Lesson 34: “I Will Betroth Thee unto Me in Righteousness”

Old Testament Class Member Study Guide, (2001), 23


Study the following scriptures:

  1. a.

    Hosea 1–3. Using the similitude of a faithful husband and an adulterous wife, the prophet Hosea describes the relationship between the Lord and Israel. In these chapters Hosea represents the Lord as the husband, and Gomer represents Israel as the wife.

  2. b.

    Hosea 11; 13–14. Because of his love for his people, the Lord continues to invite Israel to repent and return to him.

  • What does the comparison in Hosea 1–3 teach us about the level of commitment and devotion the Lord expects from us?

  • Who or what were Israel’s “lovers”—the things that caused the people to turn from the Lord? What things may divert us from our dedication to following the Savior?

  • What did the husband promise his wife if she would return to him? (See Hosea 2:19.) What does the Lord promise his people if they will repent and return to him? (See Hosea 2:20, 23.)

Additional reading: The rest of Hosea.