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Hosea: Chapter 12

A reproof of Ephraim, Judah, and Jacob, 1, 2. By former favors he exhorts to repentance, 3-6. Ephraim's sins provoke God, 7-14.

1 Ephraim feeds on wind and follows after the east wind. He daily multiplies lies and desolation. They make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.

2 The LORD also has a controversy with Judah and will punish Jacob according to his ways. According to his doings he will recompense him.

3 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God.

4 He even had power over the angel and prevailed. He wept and made supplication to him. He found [God] in Beth-el, and there [God] spoke with us,

5 Even the LORD God of hosts, the LORD is his memorial.

6 Therefore, turn to your God. Keep mercy and judgment and wait on your God continually.

7 He is a merchant. The balances of deceit are in his hand. He loves to oppress.

8 And Ephraim said, "Yet I have become rich. I have found substance for myself. In all my labors they shall find no iniquity in me that is sin."

9 "And I am the LORD your God from the land of Egypt. I will yet make you to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast.

10 I have also spoken by the prophets and I have multiplied visions. I used similitudes by the ministry of the prophets.

11 Is there iniquity in Gilead? Surely they are vanity. They sacrifice bulls in Gilgal. Even their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields.

12 And Jacob fled into the country of Syria. And Israel served to get a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.

13 And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet he was preserved.

14 Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly; therefore, he will leave his blood upon him, and his Lord will return his reproach to him."