Biblical People
Baali (baali). [Heb. Ba-lé, “my lord,” “my Baal” (RSV).] A name Israel applied to the Lord during the time of her unfaithfulness to Him (Hos 2:16). Before her apostasy her relationship to God is described as that of a wife to her husband (v 7). An attempt to blend the worship of Baal with that of the true God had so confused the thinking of Israel that she addressed God as if He had become identified with Baal. In His appeal to His wayward people God set before them the prospect of having the former relationship restored. Israel would then call God Ishi, “my husband,” and no longer Baali, “my lord,” or “my Baal.”

Horn, Siegfried H., Seventh-day Adventist Bible Dictionary, (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association) 1979.