H O S E A.
The closing words of the foregoing chapter gave us
some hopes that God and his Israel, notwithstanding their sins and
his wrath, might yet be happily brought together again, that they
would seek him and he would be found of them; now this chapter
carries that matter further, and some join the beginning of this
chapter with the end of that, "They will seek me early," saying,
"Come and let us return." But God doth again complain of the
wickedness of this people; for, though some did repent and reform,
the greater part continued obstinate. Observe, I. Their resolution
to return to God, and the comforts wherewith they encourage
themselves in their return, ver.
1-3. II. The instability of many of them in their
professions and promises of repentance, and the severe course which
God therefore took with them, ver. 4,
5. III. The covenant God made with them, and his
expectations from them (ver.
6); their violation of that covenant and frustrating
those expectations, ver.