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.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.
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 accuses Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; he will repay him for what he does.
3Even in the womb, Jacob struggled with his brother; when he became a man, he even fought with God.3He circumvented his brother in the womb, and as an adult he fought 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 —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 of Heaven’s Armies, the LORD is his name!5the LORD God of the Heavenly Armies— the LORD is his name.
6So now, come back to your God. Act with love and justice, and always depend on him.6So you, return to your God; guard grace and justice, and look to your God always.
7But no, the people are like crafty merchants selling from dishonest scales— they love to cheat.7"Now as for the merchant, deceitful balances remain in his hand, and he loves to defraud.
8Israel boasts, “I am rich! I’ve made a fortune all by myself! No one has caught me cheating! My record is spotless!”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“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.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 sent my prophets to warn you with many visions and parables.”10I spoke to the prophets, giving revelation after revelation, and employing parables in the prophetic writings.
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.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 land of Aram, and there he earned a wife by tending sheep.12Jacob fled into the land of Aram; Israel served there to obtain his wife, tending sheep to gain his wife.
13Then by a prophet the LORD brought Jacob’s descendants out of Egypt; and by that prophet they were protected.13"By a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet he was rescued.
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 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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