Hosea 12

"A Reproof of Ephraim, Judah, Jacob"

Ephraim chases the wind and pursues the east wind all day long; he multiplies lies and violence; he makes a covenant with Assyria and sends olive oil to Egypt. The LORD also [brings] a charge against Judah. He will punish Jacob
Jacob means he grasps the heel or he deceives
according to his ways and repay him according to his deeds.
In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel, and in his vigor he wrestled with God. Yes, he struggled with the Angel and prevailed; he wept and sought His favor ; he found Him at Bethel, and there He spoke with us— the LORD is the God of Hosts— the LORD is His name of renown. But you must return to your God, maintaining love and justice, and always waiting on your God. A merchant loves to defraud with dishonest scales in his hands. And Ephraim boasts: “ . . . How rich I have become; I have found wealth for myself. In all my labors, they can find in me no iniquity that [is] sin.” But I [am] the LORD your God ever since the land of Egypt. I will again make you dwell in tents, as in the days of the appointed feast. 10  I spoke through the prophets and multiplied their visions; I gave parables through the prophets. 11  Is there iniquity [in] Gilead? They will surely come to nothing. Do they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal? Indeed, their altars [will be] heaps of stones in the furrows of the field. 12  Jacob fled to the land of Aram,
That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
and Israel worked for a wife; for a wife he tended [sheep] .
13  But by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet he was preserved. 14  Ephraim has provoked bitter anger, so his Lord will leave his bloodguilt upon him and repay him for his contempt.
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