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Hosea 12:1-8 (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
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