Old Testament

Hosea 12
121Ephraim feeds on wind
and chases the east wind all day.
He multiplies lies and violence.
They make a treaty with Assyria,
and olive oil is carried to Egypt.
2The Lord has a case against Judah.
He will deal with Jacob according to his ways.
According to his deeds he will repay him.
3In the womb Jacob grasped his brother by the heel,
and when he was a grown man, he struggled with God.
4He wrestled with the Angel and prevailed.
He wept and sought his favor.
He found him at Bethel, and there he spoke with him,[]
5namely, with the Lord, the God of Armies.
The Lord is the name by which he is to be remembered!
6So return to your God.
Observe mercy and justice,
and wait for your God continually.
7A merchant has fraudulent scales in his hand.
He loves to defraud others.
8Ephraim said, “Surely I have become rich.
I have secured wealth for myself.
Among all my possessions no one will find anything that makes me guilty of sin.”
9But I have been the Lord your God from the time you left the land of Egypt.
I will make you dwell in tents again,
as in the days of the appointed festival.[]
10I have spoken to the prophets.
I have given numerous visions.
I taught meaningful lessons through the prophets.
11Since Gilead is wicked,
it is certain that they are worthless.
In Gilgal they sacrifice bulls.
Yes, their altars are like piles of stones in the furrows of a field.
12Jacob fled to the territory of Aram.
Israel worked as a servant to get a wife,
and for a wife, he took care of sheep.
13By a prophet, the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt,
and by a prophet he took care of Israel.
14Ephraim has provoked bitter anger.
Therefore his Lord will leave him bloodied by his guilt
and bring his disgrace back on him.


  • 12:4 Variant us
  • 12:9 The Festival of Shelters in the autumn