The prophet Hosea likens the relationship between Israel and her
God to that of a wife to her husband. The prophet declares that
although Israel has proved faithless, yet God in His tender love
and faithfulness cannot and will not cast her off, but having
disciplined her will restore her to His favour.
A grim picture is painted of Israel's sins, but the prophet urges
repentance in a lovely passage which speaks of God's pardon and
Hosea 4.vv.1-3, and 6.vv.1-6
having further elaborated his account of Israel's (Ephraim's)
sins the prophet in a tender passage represents God as filled
with compassion for His erring people, longing to forgive and
Hosea 11.vv.1-4, and vv.8-11
The prophet ends this short book with a further plea to Israel
to return to the Lord, assuring them that He is a God of forgiveness
and loving kindness.