Hosea 12:1-9 NIV

1 Ephraim1 feeds on the wind;2 he pursues the east wind all day and multiplies lies and violence.3 He makes a treaty with Assyria4 and sends olive oil to Egypt.5

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2 The LORD has a charge6 to bring against Judah;7 he will punish8 Jacoba according to his ways and repay him according to his deeds.9

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    • a 12:2 - "Jacob" means "he grasps the heel" (figuratively, "he deceives").
      3 In the womb he grasped his brother's heel;10 as a man he struggled11 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 Bethel12 and talked with him there--

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      5 the LORD God Almighty, the LORD is his name13 of renown!

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      6 But you must return14 to your God; maintain love and justice,15 and wait for your God always.16

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      7 The merchant uses dishonest scales;17 he loves to defraud.

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      8 Ephraim boasts,18 "I am very rich; I have become wealthy.19 With all my wealth they will not find in me any iniquity or sin."

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      9 "I am the LORD your God, [who brought you] out ofb Egypt;20 I will make you live in tents21 again, as in the days of your appointed feasts.

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        • b 12:9 - Or "God / ever since you were in"