1Ephraimfeedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he dailyincreasethlies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.2
The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punishaJacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him.
He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:4
Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed : he wept , and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us;
Even the LORDGod of hosts; the LORD is his memorial.6
Therefore turn thou to thy God:keepmercy and judgment, and wait on thy Godcontinually.7
He is a merchant,b the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress .
And Ephraimsaid , Yet I am become rich , I have found me outsubstance: in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin.9
And I that am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast.10
I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multipliedvisions, and used similitudes , by the ministryc of the prophets.11
Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrificebullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields.12
And Jacobfled into the country of Syria, and Israelserved for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.
And by a prophet the LORDbroughtIsrael out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved .
14Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly: therefore shall he leave his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his Lordreturn unto him.