Ephraim feeds on wind, And pursues the east wind continually; He multiplies lies and violence. Moreover, he makes a covenant with Assyria, And oil is carried to Egypt. (Hosea 12:1)

The LORD also has a dispute with Judah, And will punish Jacob according to his ways; He will repay him according to his deeds. (Hosea 12:2)

In the womb he took his brother by the heel, And in his maturity he contended with God. (Hosea 12:3)

Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed; He wept and sought His favor. He found Him at Bethel And there He spoke with us, (Hosea 12:4)

Even the LORD, the God of hosts, The LORD is His name. (Hosea 12:5)

Therefore, return to your God, Observe kindness and justice, And wait for your God continually. (Hosea 12:6)

A merchant, in whose hands are false balances, He loves to oppress. (Hosea 12:7)

And Ephraim said, "Surely I have become rich, I have found wealth for myself; In all my labors they will find in me No iniquity, which would be sin." (Hosea 12:8)

But I have been the LORD your God since the land of Egypt; I will make you live in tents again, As in the days of the appointed festival. (Hosea 12:9)

I have also spoken to the prophets, And I gave numerous visions, And through the prophets I gave parables. (Hosea 12:10)

Is there iniquity in Gilead? Surely they are worthless. In Gilgal they sacrifice bulls, Yes, their altars are like the stone heaps Beside the furrows of the field. (Hosea 12:11)

Now Jacob fled to the land of Aram, And Israel worked for a wife, And for a wife he kept sheep. (Hosea 12:12)

But by a prophet the LORD brought Israel from Egypt, And by a prophet he was kept. (Hosea 12:13)

Ephraim has provoked to bitter anger; So his Lord will leave his bloodguilt on him And bring back his reproach to him. (Hosea 12:14)


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