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Israel’s Sin

12 [a]“Ephraim feeds on the wind,
    chasing after the eastern winds,
        storing up lies and desolation day after day.
They are making a contract with the Assyrians,
    and sending oil to Egypt.
The Lord accuses Judah,
    and will punish Jacob according to his ways;
        he will repay him for what he does.
He circumvented his brother[b] in the womb,
    and as an adult he fought with God.

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  1. Hosea 12:1 This v. is 12:2 in MT, and so throughout the chapter.
  2. Hosea 12:3 Lit. He grabbed his brother by the heal

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