Hosea 2:10
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10  And she did not consider this: It was I who bestowed on her The new grain and wine and oil; I who lavished silver on her And gold—which they used for Baal.

v’-HEE LO ya-d’-AH KEE a-no-KHEE na-TA-tee LAH ha-da-GAN v’-ha-tee-ROSH v’-ha-yitz-HAR v’-KHE-sef hir-BAY-tee LAH v’-za-HAV a-SU la-BA-al

י  וְהִיא לֹא יָדְעָה כִּי אָנֹכִי נָתַתִּי לָהּ הַדָּגָן וְהַתִּירוֹשׁ וְהַיִּצְהָר וְכֶסֶף הִרְבֵּיתִי לָהּ וְזָהָב עָשׂוּ לַבָּעַל׃

2:10  And she did not consider this: It was I who bestowed on her the new grain

One of the greatest sins of the wayward wife is that she attributes to her lovers the gifts that were actually given to her by her husband. Symbolically, this means that Israel should have recognized that her prosperity comes not from the other nations, but from Hashem. The gifts mentioned in the verse include not only grains, wine and oil, the traditional crops of the land of Israel, but also valuable metals which are not native to the land, and symbolize God’s extra love for His people. One must learn to identify and appreciate everything Hashem does, especially those aspects of his life which reflect His showering of kindness beyond what is deserved.

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  • Approximately two centuries later the prophet Ezekiel (16:17-19) wrote, HaShem speaking: You took your beautiful things, made of the gold and silver that I had given you, and you made yourself phallic images and fornicated with them. You took your embroidered cloths to cover them; and you set My oil and My incense before them. The food that I had given you—the choice flour, the oil, and the honey, which I had provided for you to eat—you set it before them for a pleasing odor. And so it went—declares Hashem.

    It appears that not a lot was learned over the intervening time between prophecies—they took these for granted and often misused them. Even today we have a tendency to forget all that HaShem bestows on us; but we can rest assured that He does not—especially concerning His land and His people.

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