Hosea 12

1

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

2

The LORD has an indictment against Judah and will punish Jacob according to his ways; he will repay him according to his deeds.

3

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. He met God at Bethel, and there God spoke with us-

5

the LORD, the God of hosts, the LORD is his memorial name:

6

"So you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God."

7

A merchant, in whose hands are false balances, he loves to oppress.

8

Ephraim has said, "Ah, but I am rich; I have found wealth for myself; in all my labors they cannot find in me iniquity or sin."

9

I am the LORD your God from the land of Egypt; I will again make you dwell in tents, as in the days of the appointed feast.

10

I spoke to the prophets; it was I who multiplied visions, and through the prophets gave parables.

11

If there is iniquity in Gilead, they shall surely come to nothing: in Gilgal they sacrifice bulls; their altars also are like stone heaps on the furrows of the field.

12

Jacob fled to the land of Aram; there Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he guarded sheep.

13

By a prophet the LORD brought Israel up from Egypt, and by a prophet he was guarded.

14

Ephraim has given bitter provocation; so his Lord will leave his bloodguilt on him and will repay him for his disgraceful deeds.