H O S E A.
God is still by the prophet inculcating the same
thing upon this careless people, and much in the same manner as
before, by a type or sign, that of the dealings of a husband with
an adulterous wife. In this chapter we have, I. The bad character
which the people of Israel now had; they were, as is said of the
Athenians (Acts xvii. 16),
"wholly given to idolatry," ver.
1. II. The low condition which they should be reduced to
by their captivity, and the other instances of God's controversy
with them, ver. 2-4. III.
The blessed reformation that should at length be wrought upon them
in the latter days, ver.