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Oséias 12

1 Ephraim feeds on wind and follows after the east wind; he daily increases lies and desolation because they made a covenant with the Assyrians, and [the] oil is carried into Egypt.

2 The LORD also has a controversy with Judah to visit Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him.

3 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and with his strength he overcame the angel;

4 [yea], he dominated the angel and prevailed; he wept and made supplication unto him; he found him [in] Bethel, and there he spoke with us;

5 but the LORD is God of the hosts; the LORD [is] his memorial.

6 Therefore be thou converted unto thy God; keep mercy and judgment, and in thy God wait continually.

7 [He is] a merchant who has the balances of deceit in his hand; he loves to oppress.

8 And Ephraim said, Surely I have become rich, I have found riches for myself; no one shall find iniquity in me, nor sin in all my labours.

9 But I [am] the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt; I will yet make thee to dwell in tents as in the days of the solemn feast.

10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the hand of the prophets.

11 Is Gilead iniquity? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars [are] as heaps in the furrows of the fields.

12 But Jacob fled into the land of Aram, and Israel served for [his] wife, and for [his] wife he was a pastor.

13 And by [a] prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by [a] prophet he was preserved.

14 Ephraim provoked [God] to anger with bitterness: therefore his blood shall be spilled upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord repay unto him.:

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