Hosea looks for an adulteress (Hos 3:1-3:1)

“Yahweh said to me.

‘Go!

Love a woman

Who has a lover!

Love an adulteress!

Just as Yahweh loves

The people of Israel,

Though they turn

To other gods.

They love raisin cakes.’”

Yahweh went to Hosea again. He told him to go love a woman who has a lover already. He was to love an adulteress. This time, there is a clear explanation of why he was doing this. He was to follow the attitude of Yahweh. Yahweh has loved the people of Israel, even though they have turned to other gods. These Israelites seemed to love the pagan raisin cakes at the religious services for these idol gods.