Hosea 12 NLT

1 The people of Israel a feed on the wind; they chase after the east wind all day long. They multiply lies and violence; they make alliances with Assyria and cut deals with the Egyptians.

References for Hosea 12:1

    • „ 12:1 - Hebrew <I>Ephraim,</I> referring to the northern kingdom of Israel; also in 12:8, 14.
      2 Now the LORD is bringing a lawsuit against Judah. He is about to punish Jacob b for all his deceitful ways.

      References for Hosea 12:2

        • … 12:2 - <I>Jacob</I> means "he grasps at the heel"; this can also figuratively mean "he deceives."
          3 Before Jacob was born, he struggled with his brother; when he became a man, he even fought with God.
          4 Yes, he wrestled with the angel and won. He wept and pleaded for a blessing from him. There at Bethel he met God face to face, and God spoke to him c --

          References for Hosea 12:4

            • † 12:4 - As in Greek and Syriac versions; Hebrew reads <I>to us.</I>
              5 the LORD God Almighty, the LORD is his name!
              6 So now, come back to your God! Act on the principles of love and justice, and always live in confident dependence on your God.
              7 But no, the people are like crafty merchants selling from dishonest scales -- they love to cheat.
              8 Israel boasts, "I am rich, and I've gotten it all by myself! No one can say I got it by cheating! My record is spotless!"
              9 "I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from your slavery in Egypt. And I will make you live in tents again, as you do each year when you celebrate the Festival of Shelters. d

              References for Hosea 12:9

                • ‡ 12:9 - Hebrew <I>as in the days of your appointed feast.</I>
                  10 I sent my prophets to warn you with many visions and parables."
                  11 But Gilead is filled with sinners who worship idols. And in Gilgal, too, they sacrifice bulls; their altars are lined up like the heaps of stone along the edges of a plowed field.
                  12 Jacob fled to the land of Aram and earned a wife by tending sheep.
                  13 Then the LORD led Jacob's descendants, the Israelites, out of Egypt by a prophet, who guided and protected them.
                  14 But the people of Israel have bitterly provoked the LORD, so their Lord will now sentence them to death in payment for their sins.