(a) In this the Prophet represents the person of God, who loved his Church before he called her, and did not withdraw his love when she gave herself to idols.
(b) That is, gave themselves wholly to pleasure, and could not stop, as those that are given to drunkenness.
(c) Yet I loved her and paid a small portion for her, lest she would have perceived the greatness of my love, and abused me, and not been under duty: for fifteen pieces of silver was but half the price of a slave; (Exodus 21:32).
(d) I will try you a long time as in your widowhood, whether you will be mine or not.
(e) Meaning not only all the time of their captivity, but also until Christ.
(f) That is, they would neither have administration nor religion, and their idols also in which they put their confidence, would be destroyed.
(g) This is meant of Christ's kingdom, which was promised to David to be eternal; (Psalm 72:17).
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Hosea 3". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/
Second Sunday after Epiphany