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HOSEA · Chapter 12
12:1 Ephraim feeds on wind, and follows after the east wind: he daily
increases lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians,
and oil is carried into Egypt.
12:2 The LORD has also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him.
12:3 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:
12:4 Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spoke with us;
12:5 Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his memorial.
12:6 Therefore turn you to your God: keep mercy and judgment and wait on your God continually.
12:7 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loves to oppress.
12:8 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.
12:9 And I that am the LORD your God from the land of Egypt will yet make you to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast.
12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.
12:11 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.
12:12 And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.
12:13 And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.
12:14 Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly: therefore shall he leave his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his LORD return unto him.
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