Hosea 12 NLT

1 a The people of Israelb feed on the wind; they chase after the east wind all day long. They pile up lies and violence; they are making an alliance with Assyria while sending olive oil to buy support from Egypt.

References for Hosea 12:1

    • 12:1 - Verses 12:1-14 are numbered 12:2-15 in Hebrew text.
    • 12:1 - Hebrew Ephraim, referring to the northern kingdom of Israel; also in 12:8, 14 .
      2 Now the is bringing charges against Judah. He is about to punish Jacobc for all his deceitful ways, and pay him back for all he has done.

      References for Hosea 12:2

        • 12:2 - Jacob sounds like the Hebrew word for “deceiver.”
          3 Even in the womb, Jacob 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 himd

          References for Hosea 12:4

            • 12:4 - As in Greek and Syriac versions; Hebrew reads to us.
              5 the God of Heaven’s Armies, the is his name!
              6 So now, come back to your God. Act with love and justice, and always depend on him.
              7 But no, the people are like crafty merchants selling from dishonest scales— they love to cheat.
              8 Israel boasts, “I am rich! I’ve made a fortune all by myself! No one has caught me cheating! My record is spotless!”
              9 “But I am the your God, who rescued you from slavery in Egypt. And I will make you live in tents again, as you do each year at the Festival of Shelters.e

              References for Hosea 12:9

                • 12:9 - Hebrew as in the days of your appointed feast.
                  10 I sent my prophets to warn you with many visions and parables.”
                  11 But the people of Gilead are worthless because of their idol worship. 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 there hef earned a wife by tending sheep.

                  References for Hosea 12:12

                    • 12:12 - Hebrew Israel. See note on 10:11b .
                      13 Then by a prophet the brought Jacob’s descendantsg out of Egypt; and by that prophet they were protected.

                      References for Hosea 12:13

                        • 12:13 - Hebrew brought Israel. See note on 10:11b .
                          14 But the people of Israel have bitterly provoked the , so their Lord will now sentence them to death in payment for their sins.