By the expiation of an adulteress,
Hosea 3:1 And the LORD said unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of [her] friend and an adulteress, even as the LORD loveth the children of Israel, though they turn unto other gods, and love cakes of raisins. Hosea 3:2 So I bought her to me for fifteen [pieces] of silver, and an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley: Hosea 3:3 and I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be any man's wife: so will I also be toward thee.
is shewed the desolation of Israel before their restoration.
Hosea 3:4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king, and without prince, and without sacrifice, and without pillar, and without ephod or teraphim. Hosea 3:5 afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall come with fear unto the LORD and to his goodness in the latter days.