Hosea 12 King James Version

Ephraim Rebuked for Falsehood and Oppression

12 Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt. 2  The Lord hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish [1] Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him. 3  He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God: 4  Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us; 5  Even the Lord God of hosts; the Lord is his memorial. 6  Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.

7  He is a merchant, [2] the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress. 8  And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin. 9  And I that am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast. 10  I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry [3] of the prophets. 11  Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields. 12  And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep. 13  And by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved. 14  Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly: therefore shall he leave his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord return unto him.

Footnotes

[1] 12:2 punish: Heb. visit upon

[2] 12:7 a merchant: or, Canaan

[3] 12:10 ministry: Heb. hand

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