Hosea 12 ©

1Ephraim and Judah are both reproved. 3In consideration of God's former favours to Jacob they are exhorted to repent. 7Ephraim's sins and ingratitude provoke God.


EPHRAIM feedeth on awind, and followeth after the east wind: bhe daily increaseth lies and desolation; and cthey do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and doil is carried into Egypt.


eThe LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will 1punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his fdoings will he recompense him.

f Ga. 6.7,8.

¶He took his brother gby the heel in the womb, and by his strength hhe 2had power with God:


Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in iBeth-el, and there he spake jwith us;


Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his kmemorial.


lTherefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.


He is 3a merchant, the mbalances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to 4oppress.


And Ephraim said, nYet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: 5in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me 6that were sin.


And I othat am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt pwill yet make thee to dwell in *tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast.


I have also qspoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used rsimilitudes, 7by the ministry of the prophets.


sIs there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, ttheir altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields.


And Jacob ufled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.


vAnd by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.


wEphraim provoked him to anger 8most bitterly: xtherefore shall he leave his 9blood upon him, and his yreproach shall his Lord return unto him.