Hosea 12 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Ephraim, obsessed with god-fantasies, chases ghosts and phantoms. He tells lies nonstop, soul-destroying lies. Both Ephraim and Judah made deals with Assyria and tried to get an inside track with Egypt. 1 Ephraim feeds on the wind; he pursues the east wind all day and multiplies lies and violence. He makes a treaty with Assyria and sends olive oil to Egypt.
2 God is bringing charges against Israel. Jacob's children are hauled into court to be punished. 2 The LORD has a charge to bring against Judah; he will punish Jacob according to his ways and repay him according to his deeds.
3 In the womb, that heel, Jacob, got the best of his brother. When he grew up, he tried to get the best of God. 3 In the womb he grasped his brother's heel; as a man he struggled with God.
4 But God would not be bested. God bested him. Brought to his knees, Jacob wept and prayed. God found him at Bethel. That's where he spoke with him. 4 He struggled with the angel and overcame him; he wept and begged for his favor. He found him at Bethel and talked with him there--
5 God is God-of-the-Angel-Armies, God-Revealed, God-Known. 5 the LORD God Almighty, the LORD is his name of renown!
6 What are you waiting for? Return to your God! Commit yourself in love, in justice! Wait for your God, and don't give up on him - ever! 6 But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.
7 The businessmen engage in wholesale fraud. They love to rip people off! 7 The merchant uses dishonest scales; he loves to defraud.
8 Ephraim boasted, "Look, I'm rich! I've made it big! And look how well I've covered my tracks: not a hint of fraud, not a sign of sin!" 8 Ephraim boasts, "I am very rich; I have become wealthy. With all my wealth they will not find in me any iniquity or sin."
9 "But not so fast! I'm God, your God! Your God from the days in Egypt! I'm going to put you back to living in tents, as in the old days when you worshiped in the wilderness. 9 "I am the LORD your God, [who brought you] out of Egypt; I will make you live in tents again, as in the days of your appointed feasts.
10 I speak through the prophets to give clear pictures of the way things are. Using prophets, I tell revealing stories. 10 I spoke to the prophets, gave them many visions and told parables through them."
11 I show Gilead rampant with religious scandal and Gilgal teeming with empty-headed religion. I expose their worship centers as stinking piles of garbage in their gardens." 11 Is Gilead wicked? Its people are worthless! Do they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal? Their altars will be like piles of stones on a plowed field.
12 Are you going to repeat the life of your ancestor Jacob? He ran off guilty to Aram, Then sold his soul to get ahead, and made it big through treachery and deceit. 12 Jacob fled to the country of Aram; Israel served to get a wife, and to pay for her he tended sheep.
13 Your real identity is formed through God-sent prophets, who led you out of Egypt and served as faithful pastors. 13 The LORD used a prophet to bring Israel up from Egypt, by a prophet he cared for him.
14 As it is, Ephraim has continually and inexcusably insulted God. Now he has to pay for his life-destroying ways. His Master will do to him what he has done. 14 But Ephraim has bitterly provoked him to anger; his Lord will leave upon him the guilt of his bloodshed and will repay him for his contempt.