12  Ephraim feeds on the wind

and pursues zthe east wind all day long;

they multiply yfalsehood and violence;

athey make a covenant with Assyria,

and boil is carried to Egypt.

 The Lord’s Indictment of Israel and Judah

cThe Lord has an indictment against Judah

and will punish Jacob according to his ways;

he will repay him according to his deeds.

  dIn the womb he took his brother by the heel,

and in his manhood he strove with God.

  He strove with the angel and prevailed;

he wept and sought his favor.

eHe met God1 at Bethel,

and there God spoke with us—

  the Lord, the God of hosts,

fthe Lord is his memorial name:

  “So you, gby the help of your God, return,

hhold fast to love and justice,

and wait continually for your God.”

  A merchant, in whose hands are ifalse balances,

he loves jto oppress.

  Ephraim has said, “Ah, but kI am rich;

I have found wealth for myself;

in all my labors lthey cannot find in me iniquity or sin.”

  mI am the Lord your God

from the land of Egypt;

I will again make you ndwell in tents,

as in the days of the appointed feast.

  10  oI spoke to the prophets;

it was I who multiplied pvisions,

and through the prophets gave parables.

  11  qIf there is iniquity in Gilead,

they shall surely come to nothing:

rin Gilgal they sacrifice bulls;

stheir altars also are like stone heaps

ton the furrows of the field.

  12  uJacob fled to the land of Aram;

there Israel vserved for a wife,

and for a wife he guarded sheep.

  13  By wa prophet xthe Lord brought Israel up from Egypt,

and by a prophet he was guarded.

  14  yEphraim has given bitter provocation;

so his Lord zwill leave his bloodguilt on him

aand will repay him for his disgraceful deeds.

Loading