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Introduction to Hosea Chapter 3

In this chapter is an order to the prophet to love an adulterous woman beloved of her friend, and by this parable to express the love of God to Israel, and their ingratitude to him, Hosea 3:1, the prophet's execution of that order, making a purchase of her, and a covenant with her, which set forth the captive, servile, mean, and abject state of that people, Hosea 3:2, which is explained of their being deprived for a long time of civil and ecclesiastic government, Hosea 3:4, and the chapter is concluded with a prophecy and promise of their conversion to Christ in the latter day, Hosea 3:5.