Cruelty and Violence
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(3:1-2) God tells Hosea to love an adulteress. (I thought he already did that in chapter 1.) In
any case, Hosea buys (another?) one for a homer and a half of barley.
(3:1) "Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress."
Is it wrong to commit adultery?
(3:2) "So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley."
Then said the LORD unto
me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress,
according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to
other gods, and love flagons of wine.
So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half
homer of barley:
And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not
play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be
For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and
without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without
an ephod, and without teraphim:||
Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their
God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the
(3:5) "Fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days."|
Should we fear God?
Why would anyone fear goodness?
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- The Bible's War on Marriage