|Faith Strengthened||Chapter 78||Part 2|
Romans 9:24-26, "Even us, whom he has called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles. As he says also in Hosea, I will call them my people, which were not my people, and her beloved which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there shall they be called the children of the living God."
It is immaterial for us to know whether it was ignorance or intentional perversion which prompted Paul to refer to Hosea for a purpose which that prophet had not in view. It suffices to refer to Hosea 1:9, in order to ascertain that the prophet alludes not to the Gentiles, but exclusively to Israel, who, when obedient to the law of God, were to be called Ammi, ("my people)," and "Ruhamah," "(she who is pitied);" but when disobedient they were to be called Lo-Ammi, "(not my people)," and Lo Ruhamah "(not to be pitied)." And again in chapter 2:1 [1:10], we read, "And it shall come to pass that in the place where it was said unto them [Israel], Ye are the sons of the living God."
Note: chapter and verse numbers in brackets  are the numbers used in the English bible.