Hosea 2:19-20

19 I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in[a] righteousness and justice, in[b] love and compassion.
20 I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the LORD.

Hosea 2:19 in Other Translations

KJV
19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
ESV
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.
NLT
19 I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion.
MSG
19 And then I'll marry you for good - forever! I'll marry you true and proper, in love and tenderness.
CSB
19 I will take you to be My wife forever. I will take you to be My wife in righteousness, justice, love, and compassion.

Hosea 2:19-20 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 2:19-20 In-Context

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 righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.
20 I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the LORD.
21 “In that day I will respond,” declares the LORD— “I will respond to the skies, and they will respond to the earth;
22 and the earth will respond to the grain, the new wine and the olive oil, and they will respond to Jezreel.

Cross References 5

  • 1. S Isaiah 62:4; 2 Corinthians 11:2
  • 2. S Isaiah 1:27
  • 3. S Isaiah 54:8
  • 4. Jeremiah 31:34; Hosea 4:1; Hosea 6:6; Hosea 13:4
  • 5. S Ezekiel 16:8

Footnotes 2

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