Chapter 12

HOS.12:1 “Ephraim feeds on the wind, And pursues the east wind; He daily increases lies and desolation. Also they make a covenant with the Assyrians, And oil is carried to Egypt.
HOS.12:2 “The LORD also brings a charge against Judah, And will punish Jacob according to his ways; According to his deeds He will recompense him.
HOS.12:3 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, And in his strength he struggled with God.
HOS.12:4 Yes, he struggled with the Angel and prevailed; He wept, and sought favor from Him. He found Him in Bethel, And there He spoke to us-
HOS.12:5 That is, the LORD God of hosts. The LORD is His memorable name.
HOS.12:6 So you, by the help of your God, return; Observe mercy and justice, And wait on your God continually.
HOS.12:7 “A cunning Canaanite! Deceitful scales are in his hand; He loves to oppress.
HOS.12:8 And Ephraim said, ‘Surely I have become rich, I have found wealth for myself; In all my labors They shall find in me no iniquity that is sin.’
HOS.12:9 “But I am the LORD your God, Ever since the land of Egypt; I will again make you dwell in tents, As in the days of the appointed feast.
HOS.12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, And have multiplied visions; I have given symbols through the witness of the prophets.”
HOS.12:11 Though Gilead has idols-Surely they are vanity-Though they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal, Indeed their altars shall be heaps in the furrows of the field.
HOS.12:12 Jacob fled to the country of Syria; Israel served for a spouse, And for a wife he tended sheep.
HOS.12:13 By a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, And by a prophet he was preserved.
HOS.12:14 Ephraim provoked Him to anger most bitterly; Therefore his Lord will leave the guilt of his bloodshed upon him, And return his reproach upon him.

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