v. — to act unfaithfully or treacherously, conceived of as living like a prostitute.
Do not rejoice, O Israel, do not exult like the nations! For you played the whore, departing from your God; you loved a harlot’s wage on all the threshing floors of grain.
Hosea 9:1 (LEB)
Some Old Testament imagery may be too familiar to some, or perhaps it may be too culturally different to recognize. In the example of Hosea 9:1, a word that typically means “to prostitute (oneself)” is used metaphorically. In this verse, the Lord calls out his people for their spiritual “whoring.” They offered their worship and allegiance to other gods, so God makes this comparison—they are like a woman who has prostituted herself out to others instead of being faithful. While we might not use such a strong metaphor in daily life, we shouldn’t forget how raw this kind of language would have been for people in that time. Don’t let your familiarity with existing biblical metaphors numb the power of God’s convicting word in its context.
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