Hosea 12 TNIV

1 Ephraim1 feeds on the wind;2 he pursues the east wind all day and multiplies lies and violence.3 He makes a treaty with Assyria4 and sends olive oil to Egypt.5

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2 The LORD has a charge6 to bring against Judah;7 he will punish8 Jacoba according to his ways and repay him according to his deeds.9

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    • a 12:2 - "Jacob" means "he grasps the heel", a Hebrew idiom for "he takes advantage of" or "he deceives".
      3 In the womb he grasped his brother's heel;10 as a man he struggled11 with God.

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      4 He struggled with the angel and overcame him; he wept and begged for his favor. He found him at Bethel12 and talked with him there--

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      5 the LORD God Almighty, the LORD is his name!13

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      6 But you must return14 to your God; maintain love and justice,15 and wait for your God always.16

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      7 The merchants use dishonest scales;17 they love to defraud.

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      8 Ephraim boasts,18 "I am very rich; I have become wealthy.19 With all my wealth they will not find in me any iniquity or sin."

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      9 "I have been the LORD your God ever since you came out of Egypt;20 I will make you live in tents21 again, as in the days of your appointed festivals.

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      10 I spoke to the prophets, gave them many visions and told parables22 through them."23

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      11 Is Gilead wicked?24 Its people are worthless! Do they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal?25 Their altars will be like piles of stones on a plowed field.26

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      12 Jacob fled to the country of Aramb;27 Israel served to get a wife, and to pay for her he tended sheep.28

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        • b 12:12 - That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
          13 The LORD used a prophet to bring Israel up from Egypt,29 by a prophet he cared for him.30

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          14 But Ephraim has aroused his bitter anger; his Lord will leave on him the guilt of his bloodshed31 and will repay him for his contempt.32

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