1aEphraimfeeds on 1wind, And pursues the 2eastwindcontinually ; He multiplieslies and violence. Moreover, bhe makes a covenant with Assyria, And oil is carried to Egypt.
The LORD also has a 3dispute with Judah, And will punishJacob4according to his ways; He will repay him according to his deeds.
In the womb he 5took his brother by the heel, And in his maturity he 6contended with God.
Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed; He wept and 7sought His favor. He found Him at 8Bethel And there He spoke with us,
Even the LORD, the God of hosts, The LORD is His c9name.
Therefore, 10return to your God, 11Observedkindness and justice, And 12wait for your Godcontinually.
A emerchant, in whose hands are false13balances, He loves to oppress.
And Ephraimsaid, "Surely I have become14rich, I have foundwealth for myself; In all my labors they will find in me 15Noiniquity, which would be sin."
But I have been the LORD your Godsince the land of Egypt; I will make you 16live in tentsagain, As in the days of the appointedfestival.
I have also spoken to the 17prophets, And I fgavenumerousvisions, And through the prophets I gave18parables.
Is there iniquity in Gilead? Surely they are worthless. In Gilgal they sacrificebulls, Yes, 19their altars are like the stoneheapsBeside the furrows of the field.
Now 20Jacobfled to the gland of Aram, And 21Israelworked for a wife, And for a wife he kept sheep.
But by a 22prophet the LORDbroughtIsrael from Egypt, And by a prophet he was kept.
1423Ephraim has provoked to bitteranger; So his Lord will leave his 24bloodguilt on him And bringback his 25reproach to him.