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Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Hosea 2:19

And I will betroth her unto Me forever - God does not say here, “I will forgive her;” “I will restore her;” “I will receive her back again;” “I will again shew her love and tenderness.” Much as these would have been, He says here much more. He so blots out, forgets, abolishes all memory of the past, that He speaks only of the future, of the new betrothal, as if it were the first espousal of a virgin. Hereafter God would make her wholly His, and become wholly her’s, by an union nearer and closer... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Hosea 2:19-20

Hosea 2:19-20. I will betroth thee unto me for ever I will treat thee, who hast been a harlot, like a wife, if hereafter thou become faithful to me. Yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, &c. Bishop Horsley translates these verses thus: To myself I say, I will betroth thee with justice, and with righteousness, and with exuberant kindness and with tender love. With faithfulness to myself, I say, I will betroth thee, and thou shalt know the Jehovah. The passage, it... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Hosea 2:2-23

Unfaithful Israel (2:2-23)In Chapter 2 Hosea’s sons are apparently now grown up and Hosea asks them to plead with their mother to return to him. In the same way the minority of faithful believers in Israel plead with the faithless nation to return to God (2).Israel’s adultery was to follow Baal instead of Yahweh. The people believed that Baal was the god of nature and he would give them happiness. Just as a husband could strip his unfaithful wife and send her away naked, so God will, by drought... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Hosea 2:19

I will betroth, &c. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 22:16 . Deuteronomy 20:7 ; Deuteronomy 22:23 , Deuteronomy 22:25 , Deuteronomy 22:27 , Deuteronomy 22:28 ; Deuteronomy 28:30 ). App-92 . Elsewhere only in 2 Samuel 3:14 ("espouse"). Notice the thrice-repeated word here, and in verses: Hosea 2:19 , Hosea 2:20 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Hosea 2:19

"And I will betroth thee to me forever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in justice, and in loving-kindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness; and thou shalt know Jehovah."The triple betrothal here signals a marriage, not a remarriage to the apostate whore, but to a people of God who will exhibit the five Christian virtues of this passage: (1) righteousness; (2) justice; (3) loving-kindness; (4) mercies; and (5) faithfulness. As Hailey... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Hosea 2:19

19, 20. "Betroth" is thrice repeated, implying the intense love of God to His people; and perhaps, also, the three Persons of the Triune God, severally engaging to make good the betrothal. The marriage covenant will be as it were renewed from the beginning, on a different footing; not for a time only, as before, through the apostasy of the people, but "forever" through the grace of God writing the law on their hearts by the Spirit of Messiah ( :-). righteousness . . . judgment—in rectitude and... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Hosea 2:14-20

1. Renewed love and restored marriage 2:14-20The emphasis in this message is on the fact that God would renew His love for Israel and would restore their "marriage" relationship. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Hosea 2:19-20

It would be as though Yahweh and Israel began life anew as husband and wife. [Note: Cf. Kidner, p. 34.] They would return to the courtship days and start again as an engaged couple. In the ancient Near East a man paid a price to seal the agreement when he became engaged (cf. 2 Samuel 3:14), and people regarded the couple as good as married in the eyes of the law. What the Lord vowed to give Israel to seal this nuptial agreement was righteousness (what was right), justice (fair treatment), loyal... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Hosea 2:2-23

The Discipline and Restoration of Faithless IsraelThe unfaithful conduct of Gomer and the prophet’s gentle treatment of her are regarded as an analogue of the nation’s faithlessness and God’s gentle correction, a proof of the love which will triumph in the end. But the acted parable and its interpretation are so blended that they cannot always be separated; and frequently the prophet’s personal experience is overshadowed by the larger thought of God’s dealings with His people.2. Plead]... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Hosea 2:19-20

(19, 20) Then Jehovah, turning again to the wife of His youth, says to her, “I will betroth thee” (as at the first, when maiden undefiled). Three times is this phrase repeated. “Righteousness” and “judgment” indicate the equitable terms on which God would accept the penitent; and lest this thought should crush her with fear, “lovingkindness” and “tender mercies” follow; and lest this should seem too good, He adds “with faithfulness” (to myself).I will betroth thee.—It is in the betrothal of... read more

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