H O S E A.
The mind of God is revealed to this prophet, and
by him to the people, in the first three chapters, by signs and
types, but afterwards only by discourse. In this chapter we have,
I. The general title of the whole book, ver. 1. II. Some particular instructions which
he was ordered to give to the people of God. 1. He must convince
them of their sin in going a whoring from God, by marrying a wife
of whoredoms, ver. 2, 3. 2.
He must foretel the ruin coming upon them for their sin, in the
names of his sons, which signified God's disowning and abandoning
them, ver. 4-6, 8, 9.
3. He must speak comfortable to the kingdom of Judah, which still
retained the pure worship of God, and assure them of the salvation
of the Lord, ver. 7. 4. He
must give an intimation of the great mercy God had in store both
for Israel and Judah, in the latter days (ver. 10, 11), for in this prophecy many
precious promises of mercy are mixed with the threatenings of