Hosea 3

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English: Webster's Bible         

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1 Then said the LORD to me, Go yet, love a woman beloved by her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD towards the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.

2 So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for a homer of barley, and a half homer of barley:

3 And I said to 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 thee.

4 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:

5 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 latter days.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Sacred Scripture 79

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 186


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 1888, 4111, 4162, 5044, 7051, 8468, 9824, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 20, 134, 315, 649, 704

The Lord 4, 15, 43

Sacred Scripture 16

True Christianity 130, 247


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 19, 31, 205, 374, 433

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 58

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 54

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:


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Exodus 28:6

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Jeremiah 3:22, 30:9, 50:4

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Ezekiel 19:14, 21:31, 37:24

Daniel 10:14

Hosea 1:2, 5:15, 6:1, 10:3

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