Hosea 2:14-23

The Lord's Mercy on Israel

14 "Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and 1bring her into the wilderness, and 2speak tenderly to her.
15 And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor[a] a door of hope. And there she shall answer 3as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.
16 "And 4in that day, declares the LORD, you will call me 'My Husband,' and no longer will you call me 'My Baal.'
17 For 5I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, and they shall be remembered by name no more.
18 And 6I will make for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground. And 7I will abolish[b] the bow, the sword, and war from the land, and I will make you lie down in 8safety.
19 And I will betroth you to me 9forever. 10I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy.
20 11I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And 12you shall know the LORD.
21 "And 13in that day 14I will answer, declares the LORD, I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the earth,
22 and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they shall answer 15Jezreel,[c]
23 and 16I will sow her for myself in the land. And 17I 18will have mercy on No Mercy,[d] and 19I will say to Not My People,[e]20'You are my people'; and he shall say, 'You are my God.'"

Hosea 2:14-23 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO HOSEA 2

This chapter is an explanation of the former, proceeding upon the same argument in more express words. The godly Israelites are here called upon to lay before the body of the people their idolatry, ingratitude, obstinacy, and ignorance of the God of their mercies; and to exhort them to repentance, lest they should be stripped of all their good things, and be brought into great distress and difficulties; all their joy and comfort cease, and be exposed to shame and contempt, Ho 2:1-13, yet, notwithstanding, many gracious promises are made unto them, of their having the alluring and comfortable word of the Gospel; of a door of hope; of salvation being opened to them; of faith in the Lord, and affection to him as their husband; of the removal of all idolatry from them; of safety from all enemies; of their open espousal to Christ; of his hearing of their prayers, and giving them plenty of all good things; and of their multiplication, conversion, and covenant relation to God, Ho 2:14-23.

Hosea 2:14-23 In-Context

12 And I will lay waste her vines and her fig trees, of which she said, 'These are my wages, which my lovers have given me.' I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall devour them.
13 And I will punish her for the feast days of the Baals when she burned offerings to them and adorned herself with her ring and jewelry, and went after her lovers and forgot me, declares the LORD.
14 "Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her.
15 And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.
16 "And in that day, declares the LORD, you will call me 'My Husband,' and no longer will you call me 'My Baal.'
17 For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, and they shall be remembered by name no more.
18 And I will make for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground. And I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land, and I will make you lie down in safety.
19 And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy.
20 I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the LORD.
21 "And in that day I will answer, declares the LORD, I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the earth,
22 and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they shall answer Jezreel,
23 and I will sow her for myself in the land. And I will have mercy on No Mercy, and I will say to Not My People,'You are my people'; and he shall say, 'You are my God.'"

Cross References 20

  • 1. [Ezekiel 20:35]
  • 2. Isaiah 40:2
  • 3. [Hosea 9:10; Hosea 11:1; Jeremiah 2:2; Ezekiel 16:22, 60]
  • 4. ver. 18, 21
  • 5. Zephaniah 1:4; Zechariah 13:2; [Exodus 23:13]
  • 6. Ezekiel 34:25; [Job 5:23]
  • 7. Psalms 46:9; Isaiah 2:4; Isaiah 9:5; Ezekiel 39:9, 10
  • 8. Leviticus 26:5; Jeremiah 23:6
  • 9. [Ezekiel 43:7]
  • 10. [ver. 7, 16; Jeremiah 3:14, 15; 2 Corinthians 11:2]
  • 11. [See ver. 19 above]
  • 12. Jeremiah 31:34; John 17:3
  • 13. ver. 16
  • 14. [Zechariah 8:12]
  • 15. [Hosea 1:4, 11]
  • 16. [Hosea 1:10]; See Ezekiel 36:9-11
  • 17. Cited Romans 9:25, 26
  • 18. Hosea 1:6
  • 19. Hosea 1:9; 1 Peter 2:10
  • 20. ver. 1; Zechariah 13:9; See Leviticus 26:12; Jeremiah 31:33

Footnotes 5

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