1 Ephraim feeds on the wind; he pursues the east wind all day and multiplies lies and violence. He makes a treaty with Assyria and sends olive oil to Egypt.

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2 The LORD has a charge to bring against Judah; he will punish Jacoba according to his ways and repay him according to his deeds.

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    • } 12:2 - "Jacob" means "he grasps the heel" , a Hebrew idiom for "he takes advantage of" or "he deceives" .
      3 In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel; as a man he struggled with God.

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      4 He struggled with the angel and overcame him; he wept and begged for his favor. He found him at Bethel and talked with him there—

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      5 the LORD God Almighty, the LORD is his name!

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      6 But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.
      7 The merchant uses dishonest scales and loves to defraud.

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      8 Ephraim boasts, “I am very rich; I have become wealthy. With all my wealth they will not find in me any iniquity or sin.”

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      9 “I have been the LORD your God ever since you came out of Egypt; I will make you live in tents again, as in the days of your appointed festivals.

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      10 I spoke to the prophets, gave them many visions and told parables through them.”

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      11 Is Gilead wicked? Its people are worthless! Do they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal? Their altars will be like piles of stones on a plowed field.

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      12 Jacob fled to the country of Aramb ; Israel served to get a wife, and to pay for her he tended sheep.

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        • ~ 12:12 - That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
          13 The LORD used a prophet to bring Israel up from Egypt, by a prophet he cared for him.

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          14 But Ephraim has aroused his bitter anger; his Lord will leave on him the guilt of his bloodshed and will repay him for his contempt.

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