Hosea 12

Ephraim compasseth Me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit; and Judah is yet wayward towards God, and towards the Holy One who is faithful.

Ephraim striveth after wind, and followeth after the east wind; all the day he multiplieth lies and desolation; and they make a covenant with Assyria, and oil is carried into Egypt. The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways, according to his doings will He recompense him. In the womb he took his brother by the heel, and by his strength he strove with a godlike being; So he strove with an angel, and prevailed; he wept, and made supplication unto him; at Beth-el he would find him, and there he would speak with us; But the LORD, the God of hosts, the LORD is His name. Therefore turn thou to thy God; keep mercy and justice, and wait for thy God continually.

As for the trafficker, the balances of deceit are in his hand. He loveth to oppress. And Ephraim said: 'Surely I am become rich, I have found me wealth; in all my labours they shall find in me no iniquity that were sin.' 10 But I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt; I will yet again make thee to dwell in tents, as in the days of the appointed season. 11 I have also spoken unto the prophets, and I have multiplied visions; and by the ministry of the prophets have I used similitudes. 12 If Gilead be given to iniquity becoming altogether vanity, in Gilgal they sacrifice unto bullocks; yea, their altars shall be as heaps in the furrows of the field. 13 And Jacob fled into the field of Aram, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep. 14 And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel up out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he kept. 15 Ephraim hath provoked most bitterly; therefore shall his blood be cast upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord return unto him.

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