Hosea 3

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1 Yahweh said to me, "Go again, love a woman loved by another, and an adulteress, even as Yahweh loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods, and love cakes of raisins."

2 So I bought her for myself for fifteen pieces of silver and a homer and a half of barley.

3 I said to her, "You shall stay with me many days. You shall not play the prostitute, and you shall not be with any other man. I will also be so toward you."

4 For the children of Israel shall live many days without king, and without prince, and without sacrifice, and without sacred stone, and without ephod or idols.

5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return, and seek Yahweh their God, and David their king, and shall come with trembling to Yahweh and to his blessings in the last 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 Christian Religion 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References from Swedenborg's unpublished works: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:


Hop to Similar Bible Verses

Exodus 28:6

Judges 8:27, 17:5

Isaiah 60:5

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

Lamentations 2:9

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

Daniel 10:14

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

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fifteen
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