Pristine Grace

Hos 2:1-13, (MKJV)
1  Say to your brothers, A People; and to your sisters, Mercy.
2  Contend! Contend with your mother, for she is not my wife, nor am I her husband. Let her therefore put away her fornications out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts,
3  lest I strip her naked and set her out as in the day that she was born; and lest I make her as the wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst.
4  And I will not have mercy on her sons, for they are the sons of adulteries.
5  For their mother has prostituted herself . She who conceived them has done shamefully. For she said, I will go after my lovers who give my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.
6  Therefore behold, I will hedge your way with thorns, and wall up her wall, that she shall not find her paths.
7  And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them. She shall seek them, but shall not find them . Then she shall say, I will go and return to my first husband, for then it was better with me than now.
8  For she did not know that I gave her grain, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.
9  So I will return and take away My grain in its time, and my wine in its season, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness.
10  And now I will uncover her shamefulness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of my hand.
11  I will also cause all her joy to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her appointed feasts.
12  And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, of which she has said, They are my rewards that my lovers have given me. And I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.
13  And I will visit on her the days of the Baals, in which she burned incense to them, and she adorned herself with her nose-rings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers and forgot Me, says the LORD.

John Gill Commentary

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