BBE
And I said to her, You are to be mine for a long space of time; you are not to be false to me, and no other man is to have you for his wife; and so will I be to you.
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Hosea 3:3 CEB
I said to her, "You must stay with me for many days; you won't act like a prostitute; you won't have sex with a man, nor I with you."
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Hosea 3:3 CJB
Then I told her, "You are to remain in seclusion for a long time and be mine. You are not to be a prostitute, and you are not to be with any other man; and I won't come in to have sex with you either."
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Hosea 3:3 RHE
And I said to her: Thou shalt wait for me many days: thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt be no man’s, and I also will wait for thee.
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Hosea 3:3 ESV
And I said to her, "You must dwell as mine for many days. You shall not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you."
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Hosea 3:3 GW
Then I told her, "You must wait for me a long time. Don't be a prostitute or offer yourself to any man. I will wait for you."
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Hosea 3:3 GNT
I told her that for a long time she would have to wait for me without being a prostitute or committing adultery; and during this time I would wait for her.
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Hosea 3:3 HNV
I said to her, "You shall stay with me many days. You shall not play the prostitute, and you shall not be with any other man. I will also be so toward you."
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Hosea 3:3 CSB
I said to her, "You must live with me many days. Don't be promiscuous or belong to any man, and I will act the same way toward you."
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Hosea 3:3 KJV
And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot , and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee.
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Hosea 3:3 LEB
And I said to her, "{You must remain as mine} for many days, and you will not play the whore; {you will not belong} to a man, and I [will] belong to you."
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Hosea 3:3 NAS
Then I said to her, "You shall stay with me for many days. You shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man; so I will also be toward you."
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Hosea 3:3 NCV
Then I told her, "You must wait for me for many days. You must not be a prostitute, and you must not have sexual relations with any other man. I will act the same way toward you."
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Hosea 3:3 NIRV
Then I told her, "You must wait for me for a long time. You must not be a prostitute. You must not have sex with any man. And I will wait for you."
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Hosea 3:3 NIV
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 live with you."
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Hosea 3:3 NKJV
And I said to her, "You shall stay with me many days; you shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man--so, too, will I be toward you."
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Hosea 3:3 NLT
Then I said to her, "You must live in my house for many days and stop your prostitution. During this time, you will not have sexual intercourse with anyone, not even with me."
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Hosea 3:3 NRS
And I said to her, "You must remain as mine for many days; you shall not play the whore, you shall not have intercourse with a man, nor I with you."
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Hosea 3:3 RSV
And I said to her, "You must dwell as mine for many days; you shall not play the harlot, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you."
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Hosea 3:3 DBY
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.
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Hosea 3:3 MSG
Then I told her, "From now on you're living with me. No more whoring, no more sleeping around. You're living with me and I'm living with you."
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Hosea 3:3 WBT
And I said to her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for [another] man: so [will] I also [be] for thee.
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Hosea 3:3 TMB
And I said unto her, "Thou shalt abide for me many days. Thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man. So will I also be for thee."
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Hosea 3:3 TNIV
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."
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Hosea 3:3 WEB
I said to her, "You shall stay with me many days. You shall not play the prostitute, and you shall not be with any other man. I will also be so toward you."
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Hosea 3:3 WYC
And I said to it, By many days thou shalt abide me; thou shalt not do fornication, and thou shalt not be with an husband, but also I shall abide thee. (And I said to her, For many days thou shalt wait for me; thou shalt not do adultery, or idolatry, and thou shalt not be with a husband, and also I shall wait for thee.)
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Hosea 3:3 YLT
and I say unto her, `Many days thou dost remain for Me, thou dost not go a-whoring, nor become any one's; and I also [am] for thee.'
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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].