Hosea 121 Ephraim 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 Judah2 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.
4 He strove with the angel and prevailed;
he wept and sought his favor.
g He met God ▼
▼ Hebrew himat Bethel,
and there God spoke with us—
5 the 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.
8 Ephraim 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.
13 By 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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