Hosea 12
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1Ephraim feeds on the wind; he pursues the east wind all day and multiplies lies and violence. He makes a treaty with Assyria and sends olive oil to Egypt.1 "Ephraim feeds on the wind, chasing after the eastern winds, storing up lies and desolation day after day. They are making a contract with the Assyrians, and sending oil to Egypt.
2The LORD has a charge to bring against Judah; he will punish Jacob according to his ways and repay him according to his deeds.2The LORD accuses Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; he will repay him for what he does.
3In the womb he grasped his brother's heel; as a man he struggled with God.3He circumvented his brother in the womb, and as an adult he fought with God.
4He struggled with the angel and overcame him; he wept and begged for his favor. He found him at Bethel and talked with him there--4He even fought the angel and won; he cried and prayed to him. Then at Bethel he found him, and there he spoke with us—
5the LORD God Almighty, the LORD is his name!5the LORD God of the Heavenly Armies— the LORD is his name.
6But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.6So you, return to your God; guard grace and justice, and look to your God always.
7The merchant uses dishonest scales and loves to defraud.7"Now as for the merchant, deceitful balances remain in his hand, and he loves to defraud.
8Ephraim boasts, "I am very rich; I have become wealthy. With all my wealth they will not find in me any iniquity or sin."8Ephraim claims, 'I have become rich, I have made a fortune! Because of all my wealth, no one will find any iniquity or sin in me.'
9"I have been the LORD your God ever since you came out of Egypt; I will make you live in tents again, as in the days of your appointed festivals.9"Yet I remain the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. I will make you live in tents again, as in the festival of that name.
10I spoke to the prophets, gave them many visions and told parables through them."10I spoke to the prophets, giving revelation after revelation, and employing parables in the prophetic writings.
11Is Gilead wicked? Its people are worthless! Do they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal? Their altars will be like piles of stones on a plowed field.11"There's iniquity in Gilead, isn't there? They have become truly vain. They sacrifice bulls in Gilgal; their altars are like piles of stone in furrowed fields.
12Jacob fled to the country of Aram; Israel served to get a wife, and to pay for her he tended sheep.12Jacob fled into the land of Aram; Israel served there to obtain his wife, tending sheep to gain his wife.
13The LORD used a prophet to bring Israel up from Egypt, by a prophet he cared for him.13"By a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet he was rescued.
14But Ephraim has aroused his bitter anger; his Lord will leave on him the guilt of his bloodshed and will repay him for his contempt.14Ephraim has stirred up violent anger; therefore the guilt of his blood will remain on him, and his Lord will repay him for his contempt."
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Hosea 11
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