Hosea 2:19
New International Version
I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.

New Living Translation
I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion.

English Standard Version
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.

Berean Study Bible
So I will betroth you to Me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in loving devotion and compassion.

New American Standard Bible
"I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, In lovingkindness and in compassion,

King James Bible
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.

Christian Standard Bible
I will take you to be my wife forever. I will take you to be my wife in righteousness, justice, love, and compassion.

Contemporary English Version
I will accept you as my wife forever, and instead of a bride price I will give you justice, fairness, love, kindness,

Good News Translation
Israel, I will make you my wife; I will be true and faithful; I will show you constant love and mercy and make you mine forever.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will take you to be My wife forever. I will take you to be My wife in righteousness, justice, love, and compassion.

International Standard Version
I will make you my wife forever— I will make you my wife in a way that is righteous, in a manner that is just, by a love that is gracious, and by a motive that is mercy.

NET Bible
I will commit myself to you forever; I will commit myself to you in righteousness and justice, in steadfast love and tender compassion.

New Heart English Bible
I will betroth you to me forever. Yes, I will betroth you to me in righteousness, in justice, in loving kindness, and in compassion.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Israel, I will make you my wife forever. I will be honest and faithful to you. I will show you my love and compassion.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I will betroth thee unto Me for ever; Yea, I will betroth thee unto Me in righteousness, and in justice, And in lovingkindness, and in compassion.

New American Standard 1977
“And I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, In lovingkindness and in compassion,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness and in judgment and in mercy.

King James 2000 Bible
And I will betroth you unto me forever; yea, I will betroth you unto me in righteousness, and in justice, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.

American King James Version
And I will betroth you to me for ever; yes, I will betroth you to me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving kindness, and in mercies.

American Standard Version
And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in justice, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I will espouse thee to me for ever: and I will espouse thee to me in justice, and judgment, and in mercy, and in commiserations.

Darby Bible Translation
And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; and I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving-kindness, and in mercies;

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I will betroth thee to me for ever; yes, I will betroth thee to me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving-kindness, and in mercies.

World English Bible
I will betroth you to me forever. Yes, I will betroth you to me in righteousness, in justice, in loving kindness, and in compassion.

Young's Literal Translation
And I have betrothed thee to Me to the age, And betrothed thee to Me in righteousness, And in judgment, and kindness, and mercies,
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God's Mercy to Israel
18On that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the creatures that crawl on the ground. And I will abolish bow and sword and weapons of war in the land, and will make them lie down in safety. 19So I will betroth you to Me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in loving devotion and compassion. 20And I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will know the LORD.”…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 11:2
I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. For I promised you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.

Isaiah 1:27
Zion will be redeemed with justice, her repentant ones with righteousness.

Isaiah 54:5
For your husband is your Maker--the LORD of Hosts is His name--the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; He is called the God of all the earth.

Isaiah 54:6
For the LORD has called you back, like a wife deserted and wounded in spirit, the wife of one's youth when she is rejected," says your God.

Isaiah 62:4
No longer will you be called Forsaken, nor your land named Desolate; but you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be His bride.

Isaiah 62:5
For as a young man marries a young woman, so your sons will marry you; and as a groom rejoices over his bride, so your God will rejoice over you.

Jeremiah 3:14
"Return, O faithless children," declares the LORD, "for I am your master, and I will take you--one from a city and two from a family--and bring you to Zion.

Jeremiah 32:41
Yes, I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and soul.

Ezekiel 16:8
Then I passed by you and saw you, and you were indeed old enough for love. So I spread My cloak over you and covered your nakedness. I pledged Myself to you, entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine, declares the Lord GOD.

Treasury of Scripture

And I will betroth you to me for ever; yes, I will betroth you to me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving kindness, and in mercies.

And I will.

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

Isaiah 62:3-5 You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a …

Jeremiah 3:14,15 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, …

Romans 7:4 Why, my brothers, you also are become dead to the law by the body …

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 19:7-9 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage …

Revelation 21:2,9,10 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God …

for.

Isaiah 54:8-10 In a little wrath I hid my face from you for a moment; but with everlasting …

Jeremiah 31:31-36 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will make a new covenant …

Jeremiah 32:38-41 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God…

Ezekiel 37:25-28 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob my servant, …

Ezekiel 39:29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured …

Joel 3:20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

in righteousness.

