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Hosea 3
New Living Translation

Hosea’s Wife Is Redeemed

3Then the Lord said to me, “Go and love your wife again, even though she[1] commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the Lord still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them[2].”

2So I bought her back for fifteen pieces of silver[3] and five bushels of barley and a measure of wine[4].

3Then I said to her, “You must live in my house for many days and stop your prostitution. During this time, you will not have sexual relations with anyone, not even with me[5].”

4This shows that Israel will go a long time without a king or prince, and without sacrifices, sacred pillars, priests[6], or even idols!

5But afterward the people will return and devote themselves to the Lord their God and to David’s descendant, their king[7]. In the last days, they will tremble in awe of the Lord and of his goodness.



[1] Hosea 3:1Or Go and love a woman who.
[2] Hosea 3:1Hebrew love their raisin cakes.
[3] Hosea 3:2Hebrew 15 shekels of silver, about 6 ounces or 171 grams in weight.
[4] Hosea 3:2As in Greek version, which reads a homer of barley and a measure of wine; Hebrew reads a homer [5 bushels or 182 liters] of barley and a lethech [2.5 bushels or 91 liters] of barley.
[5] Hosea 3:3Or and I will live with you.
[6] Hosea 3:4Hebrew ephod, the vest worn by the priest.
[7] Hosea 3:5Hebrew to David their king.



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