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I'm not sure the answer is that complicated. Haven't we all seen the irreverent insult in which one places the tip of their thumb on their nose, extending and waving their fingers like a branch blowing in the wind? The passage serves to futher describe the mockery that has provoked God to anger. The NLT version is the better translation for this passage. ...


Raisin cakes were not uncommon in the time of the Hebrews as raisins themselves weren't, being that raisin cakes were just raisins pressed into cake form. They were sweet, being a compressed form of sugar. They were eaten as a delicacy in SoS. This probably has more to do in Hosea with Israel turning to the things they love, instead of God who they should ...

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