Hosea 12



1 2 Ephraim pastures on wind, and pursues the east·​·wind; all the day he multiplies lies and devastation; and they do cut a covenant with Assyria, and oil is brought into Egypt.

2 3 And Jehovah has a strife with Judah, and will visit Jacob according·​·to his ways; according·​·to his actions will He return to him.

3 4 In the belly he supplanted his brother, and by his vigor he contended as·​·a·​·prince with God;

4 5 and he had contended as* a prince with the angel, and prevailed; he wept, and he asked· him ·for·​·grace: He found him in Bethel, and there He spoke with us;

5 6 even Jehovah God of Armies; Jehovah is his remembrance.

6 7 And return thou to thy God; keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.

7 8 Canaan*, the balances of deceit are in his hand; he loves to oppress.

8 9 And Ephraim said, Surely I am·​·rich, I have·​·found wealth* for myself; in all my toil they shall not find iniquity in me which is sin.

9 10 And I Jehovah thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast.

10 11 And I will speak by the prophets, and I will multiply visions, and by the hand of the prophets I will use·​·likenesses.

11 12 Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity; they sacrifice oxen in Gilgal; yes, their altars are as heaps upon the furrows of the fields.

12 13 And Jacob ran·​·away into the field of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.

13 14 And by a prophet Jehovah brought· Israel ·up out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he guarded.

14 15 Ephraim provoked Him to anger most·​·bitterly; and He shall abandon his bloods* on him, and his reproach shall his Lord return to him.

Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.