Hosea 2:16-20

16 “In that day,” declares the LORD, “you will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master.[a]
17 I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips; no longer will their names be invoked.
18 In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the creatures that move along the ground. Bow and sword and battle I will abolish from the land, so that all may lie down in safety.
19 I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in[b] righteousness and justice, in[c] love and compassion.
20 I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the LORD.

Hosea 2:16-20 Meaning and Commentary


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.

Cross References 11

  • 1. S Isaiah 54:5
  • 2. Exodus 23:13; Psalms 16:4
  • 3. S Joshua 23:7; Zechariah 13:2
  • 4. S Job 5:22
  • 5. S Psalms 46:9; S Isaiah 2:4; Zechariah 9:10
  • 6. S Job 5:23; S Jeremiah 23:6; Ezekiel 34:25
  • 7. S Isaiah 62:4; 2 Corinthians 11:2
  • 8. S Isaiah 1:27
  • 9. S Isaiah 54:8
  • 10. Jeremiah 31:34; Hosea 4:1; Hosea 6:6; Hosea 13:4
  • 11. S Ezekiel 16:8

Footnotes 3

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