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Hosea 12 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:1 - Ephraim feeds on the wind; he pursues the east wind all day and multiplies lies and violence. He makes a treaty with Assyria and sends olive oil to Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:2 - The LORD has a charge to bring against Judah; he will punish Jacob[fn] according to his ways and repay him according to his deeds.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:3 - In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel; as a man he struggled with God.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:4 - He struggled with the angel and overcame him; he wept and begged for his favor. He found him at Bethel and talked with him there—
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:5 - the LORD God Almighty, the LORD is his name!
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:6 - But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:7 - The merchant uses dishonest scales and loves to defraud.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:8 - Ephraim boasts, “I am very rich; I have become wealthy. With all my wealth they will not find in me any iniquity or sin.”
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:9 - “I have been the LORD your God ever since you came out of Egypt; I will make you live in tents again, as in the days of your appointed festivals.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:10 - I spoke to the prophets, gave them many visions and told parables through them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:11 - Is Gilead wicked? Its people are worthless! Do they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal? Their altars will be like piles of stones on a plowed field.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:12 - Jacob fled to the country of Aram[fn]; Israel served to get a wife, and to pay for her he tended sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:13 - The LORD used a prophet to bring Israel up from Egypt, by a prophet he cared for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:14 - But Ephraim has aroused his bitter anger; his Lord will leave on him the guilt of his bloodshed and will repay him for his contempt.
NIV Footnotes
Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he takes advantage of or he deceives.
That is, Northwest Mesopotamia

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