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.
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.
4 In the belly he supplanted his brother, and by his vigor he contended as··a··prince with◦ God;
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;
6 even▵ Jehovah God of Armies; Jehovah is his remembrance.
7 And return thou◦ to thy God; keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.
8 Canaan*, the balances of deceit are in his hand; he loves to oppress.
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.
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.
11 And I will speak by◦ the prophets, and I▵ will multiply visions, and by the hand of the prophets I will use··likenesses.
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.
13 And Jacob ran··away into the field of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.
14 And by a prophet Jehovah brought· Israel ·up out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he guarded.
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.