Ephraim Reminded

12 [a]Ephraim feeds on (A)wind,
And pursues the (B)east wind continually;
He multiplies lies and violence.
Moreover, [b]he makes a covenant with Assyria,
And oil is carried to Egypt.
The Lord also has a (C)dispute with Judah,
And will punish Jacob (D)according to his ways;
He will repay him according to his deeds.
In the womb he (E)took his brother by the heel,
And in his maturity he (F)contended with God.
Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed;
He wept and (G)sought His favor.
He found Him at (H)Bethel
And there He spoke with us,
Even the Lord, the God of hosts,
The Lord is His [c](I)name.
Therefore, (J)return to your God,
(K)Observe [d]kindness and justice,
And (L)wait for your God continually.
A [e]merchant, in whose hands are false (M)balances,
He loves to oppress.
And Ephraim said, “Surely I have become (N)rich,
I have found wealth for myself;
In all my labors they will find in me
(O)No iniquity, which would be sin.”
But I have been the Lord your God since the land of Egypt;
I will make you (P)live in tents again,
As in the days of the appointed festival.
10 I have also spoken to the (Q)prophets,
And I [f]gave numerous visions,
And through the prophets I gave (R)parables.
11 Is there iniquity in Gilead?
Surely they are worthless.
In Gilgal they sacrifice bulls,
Yes, (S)their altars are like the stone heaps
Beside the furrows of the field.

12 Now (T)Jacob fled to the [g]land of Aram,
And (U)Israel worked for a wife,
And for a wife he kept sheep.
13 But by a (V)prophet the Lord brought Israel from Egypt,
And by a prophet he was kept.
14 (W)Ephraim has provoked to bitter anger;
So his Lord will leave his (X)bloodguilt on him
And bring back his (Y)reproach to him.


  1. Hosea 12:1 Ch 12:2 in Heb
  2. Hosea 12:1 Lit they make
  3. Hosea 12:5 Lit memorial
  4. Hosea 12:6 Or loyalty
  5. Hosea 12:7 Or Canaanite
  6. Hosea 12:10 Lit multiplied the vision
  7. Hosea 12:12 Lit field

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