Hosea 12

1Ephraim feeds on the wind
and pursues athe east wind all day long;
they multiply bfalsehood and violence;
cthey make a covenant with Assyria,
and doil is carried to Egypt.

The Lord’s Indictment of Israel and Judah

2 eThe Lord has an indictment against Judah
and will punish Jacob according to his ways;
he will repay him according to his deeds.
3 fIn the womb he took his brother by the heel,
and in his manhood he strove with God.
4He strove with the angel and prevailed;
he wept and sought his favor.
gHe met God
Hebrew him
at Bethel,
and there God spoke with us—
5the Lord, the God of hosts,
ithe Lord is his memorial name:
6“So you, jby the help of your God, return,
khold fast to love and justice,
and wait continually for your God.”
7 A merchant, in whose hands are lfalse balances,
he loves mto oppress.
8Ephraim has said, “Ah, but nI am rich;
I have found wealth for myself;
in all my labors othey cannot find in me iniquity or sin.”
9 pI am the Lord your God
from the land of Egypt;
I will again make you qdwell in tents,
as in the days of the appointed feast.
10 rI spoke to the prophets;
it was I who multiplied svisions,
and through the prophets gave parables.
11 tIf there is iniquity in Gilead,
they shall surely come to nothing:
uin Gilgal they sacrifice bulls;
vtheir altars also are like stone heaps
won the furrows of the field.
12 xJacob fled to the land of Aram;
there Israel yserved for a wife,
and for a wife he guarded sheep.
13By za prophet aathe Lord brought Israel up from Egypt,
and by a prophet he was guarded.
14 abEphraim has given bitter provocation;
so his Lord acwill leave his bloodguilt on him
adand will repay him for his disgraceful deeds.
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