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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Hosea 2:14-23

The state of Israel ruined by their own sin did not look so black and dismal in the former part of the chapter, but that the state of Israel, restrained by the divine grace, looks as bright and pleasant here in the latter part of the chapter, and the more surprisingly so as the promises follow thus close upon the threatenings; nay, which is very strange, they are by a note of connexion joined to, and inferred from, that declaration of their sinfulness upon which the threatenings of their ruin... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Hosea 2:19

And I will betroth thee unto me for ever ,.... Which is taking them into a marriage relation with himself; and is to be understood not of the whole body of God's elect, who were secretly betrothed to in the everlasting covenant from eternity; for is respects what is yet to come; but of the people the Jews, when converted in the latter day, when will be the marriage of the Lamb with them, and with the fullness of the Gentiles then brought in; of which see Revelation 19:7 , who will then... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Hosea 2:19

I will betroth thee unto me - The people are always considered under the emblem of a wife unfaithful to her husband. In righteousness - According to law, reason, and equity. In judgment - According to what is fit and becoming. In lovingkindness - Having the utmost affection and love for thee. In mercies - Forgiving and blotting out all past miscarriages. Or there may be an allusion here to the dowry given by the husband to his wife: "I will give righteousness," etc., as a... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Hosea 2:19

Verse 19 The Prophet here again makes known the manner in which God would receive into favor his people. As though the people had not violated the marriage vow, God promises to be to them like a bridegroom, who marries a virgin, young and pure. We have before spoken of the people’s defection; but as God had repudiated them, it was no common favor for the people to be received again by God, and received with pardon. When a woman returns to her husband, it is a great thing in the husband to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hosea 2:14-20

Israel's restoration. The word "therefore," with which this strophe opens, illustrates the blessed truth that God's thoughts are not our thoughts. The conclusion here is not what the premises would have led us to expect. This "therefore" is of Divine grace, not of hard cold intellect. Although Israel has foully dishonored her heavenly Husband, and must be severely chastised, he will not give her a" bill of divorcement" to put her away. Rather, her miseries shall attract his mercies.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hosea 2:14-23

Sympathy with Israel in spite of their sins. The laken which introduces Hosea 2:14 is rendered by some " notwithstanding, " and this is what we might expect; but it is opposed by linguistic usage. We muse adhere to the ordinary translation, which is "therefore." The word thus translated tends to exalt our idea of God's goodness. Israel had sinned and forgotten God; the "therefore" we would expect, and the inference we would draw is God ' s final and forever abandonment of such a... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hosea 2:18-19

The sublime privileges of the good. "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. And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea,! will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving-kindness, and in mercies." These words present to us a few of the many... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hosea 2:18-23

The new betrothal Jehovah, on his part, signs, as it were, a new marriage contract with Israel. The relation will this time be an enduring one. He will grant to Israel security and peace. He will restore her blessings. He will dower her with fresh gifts. He will increase her fruitfulness. The promises may be legitimately extended to all the Israel of faith. I. SECURITY AND PEACE IN THE NEW RELATION . ( Hosea 2:18 ) 1. The new covenant will be, not merely a covenant of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hosea 2:19-20

Much as was included in these promises, more and better was to follow. The divorced wife was to be taken back; the marriage contract, which her shameful adultery had vitiated, was to be renewed, and past offences condoned. This certainly evidenced extraordinary forbearance and affection. But it was not all. A new and higher relationship was to be entered on; so entirely had God forgiven and forgotten, if we may so say, all the multiplied and aggravated transgressions of Israel against him,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hosea 2:19-20

Divine betrothal. The unfaithfulness of the past is forgotten. The love of the Divine Husband is renewed. A joyous betrothal is the prelude to a hallowed, prolonged, and happy union. I. THE BRIDEGROOM . Jehovah condescends to represent himself as sustaining this relationship. It implies on his part love and attachment, purposes of everlasting kindness, for the marriage cannot be broken, and a provision for all the wants of her whom he takes to himself. II. THE BRIDE . Israel... read more

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