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Hosea 12:1-7 (The Message)

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1 Ephraim, obsessed with god-fantasies, chases ghosts and phantoms. He tells lies nonstop, soul-destroying lies. Both Ephraim and Judah made deals with Assyria and tried to get an inside track with Egypt. 2 God is bringing charges against Israel. Jacob's children are hauled into court to be punished. 3 In the womb, that heel, Jacob, got the best of his brother. When he grew up, he tried to get the best of God. 4 But God would not be bested. God bested him. Brought to his knees, Jacob wept and prayed. God found him at Bethel. That's where he spoke with him. 5 God is God-of-the-Angel-Armies, God-Revealed, God-Known. 6 What are you waiting for? Return to your God! Commit yourself in love, in justice! Wait for your God, and don't give up on him - ever! 7 The businessmen engage in wholesale fraud. They love to rip people off!
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