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Hosea 3 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And the Lord said to me, Give your love again to a woman who has a lover and is false to her husband, even as the Lord has love for the children of Israel, though they are turned to other gods and are lovers of grape-cakes. 1 The LORD said to me, "Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes."
2 So I got her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a half of barley; 2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley.
3 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. 3 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."
4 For the children of Israel will for a long time be without king and without ruler, without offerings and without pillars, and without ephod or images. 4 For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or idol.
5 And after that, the children of Israel will come back and go in search of the Lord their God and David their king; and they will come in fear to the Lord and to his mercies in the days to come. 5 Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days.