Oséias 12

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 The LORD has a charge to bring against Judah; he will punish Jacob [^2] according to his ways ¶ and repay him according to his deeds.

3 In the womb he grasped his brother's heel; as a man he struggled with God.

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 the LORD God Almighty, the LORD is his name!

6 But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, ¶ and wait for your God always.

7 The merchant uses dishonest scales ¶ and loves to defraud.

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

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

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 Jacob fled to the country of Aram [^3] ; Israel served to get a wife, ¶ and to pay for her he tended sheep.

13 The LORD used a prophet to bring Israel up from Egypt, by a prophet he cared for him.

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

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