Ephraim Rebuked for Falsehood and Oppression
121 Ephraim is enjoying wind, And is pursuing an east wind, All the day lying and spoiling he multiplieth, And a covenant with Asshur they make, And oil to Egypt is carried. 2 And a controversy hath Jehovah with Judah, To lay a charge on Jacob according to his ways, According to his doings He returneth to him. 3 In the womb he took his brother by the heel, And by his strength he was a prince with God, 4 Yea, he is a prince unto the Messenger, And he overcometh 'by' weeping, And he maketh supplication to Him, At Bethel He doth find him, And there He doth speak with us, 5 Even Jehovah, God of the Hosts, Jehovah 'is' His memorial. 6 And thou, through thy God, dost turn, Kindness and judgment keep thou, And wait on thy God continually.
7 Canaan! in his hand 'are' balances of deceit! To oppress he hath loved. 8 And Ephraim saith: 'Surely I have become rich, I have found wealth for myself, All my labours—they find not against me iniquity that 'is' sin.' 9 And I—Jehovah thy God from the land of Egypt, Again do I turn thee back into tents, As in the days of the appointed time. 10 And I have spoken unto the prophets, And I have multiplied vision, And by the hand of the prophets I use similes. 11 Surely Gilead 'is' iniquity, Only, vanity they have been, In Gilead bullocks they have sacrificed, Also their altars 'are' as heaps, on the furrows of a field. 12 And Jacob doth flee to the country of Aram, And Israel doth serve for a wife, Yea, for a wife he hath kept watch. 13 And by a prophet hath Jehovah brought up Israel out of Egypt, And by a prophet it hath been watched. 14 Ephraim hath provoked most bitterly, And his blood on himself he leaveth, And his reproach turn back to him doth his Lord!