By the expiation of an adulteress,
Hosea 3:1 Then said the LORD vnto me, Goe yet, loue a woman (beloued of [her] friend, yet an adulteresse) according to the loue of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who looke to other gods, and loue flagons of wine. Hosea 3:2 So I bought her to me for fifteene [pieces] of siluer, and for an homer of barley and an halfe [homer] of barley. Hosea 3:3 And I said vnto her, Thou shalt abide for me many dayes, thou shalt not play the harlot, & thou shalt not be for [an other] man, so [will] I also [be] for thee.
is shewed the desolation of Israel before their restoration.
Hosea 3:4 For the children of Israel shall abide many dayes without a King, and without a Prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an Ephod, and [without] Teraphim. Hosea 3:5 Afterward shall the children of Israel returne, and seeke the LORD their God, and Dauid their King, and shall feare the LORD, and his goodnesse in the latter dayes.