Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Hosea 2:7


Then she will pursue her lovers, but she will not catch 1  them; she will seek them, but she will not find them. 2  Then she will say, “I will go back 3  to my husband, 4  because I was better off then than I am now.” 5 


De 6:10-12; De 8:17,18; De 32:13-15; 2Ch 28:20-22; Ne 9:25,26; Ps 116:7; Isa 30:2,3,16; Isa 31:1-3; Jer 2:2; Jer 2:28,36,37; Jer 3:1; Jer 3:22-25; Jer 14:22; Jer 30:12-15; Jer 31:18; Jer 31:32; Jer 50:4,5; La 3:40-42; Eze 16:18; Eze 20:32; Eze 23:4; Eze 23:22; Da 4:17,25,32; Da 5:21; Ho 5:13; Ho 5:15; Ho 6:1; Ho 13:6; Ho 14:1; Lu 15:17-20

NET © Notes

tn Heb “overtake” (so KJV, NAB, NASB, NRSV); NLT “be able to catch up with.”

tn In the Hebrew text the accusative direct object pronoun אֹתָם (’otam, “them”) is omitted/elided for balanced poetic parallelism. The LXX supplies αὐτους (autous, “them”); but it is not necessary to emend the MT because this is a poetic literary convention rather than a textual problem.

tn Heb “I will go and return” (so NRSV). The two verbs joined with vav form a verbal hendiadys. Normally, the first verb functions adverbially and the second retains its full verbal sense (GKC 386-87 §120.d, h). The Hebrew phrase אֵלְכָה וְאָשׁוּבָה (’elkhah vÿashuvah, “I will go and I will return”) connotes, “I will return again.” As cohortatives, both verbs emphasize the resolution of the speaker.

tn Heb “to my man, the first.” Many English translations (e.g., KJV, NAB, NRSV, TEV) take this as “my first husband,” although this implies that there was more than one husband involved. The text refers to multiple lovers, but these were not necessarily husbands.

tn Or “because it was better for me then than now” (cf. NCV).

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