H O S E A.
The scope of this chapter seems to be much the
same with that of the foregoing chapter, and to point at the same
events, and the causes of them. As there, so here, I. God, by the
prophet, discovers sin to them, and charges it home upon them, the
sin of their idolatry, their spiritual whoredom, their serving
idols and forgetting God and their obligations to him, ver. 1, 2, 5, 8. II. He threatens
to take away from them that plenty of all good things with which
they had served their idols, and to abandon them to ruin without
remedy, ver. 3, 4, 6, 7,
9-13. III. Yet he promises at last to return in ways of
mercy to them for his own sake (ver.
14), to restore them to their former plenty (ver. 15), to cure them of their
inclination to idolatry (ver. 16,
17), to renew his covenant with them (ver. 18-20), and to bless them with all
good things, ver.