Hosea 12
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1 The people of Israel feed on the wind; they chase after the east wind all day long. They pile up lies and violence; they are making an alliance with Assyria while sending olive oil to buy support from Egypt.1Ephraim chases the wind and pursues the east wind. He continually multiplies lies and violence. He makes a covenant with Assyria, and olive oil is carried to Egypt.
2Now the LORD is bringing charges against Judah. He is about to punish Jacob for all his deceitful ways, and pay him back for all he has done.2The LORD also has a dispute with Judah. He is about to punish Jacob according to his conduct; he will repay him based on his actions.
3Even in the womb, Jacob struggled with his brother; when he became a man, he even fought with God.3In the womb he grasped his brother's heel, and as an adult he wrestled with God.
4Yes, he wrestled with the angel and won. He wept and pleaded for a blessing from him. There at Bethel he met God face to face, and God spoke to him —4Jacob struggled with the angel and prevailed; he wept and sought his favor. He found him at Bethel, and there he spoke with him.
5the LORD God of Heaven’s Armies, the LORD is his name!5The LORD is the God of Armies; the LORD is his name.
6So now, come back to your God. Act with love and justice, and always depend on him.6But you must return to your God. Maintain love and justice, and always put your hope in God.
7But no, the people are like crafty merchants selling from dishonest scales— they love to cheat.7A merchant loves to extort with dishonest scales in his hands.
8Israel boasts, “I am rich! I’ve made a fortune all by myself! No one has caught me cheating! My record is spotless!”8But Ephraim thinks, "How rich I have become; I made it all myself. In all my earnings, no one can find any iniquity in me that I can be punished for!"
9“But I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from slavery in Egypt. And I will make you live in tents again, as you do each year at the Festival of Shelters.9I have been the LORD your God ever since the land of Egypt. I will make you live in tents again, as in the festival days.
10I sent my prophets to warn you with many visions and parables.”10I will speak through the prophets and grant many visions; I will give parables through the prophets.
11But the people of Gilead are worthless because of their idol worship. And in Gilgal, too, they sacrifice bulls; their altars are lined up like the heaps of stone along the edges of a plowed field.11Since Gilead is full of evil, they will certainly come to nothing. They sacrifice bulls in Gilgal; even their altars will be like piles of rocks on the furrows of a field.
12Jacob fled to the land of Aram, and there he earned a wife by tending sheep.12Jacob fled to the territory of Aram. Israel worked to earn a wife; he tended flocks for a wife.
13Then by a prophet the LORD brought Jacob’s descendants out of Egypt; and by that prophet they were protected.13The LORD brought Israel from Egypt by a prophet, and Israel was tended by a prophet.
14But the people of Israel have bitterly provoked the LORD, so their Lord will now sentence them to death in payment for their sins.14Ephraim has provoked bitter anger, so his Lord will leave his bloodguilt on him and repay him for his contempt.
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Hosea 11
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