Hosea, Chapter 12

Ephraim [circles] around Me with lying, and the house of Israel with deceit. But Judah still rules with God, and is faithful with the saints.

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Ephraim feeds on wind and follows after the east wind. He daily multiplies lies and cruelty. And they make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.

The LORD also has a quarrel with Judah and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings He will repay him.

He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God.

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Yes, he wept and cried to Him, and he had power over the Angel and overcame. He found him [in] Bethel, and there He spoke with us,

even the LORD God of hosts. Jehovah [is] his memorial.

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Therefore turn to your God; keep mercy and judgment, and wait on your God forever.

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He [is] a merchant; the scales of deceit [are] in his hand; he loves to oppress.

And Ephraim said, Yet I have become rich, I have found much wealth for myself. [In] all my labors they shall find in me no iniquity that is sin.

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And I the LORD, who have been your God from the land of Egypt, will yet make you to dwell in tents as in the days of the appointed feast.

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I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions and have used parables by the hand of the prophets.

[Is there] iniquity in Gilead? Surely they are vanity; they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal. Yes, their altars [are] as heaps in the furrows of the fields.

And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept watch.

And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet he was kept safe.

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Ephraim provoked [Me] to anger most bitterly; therefore he shall leave his blood on him, and his Lord shall turn his reproach to him.

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