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Hosea 3 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The Lord said to me, "Go again and show your love for a woman who is committing adultery with a lover. You must love her just as I still love the people of Israel, even though they turn to other gods and like to take offerings of raisins to idols." 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 paid fifteen pieces of silver and seven bushels of barley to buy her. 2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley.
3 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. 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 In just this way the people of Israel will have to live for a long time without kings or leaders, without sacrifices or sacred stone pillars, without idols or images to use for divination. 4 For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or idol.
5 But the time will come when the people of Israel will once again turn to the Lord their God and to a descendant of David their king. Then they will fear the Lord and will receive his good gifts. 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.