Hosea 12

Ephraim Reminded

Ch 12:2 in Heb
Ephraim feeds on b  wind,
And pursues the c  east wind continually;
He multiplies lies and violence.
Lit they make
he makes a covenant with Assyria,
And oil is carried to Egypt.
2The  Lord also has a e  dispute with Judah,
And will punish Jacob f  according to his ways;
He will repay him according to his deeds.
3In the womb he g  took his brother by the heel,
And in his maturity he h  contended with God.
4Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed;
He wept and i  sought His favor.
He found Him at j  Bethel
And there He spoke with us,
5Even the  Lord, the God of hosts,
The  Lord is His
Lit memorial
l  name.
6Therefore, m  return to your God,
n  Observe
Or loyalty
kindness and justice,
And p  wait for your God continually.
Or Canaanite
merchant, in whose hands are false r  balances,
He loves to oppress.
8And Ephraim said, “Surely I have become s  rich,
I have found wealth for myself;
In all my labors they will find in me
t  No iniquity, which would be sin.”
9But I have been the  Lord your God since the land of Egypt;
I will make you u  live in tents again,
As in the days of the appointed festival.
10I have also spoken to the v  prophets,
And I
Lit multiplied the vision
gave numerous visions,
And through the prophets I gave x  parables.
11Is there iniquity in Gilead?
Surely they are worthless.
In Gilgal they sacrifice bulls,
Yes y  their altars are like the stone heaps
Beside the furrows of the field.

12Now z  Jacob fled to the
Lit field
land of Aram,
And ab  Israel worked for a wife,
And for a wife he kept sheep.
13But by a ac  prophet the  Lord brought Israel from Egypt,
And by a prophet he was kept.
14 ad  Ephraim has provoked to bitter anger;
So his Lord will leave his ae  bloodguilt on him
And bring back his af  reproach to him.

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