Ephraim herds the wind, and pursues the east wind all day long; they multiply falsehood and violence; they make a treaty with Assyria, and oil is carried to Egypt.
The Lord has an indictment against Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways, and repay him according to his deeds.
In the womb he tried to supplant his brother, and in his manhood he strove with God.
He strove with the angel and prevailed, he wept and sought his favor; he met him at Bethel, and there he spoke with him. a5
The Lord the God of hosts, the Lord is his name!
But as for you, return to your God, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God.
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