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Hosea 3

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 1 Then the LORD said to me, "Go again, love the woman who is beloved of her husband and is an adulteress, like the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes [of pagan idol worship]."

 2 So I bought her [from slavery] for fifteen pieces of silver and fifteen bushels of barley.

 3 And I said to her, "You shall wait for me many days; you shall not play the harlot and you shall not belong to another man. So I will also be toward you."

 4 For the children of Israel shall wait many days without a king or a prince, and without a sacrifice and without a sacred pillar [idol], and without an ephod [garment covering the chest and back] or teraphim [household idol].

 5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God and David [Jesus, the permanent king on the throne of David] their king; and shall come trembling to the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.


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