1 Ephraim feedeth on wind, and pursueth after the east wind: all day long he multiplieth lies and desolation; and they make a covenant with Assyria, and oil is carried into Egypt.
2 Jehovah hath also a controversy with Judah, and he will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him.
3 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and in his strength he wrestled with God.
4 Yea, he wrestled with the Angel, and prevailed; he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spoke with us,
5 -- even Jehovah, the God of hosts, -- Jehovah is his memorial.
References for Hosea 12:5
    • a 12:5 - See Ex. 3.15.
      6 And thou, return unto thy God: keep loving-kindness and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.
      References for Hosea 12:6
        • b 12:6 - Or 'goodness.'
          7 [He is] a merchant, balances of deceit are in his hand; he loveth to oppress.
          References for Hosea 12:7
            • c 12:7 - Lit. 'Canaan [is he];' see Ezek. 17.4.
            • d 12:7 - Or 'to defraud.'
              8 And Ephraim saith, Nevertheless I am become rich, I have found me out substance; in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin.
              9 But I [that am] Jehovah thy God from the land of Egypt will again make thee to dwell in tents, as in the days of the solemn feast.
              10 And I have spoken to the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and by means of the prophets have I used similitudes.
              11 If Gilead is iniquity, surely they are but vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields.
              References for Hosea 12:11
                • e 12:11 - Or 'Is Gilead iniquity? They are altogether vanity.'
                  12 And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept [sheep].
                  References for Hosea 12:12
                    • f 12:12 - Or 'fields,' or 'open country' of Aram:' see Gen. 28.2.
                      13 And by a prophet Jehovah brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.
                      References for Hosea 12:13
                        • g 12:13 - Or 'kept,' as ver. 12.
                          14 Ephraim provoked [him] to anger most bitterly; and his Lord shall leave his blood upon him, and recompense unto him his reproach.