Psalm 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed …

Isaiah 45:23-25 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, …

Isaiah 54:14 In righteousness shall you be established: you shall be far from …

Jeremiah 4:2 And you shall swear, The LORD lives, in truth, in judgment, and in …

Romans 3:25-26 Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood…

Ephesians 1:7,8 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of …

Ephesians 5:23-27 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head …







Lexicon
So I will betroth you
וְאֵרַשְׂתִּ֥יךְ (wə·’ê·raś·tîḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 781: To engage for, matrimony

to Me
לִ֖י (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew

forever;
לְעוֹלָ֑ם (lə·‘ō·w·lām)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5769: Concealed, eternity, frequentatively, always

I will betroth you
וְאֵרַשְׂתִּ֥יךְ (wə·’ê·raś·tîḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 781: To engage for, matrimony

in righteousness
בְּצֶ֣דֶק (bə·ṣe·ḏeq)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6664: The right, equity, prosperity

and justice,
וּבְמִשְׁפָּ֔ט (ū·ḇə·miš·pāṭ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style

in loving devotion
וּבְחֶ֖סֶד (ū·ḇə·ḥe·seḏ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2617: Kindness, piety, reproof, beauty

and compassion.
וּֽבְרַחֲמִֽים׃ (ū·ḇə·ra·ḥă·mîm)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7356: Compassion, the womb, a maiden
(19, 20) Then Jehovah, turning again to the wife of His youth, says to her, "I will betroth thee" (as at the first, when maiden undefiled). Three times is this phrase repeated. "Righteousness" and "judgment" indicate the equitable terms on which God would accept the penitent; and lest this thought should crush her with fear, "lovingkindness" and "tender mercies" follow; and lest this should seem too good, He adds "with faithfulness" (to myself).

I will betroth thee.--It is in the betrothal of humanity to God in Christ's incarnation that the human race, which had so deeply revolted, returns to Him, and knows the Lord.

Verses 19, 20. - Much as was included in these promises, more and better was to follow. The divorced wife was to be taken back; the marriage contract, which her shameful adultery had vitiated, was to be renewed, and past offences condoned. This certainly evidenced extraordinary forbearance and affection. But it was not all. A new and higher relationship was to be entered on; so entirely had God forgiven and forgotten, if we may so say, all the multiplied and aggravated transgressions of Israel against him, that that people is not to be received back as a repudiated wife, but to be henceforth regarded and treated as a chaste virgin, and in that capacity betrothed unto the Lord. And I will betroth thee unto me is the gracious promise thrice repeated, and each time with an additional element of mercy; nor is this betrothal of a temporary character and of short continuance, like the previous marriage compact which the wife's guilt a short time had rendered null and void. It is a durable betrothal, lasting forever. Next to the time during which this betrothal shall continue is the manner in which it is effected, or rather, the basis on which it is established. Justice and judgment present righteousness under two aspects - subjective and objective. Tsedeq, equivalent to tseda-qah, being right, is subjective righteousness and an attribute of God. Mishpat, equivalent to objective right, either as executing judgment or as existing in fact Some attribute these characteristics to God and some to Israel, while others to both. Rashi and Kimchi understand both words tsedeq and mishpat, subjectively and in relation to the Israelites. The former: "In righteousness and judgment wherein ye shall walk;" the latter: "In righteousness which the Israelites shall practice." Wunsche and Hengstenberg understand the righteousness and judgment of God's doing justice and faithfully fulfilling his covenant obligations to Israel. The latter has well remarked in relation to mishpat when distinguishing it from tsedeq, that a man may render what is right to persons and yet not be righteous; that is, there may be objective apart from subjective righteousness. Keil attributes the attributes in question, not only to God fulfilling his covenant engagements to his people, but purifying them through just judgment, and thus providing for their righteousness. That God possesses these is undeniable, but it is equally obvious that he bestows righteousness on his people both by imputation and impartation; he also executes righteousness in their case, purifying them by salutary chastisement, his object being, not only to cleanse, but to keep clean. And yet such is the frailty of man's fallen nature, and so many are the faults and the failings to which he is liable, that loving-kindness (God's condescending love, chesed, equivalent to ἀγάπη) and mercies (inmost compassion on man's weakness, rachamim, σπάχγνα) on God's part must be added to righteousness and judgment in order to secure the stability of those whom he takes into covenant, and the continuance of the contract. Nay; for the attainment of the desired end still more is requisite, for, after all his bestowments and all his discipline, and in addition to all his favor and forbearance, his faithfulness (unwavering steadfastness, emunah, corresponding as the reverse side to and securing the leolam) is indispensable to Israel's perseverance; and thus, notwithstanding Israel's failures, Jehovah's faithfulness guarantees ultimate and lasting success. The special quality on Israel's side is true knowledge of God. 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.
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