|GO! HOSEA FLIRTED?
HOSEA FED TO GIRL
LAGER THIEF DO SO?
IF HARLOT SEE GOD
OH, FORGETS IDEAL
GOD LOST A HEIFER
FOR GOD AILS THEE
GOD IS OFT HEALER
EITHER OF SO GLAD
RIG HEATED FOOLS
REGAL FOES DO HIT
HOSEA TOLD GRIEF
FOOL SAGE DITHER
SEE OLD TORAH FIG
GO FRET. HIDE ALSO.
I, SOFT HEALER GOD
OH! OLD EAST GRIEF
FORGETS HALO? DIE!
GOD'S HEALER OF IT
GET FLORID, HOSEA
|Lord commanded: Go, take whore to wife
simile of idolatry and redemption
God taketh away wine as a thief in the night
drunken adulteress looks to other gods
people forget the law of god
Ephraim backslides into idolatry
princes of Israel made sick for iniquities
God tears, then heals, smites, then binds up
kings glad at wickedness, princes at lies
Ephraim's adulteration, oven simile
Ephraim sorrows under king-prince's burdern
foretells Israel's distress in captivity
confusion at the hands of Egypt predicted
Israel's forefathers likened to fig tree
idolaters say to mountains "Cover us"
God had soft spot, healed young Ephraim
Ephraim's foolish covenants with Assyrians
Ephraim was exalted in humility, died in sin
healing of Israel's backsliding
rich imagery (lilies and other plants)