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Hosea Chapter 3 - New International Version

1. The LORD said to me, "Go, show your 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 love the sacred raisin cakes."

2. So I bought her for fifteen shekels [2] of silver and about a homer and a lethek [1] of barley.

3. Then I told her, "You are to live with [4] me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will live with [3] you."

4. For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or idol.

5. Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days.

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Footnotes
  • 1: That is, about 6 ounces (about 170 grams)
  • 2: That is, probably about 10 bushels (about 330 liters)
  • 3: Or wait for
  • 4: Or wait for

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