Hosea 12

1 Ephraim feeds on the wind and pursues 1the east wind all day long; they multiply 2falsehood and violence; 3they make a covenant with Assyria, and 4oil is carried to Egypt.

The Lord's Indictment of Israel and Judah

2 5The LORD has an indictment against Judah and will punish Jacob according to his ways; he will repay him according to his deeds.
3 6In the womb he took his brother by the heel, and in his manhood he strove with God.
4 He strove with the angel and prevailed; he wept and sought his favor. 7He met Goda at Bethel, and there God spoke with us--
5 the LORD, the God of hosts, 8the LORD is his memorial name:
6 "So you, 9by the help of your God, return, 10hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God."
7 A merchant, in whose hands are 11false balances, he loves 12to oppress.
8 Ephraim has said, "Ah, but 13I am rich; I have found wealth for myself; in all my labors 14they cannot find in me iniquity or sin."
9 15I am the LORD your God from the land of Egypt; I will again make you 16dwell in tents, as in the days of the appointed feast.
10 17I spoke to the prophets; it was I who multiplied 18visions, and through the prophets gave parables.
11 19If there is iniquity in Gilead, they shall surely come to nothing: 20in Gilgal they sacrifice bulls; 21their altars also are like stone heaps 22on the furrows of the field.
12 23Jacob fled to the land of Aram; there Israel 24served for a wife, and for a wife he guarded sheep.
13 By 25a prophet 26the LORD brought Israel up from Egypt, and by a prophet he was guarded.
14 27Ephraim has given bitter provocation; so his Lord 28will leave his bloodguilt on him 29and will repay him for his disgraceful deeds.