Hosea 12 (New American Standard)

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Ephraim Reminded

1 aEphraim feeds on 1wind, And pursues the 2east wind continually ; He multiplies lies and violence. Moreover, bhe makes a covenant with Assyria, And oil is carried to Egypt. 2 The LORD also has a 3dispute with Judah, And will punish Jacob 4according to his ways; He will repay him according to his deeds. 3 In the womb he 5took his brother by the heel, And in his maturity he 6contended with God. 4 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, 5 Even the LORD, the God of hosts, The LORD is His c9name. 6 Therefore, 10return to your God, 11Observe dkindness and justice, And 12wait for your God continually. 7 A emerchant, in whose hands are false 13balances, He loves to oppress. 8 And Ephraim said, "Surely I have become 14rich, I have found wealth for myself; In all my labors they will find in me 15No iniquity, which would be sin." 9 But I have been the LORD your God since the land of Egypt; I will make you 16live in tents again, As in the days of the appointed festival. 10 I have also spoken to the 17prophets, And I fgave numerous visions, And through the prophets I gave 18parables. 11 Is there iniquity in Gilead? Surely they are worthless. In Gilgal they sacrifice bulls, Yes, 19their altars are like the stone heaps Beside the furrows of the field. 12 Now 20Jacob fled to the gland of Aram, And 21Israel worked for a wife, And for a wife he kept sheep. 13 But by a 22prophet the LORD brought Israel from Egypt, And by a prophet he was kept. 14 23Ephraim has provoked to bitter anger; So his Lord will leave his 24bloodguilt on him And bring back his 25reproach to him.
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