Hosea 3
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Hosea Redeems His Wife
(Zechariah 2:6-13)

1Then the LORD said to me, “Go show love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and offer raisin cakes to idols.”a

2So I bought her for fifteen shekelsb of silver and a homer and a lethek of barley.c 3Then I said to her, “You must live with me for many days; you must not be promiscuous or belong to another, and I will do the same for you.”

4For the Israelites must live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, and without ephod or idol. 5Afterward, the people of Israel will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to His goodness in the last days.

Footnotes:

1 a Literally and love raisin cakes
2 b That is, approximately 6 ounces or 171 grams
2 c That is, a total of approximately 9.4 bushels or 330 liters (probably about 436 pounds or 197.8 kilograms of barley); LXX a homer of barley and a wineskin full of wine

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