Hosea 12

1Ephraim feeds on the wind
and pursues a  the east wind all day long;
they multiply b  falsehood and violence;
c  they make a covenant with Assyria,
and d  oil is carried to Egypt.

The  Lord’s Indictment of Israel and Judah

2 e  The  Lord has an indictment against Judah
and will punish Jacob according to his ways;
he will repay him according to his deeds.
3 f  In 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.
g  He met God
Hebrew him
at Bethel,
and there God spoke with us—
5the  Lord, the God of hosts,
i  the  Lord is his memorial name:
6“So you, j  by the help of your God, return,
k  hold fast to love and justice,
and wait continually for your God.”
7 A merchant, in whose hands are l  false balances,
he loves m  to oppress.
8Ephraim has said, “Ah, but n  I am rich;
I have found wealth for myself;
in all my labors o  they cannot find in me iniquity or sin.”
9 p  I am the  Lord your God
from the land of Egypt;
I will again make you q  dwell in tents,
as in the days of the appointed feast.
10 r  I spoke to the prophets;
it was I who multiplied s  visions,
and through the prophets gave parables.
11 t  If there is iniquity in Gilead,
they shall surely come to nothing:
u  in Gilgal they sacrifice bulls;
v  their altars also are like stone heaps
w  on the furrows of the field.
12 x  Jacob fled to the land of Aram;
there Israel y  served for a wife,
and for a wife he guarded sheep.
13By z  a prophet aa  the  Lord brought Israel up from Egypt,
and by a prophet he was guarded.
14 ab  Ephraim has given bitter provocation;
so his Lord ac  will leave his bloodguilt on him
ad  and will repay him for his disgraceful deeds.
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