Hosea 12

Hosea 12:1  
Ephraim feeds on wind, and chases the east wind. He continually multiplies lies and desolation. They make a covenant with Assyria, and oil is carried into Egypt.

Hosea 12:2  
Yahweh also has a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his deeds he will repay him.

Hosea 12:3  
In the womb he took his brother by the heel, and in his manhood he contended with God.

Hosea 12:4  
Indeed, he struggled with the angel, and prevailed; he wept, and made supplication to him. He found him at Bethel, and there he spoke with us—

Hosea 12:5  
even Yahweh, the God of Armies. Yahweh is his name of renown!

Hosea 12:6  
Therefore turn to your God. Keep kindness and justice, and wait continually for your God.

Hosea 12:7  
A merchant has dishonest scales in his hand. He loves to defraud.

Hosea 12:8  
Ephraim said, “Surely I have become rich. I have found myself wealth. In all my wealth they won’t find in me any iniquity that is sin.”

Hosea 12:9  
“But I am Yahweh your God from the land of Egypt. I will yet again make you dwell in tents, as in the days of the solemn feast.

Hosea 12:10  
I have also spoken to the prophets, and I have multiplied visions; and by the ministry of the prophets I have used parables.

Hosea 12:11  
If Gilead is wicked, surely they are worthless. In Gilgal they sacrifice bulls. Indeed, their altars are like heaps in the furrows of the field.

Hosea 12:12  
Jacob fled into the country of Aram. Israel served to get a wife. For a wife he tended flocks and herds.

Hosea 12:13  
By a prophet Yahweh brought Israel up out of Egypt, and by a prophet he was preserved.

Hosea 12:14  
Ephraim has bitterly provoked anger. Therefore his blood will be left on him, and his Lord will repay his contempt.

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