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Ephraim Multiplies Lies

12 “Ephraim surrounded Me with lies[a]
and the house of Israel with deceit.”
Though Judah roams restlessly with God,
yet he is faithful with holy things.[b]
Ephraim is grazing on wind
and pursuing the east wind.
All day he multiplies lies and ruin:
    making[c] a pact with Assyria,
    while carrying oil to Egypt.
Adonai also has a dispute with Judah:
He will punish Jacob for his ways,
    repaying him for his deeds.

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  1. Hosea 12:1 Traditional Christian text numbers as 11:12 to 12:14.
  2. Hosea 12:1 Or, to the Holy One.
  3. Hosea 12:2 Lit. they are making.

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