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The book of Hosea primarily focuses on the ten-tribe kingdom of Israel, and the events related therein are closely linked to the prophet’s domestic life. Hosea’s years of prophetic service were filled with sadness. His wife Gomer proved to be an adulteress. Of the three children to whom she gave birth, Hosea appears to have fathered only one. The tragic developments in Hosea’s personal life served to portray Israel’s unfaithfulness to YHWH and, at the same time, dramatically revealed God’s justice, mercy, and love in dealing with his wayward people.