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The prophet is commanded again to love an adulteress; to signify God's love to the synagogue. The wretched state of the Jews for a long time, till at last they shall be converted.

[1] And the Lord said to me: Go yet again, and love a woman beloved of her friend, and an adulteress: as the Lord loveth the children of Israel, and they look to strange gods, and love the husks of the grapes. [2] And I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for a core of barley, and for half a core of barley. [3] And I said to her: Thou shalt wait for me many days: thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt be no man' s, and I also will wait for thee. [4] For the children of Israel shall sit many days without king, and without prince, and without sacrifice, and without altar, and without ephod, and without theraphim. [5] And after this the children of Israel shall return, and shall seek the Lord their God, and David their king: and they shall fear the Lord, and his goodness in the last days.

[4] Theraphim: Images or representations.

[5] David their king: That is, Christ, who is of the house of David.

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