Ephraim feeds on the wind and pursues 1the east wind all day long; they multiply 2falsehood and violence; 3they make a covenant with Assyria, and 4oil is carried to Egypt.
5The LORD has an indictment against Judah and will punish Jacob according to his ways; he will repay him according to his deeds.
6In the womb he took his brother by the heel, and in his manhood he strove with God.
He strove with the angel and prevailed; he wept and sought his favor. 7He met God at Bethel, and there God spoke with us--
the LORD, the God of hosts, 8the LORD is his memorial name:
"So you, 9by the help of your God, return, 10hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God."
A merchant, in whose hands are 11false balances, he loves 12to oppress.
Ephraim has said, "Ah, but 13I am rich; I have found wealth for myself; in all my labors 14they cannot find in me iniquity or sin."
15I am the LORD your God from the land of Egypt; I will again make you 16dwell in tents, as in the days of the appointed feast.
17I spoke to the prophets; it was I who multiplied 18visions, and through the prophets gave parables.
19If there is iniquity in Gilead, they shall surely come to nothing: 20in Gilgal they sacrifice bulls; 21their altars also are like stone heaps 22on the furrows of the field.
23Jacob fled to the land of Aram; there Israel 24served for a wife, and for a wife he guarded sheep.
By 25a prophet 26the LORD brought Israel up from Egypt, and by a prophet he was guarded.
27Ephraim has given bitter provocation; so his Lord 28will leave his bloodguilt on him 29and will repay him for his disgraceful deeds.