The LORD said to me, "Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress.1 Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.2"
So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek 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 live with you."
For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince,3 without sacrifice4 or sacred stones,5 without ephod6 or idol.7
Afterward the Israelites will return and seek8 the LORD their God and David their king.9 They will come trembling10 to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days.11
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