Ephraim Reminded

[a]Ephraim feeds on wind,

And pursues the east wind continually;

He multiplies lies and violence.

Moreover, [b]he makes a covenant with Assyria,

And oil is brought to Egypt.

The Lord also has a case against Judah,

And will punish Jacob according to his ways;

He will repay him according to his deeds.

In the womb he took his brother by the heel,

And in his mature strength he contended with God.

Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed;

He wept and implored His favor.

He found Him at Bethel,

And there He spoke with us,

And the Lord, the God of armies,

The Lord is His [c]name.

So as for you, return to your God,

Maintain [d]kindness and justice,

And wait for your God continually.

A [e]merchant, in whose hands are fraudulent balances,

Loves to exploit.

And Ephraim said, “I have certainly become rich,

I have found wealth for myself;

In all my labors they will find in me

No wrongdoing, which would be sin.”

But I have been the Lord your God since the land of Egypt;

I will make you live in tents again,

As in the days of the appointed festival.

10 I have also spoken to the prophets,

And I [f]provided many visions,

And through the prophets I spoke in parables.

11 Is there injustice in Gilead?

Certainly they are worthless.

In Gilgal they sacrifice bulls,

Yes, their altars are like stone heaps

Beside the furrows of a field.

12 Now Jacob fled to the [g]land of Aram,

And Israel worked for a wife,

And for a wife he kept sheep.

13 But by a prophet the Lord brought Israel up from Egypt,

And by a prophet he was protected.

14 Ephraim has provoked God to bitter anger;

So his Lord will leave his guilt for bloodshed on him

And bring his disgrace back to him.


  1. Hosea 12:1 Ch 12:2 in Heb
  2. Hosea 12:1 Lit they make
  3. Hosea 12:5 Lit invocation
  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