Hosea 2:16
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New International Version
"In that day," declares the LORD, "you will call me 'my husband'; you will no longer call me 'my master.'

New Living Translation
When that day comes," says the LORD, "you will call me 'my husband' instead of 'my master.'

English Standard Version
“And in that day, declares the LORD, you will call me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal.’

New American Standard Bible
"It will come about in that day," declares the LORD, "That you will call Me Ishi And will no longer call Me Baali.

King James Bible
And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In that day-- this is the LORD's declaration-- you will call Me, "My husband," and no longer call Me, "My Baal."

International Standard Version
"It will come about at that time," declares the LORD, "that you will address me as 'My husband,' and you will no longer call me 'My master'.

NET Bible
"At that time," declares the LORD, "you will call, 'My husband'; you will never again call me, 'My master.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"On that day she will call me her husband," declares the LORD. "She will no longer call me her master.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it shall be in that time, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me My Husband, and shalt no longer call me Baali.

King James 2000 Bible
And it shall be at that day, says the LORD, that you shall call me Ishi; and shall call me no more Baali.

American King James Version
And it shall be at that day, said the LORD, that you shall call me Ishi; and shall call me no more Baali.

American Standard Version
And it shall be at that day, saith Jehovah, that thou shalt call me Ishi, and shalt call me no more Baali.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it shall be in that day, saith the Lord, That she shall call me : My husband, and she shall call me no more Baali.

Darby Bible Translation
And it shall be in that day, saith Jehovah, [that] thou shalt call me, My husband, and shalt call me no more, Baali;

English Revised Version
And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.

World English Bible
It will be in that day," says Yahweh, "that you will call me 'my husband,' and no longer call me 'my master.'

Young's Literal Translation
And it hath come to pass, in that day, An affirmation of Jehovah, Thou dost call Me -- My husband, And dost not call Me any more -- My lord.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:14-23 After these judgments the Lord would deal with Israel more gently. By the promise of rest in Christ we are invited to take his yoke upon us; and the work of conversion may be forwarded by comforts as well as by convictions. But usually the Lord drives us to despair of earthly joy, and help from ourselves, that, being shut from every other door, we may knock at Mercy's gate. From that time Israel would be more truly attached to the Lord; no longer calling him Baali, or My lord and master, alluding to authority, rather than love, but Ishi, an address of affection. This may foretell the restoration from the Babylonish captivity; and also be applied to the conversion of the Jews to Christ, in the days of the apostles, and the future general conversion of that nation; and believers are enabled to expect infinitely more tenderness and kindness from their holy God, than a beloved wife can expect from the kindest husband. When the people were weaned from idols, and loved the Lord, no creature should do them any harm. This may be understood of the blessings and privileges of the spiritual Israel, of every true believer, and their partaking of Christ's righteousness; also, of the conversion of the Jews to Christ. Here is an argument for us to walk so that God may not be dishonoured by us: Thou art my people. If a man's family walk disorderly, it is a dishonour to the master. If God call us children, we may say, Thou art our God. Unbelieving soul, lay aside discouraging thoughts; do not thus answer God's loving-kindness. Doth God say, Thou art my people? Say, Lord, thou art our God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 16, 17. - In these verses a renewal of God's covenant with Israel, under the figure of a marriage contract, is predicted. The name by which Israel shall address her beloved shall be henceforth Ishi, not Baali; that is, a term of tender affection, not of stern authority.

(1) The title of "My Husband" will take the place of "My Lord." Some suppose that the latter title was the idol's name, which, in the lips of Israel, had superseded that of the true God, the meaning being

(2) "Thou wilt no more call to me, My Baal." Nay, the names of Baals shall become so abhorrent to their better feelings, as well as hateful to Jehovah, that they shall pass away at once from their mouth and from their memory, never more to be mentioned and never more to be remembered. Rashi's comment favors

(1); thus: "Ye shall serve me out of love, and not out of fear; ishi denoting marriage and youthful love; baali, lordship and fear."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And it shall be at that day, saith the Lord,.... The Gospel day, the times of the Gospel dispensation, the latter part of them; at the time of the conversion of the Jews, and the bringing in of the fulness of the Gentiles; at the time when God will allure and persuade them to seek the Messiah, and they shall turn to him; when he shall speak comfortably to them, and give them a door of hope, and all spiritual blessings, and cause them to sing as when they came out of Egypt:

that thou shalt call me Ishi; or, "my husband" (x); returning to Christ their first husband, and being received by him, shall have faith and interest in him, and full assurance of it; and shall not only be allowed to call him their husband, but in the strength of faith, and with great freedom of soul, shall call him so, and say as the church did, "my beloved is mine, and I am his", Sol 20:16, or, "my man" (y); the man the Lord, the man Jehovah's fellow, Immanuel God with us, God in human nature; and so more manifestly points at Christ, who, most properly speaking, stands in the relation of a husband to his people: or, "my strength", as some interpret it; the husband being the strength, protection, and defence of the wife, the weaker vessel; so Christ is the strength of his saints, in whom they have righteousness and strength, and through whose strength they can do all things:

and shalt call me no more Baali; which signifies my husband too, and is used of God and Christ; he is called Baal, and the church is called Beulah, because married together, Isaiah 45:5 but it signifies a lordly and imperious husband; and the other word, "Ishi", a loving one: so Jarchi observes that the sense is, that they should serve the Lord from love, and not fear; "Ishi" being a word expressive of marriage and love, and "Baali" of lordship and fear: hence some have thought this to be the reason why the one should be used, and the other not, under the Gospel dispensation; because saints now have not the spirit of bondage to fear, but the spirit of adoption, whereby they call God their Father, and Christ their husband: though rather the reason is, because the word "Baal", as R. Marinns observes, is of doubtful signification, an ambiguous word, used for the idol Baal, as well as signifies lord and husband; and therefore to be laid aside, lest, when they mentioned it, it should be thought they spoke of Baal, and not of the Lord; or should be led to think of that idol, and remember him.

(x) "maritus meus", Vatablus, Pagninus, Montanus, "marite mi", Schmidt. (y) "Vir meus", V. L. "mi vir", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Liveleus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. Ishi … no more Baali—"my Husband … no more my Lord." Affection is the prominent idea in "Husband"; rule, in "Lord." The chief reason for the substitution of Husband for Lord appears in Ho 2:17; namely, Baali, the Hebrew for my Lord, had been perverted to express the images of Baal, whose name ought not to be taken on their lips (Ex 23:13; Zec 13:2).

Hosea 2:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Mercy to Israel
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.…
Cross References
Isaiah 54:5
For your Maker is your husband-- the LORD Almighty is his name-- the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.

Hosea 2:7
She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say, 'I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off than now.'
Treasury of Scripture

And it shall be at that day, said the LORD, that you shall call me Ishi; and shall call me no more Baali.

Ishi. that is, My husband.

Hosea 2:7 And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake …

Isaiah 54:5 For your Maker is your husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and …

Jeremiah 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, said the LORD; for I am married to …

John 3:29 He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, …

2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused …

Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, …

Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage …

Baali. that is, My lord.

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