|Hos 12:1 Ephraim feeds on wind,
And pursues the east wind continually;
He multiplies lies and violence.
Moreover, he makes a covenant with Assyria,
And oil is carried to Egypt.
|Hos 12:2 The LORD also has a dispute with Judah,
And will punish Jacob according to his ways;
He will repay him according to his deeds.
|Hos 12:3 In the womb he took his brother by the heel,
And in his maturity he contended with God.
|Hos 12:4 Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed;
He wept and sought His favor.
He found Him at Bethel
And there He spoke with us,
|Hos 12:5 Even the LORD, the God of hosts,
The LORD is His name.
|Hos 12:6 Therefore, return to your God,
Observe kindness and justice,
And wait for your God continually.
|Hos 12:7 A merchant, in whose hands are false balances,
He loves to oppress.
|Hos 12:8 And Ephraim said, "Surely I have become rich,
I have found wealth for myself;
In all my labors they will find in me
No iniquity, which would be sin."
|Hos 12:9 But I have been the LORD your God since the land of Egypt;
I will make you live in tents again,
As in the days of the appointed festival.
|Hos 12:10 I have also spoken to the prophets,
And I gave numerous visions,
And through the prophets I gave parables.
|Hos 12:11 Is there iniquity in Gilead?
Surely they are worthless.
In Gilgal they sacrifice bulls,
Yes, their altars are like the stone heaps
Beside the furrows of the field.
|Hos 12:12 ¶ Now Jacob fled to the land of Aram,
And Israel worked for a wife,
And for a wife he kept sheep.
|Hos 12:13 But by a prophet the LORD brought Israel from Egypt,
And by a prophet he was kept.
|Hos 12:14 Ephraim has provoked to bitter anger;
So his Lord will leave his bloodguilt on him
And bring back his reproach to him.