The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea,
Go, take unto you a wife of harlotry and children of harlotry: for the land has committed great harlotry, departing from the LORD.
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George Leo Haydock
Fornications. That is, a wife that hath been given to fornication. This was to represent the Lord's proceedings with his people Israel, who, by spiritual fornication, were continually offending him. (Challoner)
The prophet reclaimed her. (St. Jerome)
She denoted Samaria, abandoned to idolatry, Ezechiel xvi. 15. Several such actions were prophetical. Many have supposed that this was only a parable; but the sequel proves the contrary. (Calmet)
Of fornications. So called from the character of their mother, if not also from their own wicked dispositions. (Challoner)
He is ordered to marry a woman who had been of a loose character, and to have children who would resemble her; (Worthington) or he takes her children to his house; (Grotius) unless the children of the prophet were so styled because the mother had been given to fornication. So the rod of Aaron retains its name when it was become a serpent, Exodus vii. 12.
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A wife of fornications: That is, a wife that has been given to fornication. This was to represent the Lord's proceedings with his people Israel, who, by spiritual fornication, were continually offending him.-- Ibid.