For their mother has played the harlot and has conceived them in disgrace. For she thought, 'I will go after my lovers, who give me bread and water, wool and linen, oil and drink.'
Cross ReferencesIsaiah 1:21
See how the faithful city has become a harlot! She once was full of justice; righteousness resided within her, but now only murderers!
Keep your feet from being unshod and your throat from thirst. But you say, 'It is hopeless! I love foreign gods, and I must go after them.'
"If a man divorces his wife and she leaves him to marry another, can he ever return to her? Would not such a land be completely defiled? But you have played the harlot with many lovers--and you would return to Me?" declares the LORD.
"Lift up your eyes to the barren heights and see. Is there any place where you have not been violated? You sat waiting for your lovers beside the highways, like a nomad in the desert. You have defiled the land with your prostitution and wickedness.
Instead, we will do everything we said: We will burn incense to the queen of heaven and offer drink offerings to her, just as we, our fathers, our kings, and our officials did in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. At that time we had plenty of food and good things, and we saw no disaster.
But from the time we stopped burning incense to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been perishing by sword and famine."
When the LORD first spoke to Hosea, He told him, "Go, take a prostitute as your wife and have children of adultery, because this land is flagrantly prostituting itself by departing from the LORD."
Rebuke your mother, rebuke her. For she is not My wife, and I am not her husband. Let her remove the adultery from her face and the unfaithfulness from between her breasts.
For she does not acknowledge that it was I who gave her grain, new wine and oil, who lavished her with silver and gold--which was crafted for Baal.
I will destroy her vines and fig trees, which she thinks are the wages paid by her lovers. So I will make them into a thicket, and the beasts of the field will devour them.
Then 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 cakes of raisin."
You will stumble by day, and the prophet will stumble with you by night. So I will destroy your mother--
Chapter Outline1. The idolatry of the people.
6. God's judgments against them.
14. His promises of reconciliation with them.
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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Hosea 4:5, 12-15
Jeremiah 2:20, 25
Ezekiel 16:15, 16
Ezra 9:6, 7
Jeremiah 2:26, 27
Isaiah 57:7, 8
Ezekiel 23:16, 17, 40-44
Hosea 2:8, 12
Jeremiah 44:17, 18
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