Hos 2:7 She shall pursue her lovers but not overtake them, and she shall seek them but shall not find them. Then she shall say, ‘I will go and return to my first husband, for it was better for me then than now.’
Building on the previous verse, Israel’s greedy pursuits will come up short. Israel’s political collapse at the hands of the Chaldeans would cause those left behind from the exile to return to YHWH worship in Jerusalem in the time of Hezekiah. In much the same way when we take our eyes of Christ and begin to conform to the world, when we fall on our faces and realize our loss, God mercifully shows us the error of our way and draws us back to Himself.