Hoshea 12


Hosea 12

 1  Ephrayim is feeding on wind, and pursuing an east wind. All the day he increases falsehood and ruin. And they make a covenant with Ashshur, and oil is sent to Mitsrayim.

2  And יהוה has a controversy with Yahuḏah, to punish Yaʽaqoḇ according to his ways, to repay him according to his deeds.

3  He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and in his strength he strove with Elohim.

4  He strove with the Messenger and overcame, he wept and sought His favour. He found Him in Bĕyth Ěl, and there He spoke to us - 

5  even יהוה Elohim of hosts, יהוה is His remembrance.

6  Therefore, return to your Elohim. Guard kindness and right-ruling, and wait on your Elohim continually.

7  A merchant! In his hand are scales of deceit, he loved to oppress.

8  And Ephrayim says, "Indeed, I have become rich, I have found wealth for myself. In all my labours they shall find in me no wickedness that is sin."

9  "But I am יהוה your Elohim since the land of Mitsrayim, again I shall make you dwell in tents as in the days of the Appointed Time. 

10  "And I have spoken to the neḇi'im, and have increased visions. And through the nebi'im I gave parables."

11  Is Gilʽaḏ wicked? Certainly, they have been false! In Gilgal they have offered bulls. Also their altars are as heaps on a ploughed field.

12  And when Yaʽaqoḇ fled to the country of Aram, Yisra'ĕl served for a wife, and for a wife he kept watch.

13  And by a naḇi יהוה brought Yisra'ĕl out of Mitsrayim, and by a naḇi he was watched over.

14  Ephrayim has provoked most bitterly. So his Master left his blood-guilt on him, and repaid him for his reproach.

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