H O S E A.
The strain of this chapter differs from that of
the foregoing chapters. Those were generally made up of reproofs
for sin and threatenings of wrath; but this is made up of
exhortations to repentance and promises of mercy, and with these
the prophet closes; for all the foregoing convictions and terrors
he had spoken were designed to prepare and make way for these. He
wounds that he may heal. The Spirit convinces that he may comfort.
This chapter is a lesson for penitents; and some such there were in
Israel at this day, bad as things were. We have here, I. Directions
in repenting, what to do and what to say, ver. 1-3. II. Encouragements to repent taken
from God's readiness to receive returning sinners (ver. 4, 8) and the comforts he has
treasured up for them, ver.
5-7. III. A solemn recommendation of these things to our
serious thoughts, ver.