Hosea 2:16-20

16 "It will come about in that day," declares the LORD, "That you will call Me 1Ishi And will no longer call Me Baali.
17 "For 2I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, So that they will be mentioned by their names no more.
18 "In that day I will also make a covenant for them With the 3beasts of the field, The birds of the sky And the creeping things of the ground. And I will 4abolish the bow, the sword and war from the land, And will make them 5lie down in safety.
19 "I will 6betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in 7righteousness and in justice, In lovingkindness and in compassion,
20 And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will 8know the LORD.

Hosea 2:16-20 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 2:16-20 In-Context

14 "Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Bring her into the wilderness And speak kindly to her.
15 "Then I will give her her vineyards from there, And the valley of Achor as a door of hope. And she will sing there as in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
16 "It will come about in that day," declares the LORD , "That you will call Me Ishi And will no longer call Me Baali.
17 "For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, So that they will be mentioned by their names no more.
18 "In that day I will also make a covenant for them With the beasts of the field, The birds of the sky And the creeping things of the ground. And I will abolish the bow, the sword and war from the land, And will make them lie down in safety.
19 "I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, In lovingkindness and in compassion,
20 And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the LORD .
21 "It will come about in that day that I will respond," declares the LORD . "I will respond to the heavens, and they will respond to the earth,
22 And the earth will respond to the grain, to the new wine and to the oil, And they will respond to Jezreel.

Cross References 8

  • 1. Isaiah 54:5; Hosea 2:7
  • 2. Exodus 23:13; Joshua 23:7; Psalms 16:4
  • 3. Job 5:23; Isaiah 11:6-9; Ezekiel 34:25
  • 4. Isaiah 2:4; Ezekiel 39:1-10
  • 5. Leviticus 26:5; Jeremiah 23:6; Ezekiel 34:25
  • 6. Isaiah 62:4, 5
  • 7. Isaiah 1:27; Isaiah 54:6-8
  • 8. Jeremiah 31:33, 34; Hosea 6:6; Hosea 13:4

Footnotes 4

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