Hosea 12 (Holman Christian Standard)

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God's Case against Jacob's Heirs

1 Ephraim chasesa 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. 2 The Lord also has a dispute with Judah. He is about to punish Jacob according to his ways; He will repay him based on his actions. 3 In the womb he grasped his brother's heel,b and as an adult he wrestled with God.c 4 Jacob struggled with the Angel and prevailed; he wept and sought His favor. He found himd at Bethel, and there He spoke with him.ef 5 Yahweh is the God of Hosts; Yahweh is His name. 6 But you must return to your God. Maintain love and justice, and always put your hope in God. 7 A merchant loves to extort with dishonest scales in his hands. 8 But Ephraim says: "How rich I have become; I made it all myself. In all my earnings, no one can find any crime in me that I can be punished for!"g

Judgment on Apostate Israel

9 I have been the Lord your God ever sinceh the land of Egypt. I will make you live in tents again, as in the festival days. 10 I spoke through the prophets and granted many visions; I gave parables through the prophets. 11 Since Gilead is full of evil, they will certainly come to nothing. They sacrifice bulls in Gilgal; even their altars will be like heaps of rocks on the furrows of a field.

Further Indictment of Jacob's Heirs

12 Jacob fled to the land of Aram. Israel worked to earn a wife; he tended flocks for a wife.i 13 The Lord brought Israel from Egypt by a prophet, and Israel was tended by a prophet. 14 Ephraim has provoked bitter anger, so his Lord will leave his bloodguilt on him and repay him for his contempt.
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