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2:1 Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi; and to your sisters, Ruhamah.
2:2 Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts; 2:3 Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst.
2:4 And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they be the children of whoredoms.
2:5 For their mother hath played the harlot: she that conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink.
2:6 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.
2:7 And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.
2:8 For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.
2:9 Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness.
2:10 And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand.
2:11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.
2:12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.
2:13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.
2:14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.
2:15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
2:16 And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.
2:17 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.
2:18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.
2:19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
2:20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.
2:21 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth; 2:22 And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel.
2:23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.

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Everything King James Bible:Hosea
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Hosea
Chapter: 2

The Idolatry of the people. (1-5) God's judgments against
them. (6-13) His promises of reconciliation. (14-23)

1-5 This Chapter continues the figurative address to Israel, in
reference to Hosea's Wife and children. Let us own and Love as
brethren, all whom the Lord seems to Put among his children, and
encourage them in that they have received Mercy. But every
Christian, By his Example and conduct, must protest against evil
and abuses, even among those to whom he belongs and owes
respect. Impenitent sinners will soon be stripped of the
advantages they misuse, and which they consume upon their lusts.

6-13 God threatens what he would do with this treacherous,
idolatrous people. They did not turn, therefore all this came
upon them; and it is written for admonition to us. If lesser
difficulties be got over, God will raise greater. The most
resolute in sinful pursuits, are commonly most crossed in them.
The way of God and duty is often hedged about with thorns, but
we have reason to think it is a sinful way that is hedged up
with thorns. Crosses and obstacles in an evil course are great
blessings, and are to be So accounted; they are God's hedges, to
keep us from transgressing, to make the way of Sin difficult,
and to keep us from it. We have reason to Bless God for
restraining Grace, and for restraining providences; and even for
sore pain, sickness, or calamity, if it keeps us from Sin. The
disappointments we meet with in seeking for satisfaction from
the Creature, should, if nothing else will do it, drive us to
the Creator. When men forget, or consider not that their
comforts come from God, he will often in Mercy take them away,
to bring them to think upon their folly and danger. Sin and
mirth can never Hold long together; but if men will not take
away Sin from their mirth, God will take away mirth from their
Sin. And if men destroy God's Word and ordinances, it is just
with him to destroy their vines and Fig-trees. This shall be the
ruin of their mirth. Taking away the solemn Seasons and the
sabbaths will not do it, they will readily part with them, and
think it No loss; but He will take away their sensual pleasures.
Days of sinful mirth must be visited with days of mourning.

14-23 After these judgments the Lord would Deal with Israel
more gently. By the promise of Rest in Christ we are invited to
take his Yoke upon us; and the work of Conversion may be
forwarded By comforts as Well as By convictions. But usually the
Lord drives us to despair of earthly joy, and help from
ourselves, that, being shut from every other door, we may Knock
at Mercy's Gate. From that time Israel would be more truly
attached to the Lord; No longer Calling him Baali, or "My Lord
and master," alluding to authority, rather than Love, but Ishi,
an address of Affection. This may foretell the restoration from
the Babylonish Captivity; and also be applied to the Conversion
of the Jews to Christ, in the days of the apostles, and the
future general Conversion of that nation; and believers are
enabled to expect infinitely more tenderness and kindness from
their holy God, than a beloved Wife can expect from the kindest
Husband. When the people were weaned from idols, and loved the
Lord, No Creature should do them any harm. This may be
understood of the blessings and privileges of the spiritual
Israel, of every true believer, and their partaking of Christ's
Righteousness; also, of the Conversion of the Jews to Christ.
Here is an argument for us to walk So that God may not be
dishonoured By us: Thou art my people. If a Man's family walk
disorderly, it is a dishonour to the master. If God Call us
children, we may say, Thou art our God. Unbelieving soul, lay
aside discouraging thoughts; do not thus answer God's
loving-kindness. Doth God say, Thou art my people? Say, Lord,
thou art our God.

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