12 [a]Ephraim feeds on wind, And pursues the east wind continually; He multiplies lies and violence. Moreover, [b]he makes a covenant with Assyria, And oil is brought to Egypt. 2 The Lord also has a case against Judah, And will punish Jacob according to his ways; He will repay him according to his deeds. 3 In the womb he took his brother by the heel, And in his mature strength he contended with God. 4 Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed; He wept and implored His favor. He found Him at Bethel, And there He spoke with us, 5 And the Lord, the God of armies, The Lord is His [c]name. 6 So as for you, return to your God, Maintain [d]kindness and justice, And wait for your God continually. 7 A [e]merchant, in whose hands are fraudulent balances, Loves to exploit. 8 And Ephraim said, “I have certainly become rich, I have found wealth for myself; In all my labors they will find in me No wrongdoing, which would be sin.” 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. 10 I have also spoken to the prophets, And I [f]provided many visions, And through the prophets I spoke in parables. 11 Is there injustice in Gilead? Certainly they are worthless. In Gilgal they sacrifice bulls, Yes, their altars are like stone heaps Beside the furrows of a field.
12 Now Jacob fled to the [g]land of Aram, And Israel worked for a wife, And for a wife he kept sheep. 13 But by a prophet the Lord brought Israel up from Egypt, And by a prophet he was protected. 14 Ephraim has provoked God to bitter anger; So his Lord will leave his guilt for bloodshed on him And bring his disgrace back to him.
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