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Hosea 12 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Ephraim’s Sins Rebuked by God

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:1 - “Ephraim feeds on the wind,
And pursues the east wind;
He daily increases lies and desolation.
Also they make a covenant with the Assyrians,
And oil is carried to Egypt.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:2 - “The LORD also brings a charge against Judah,
And will punish Jacob according to his ways;
According to his deeds He will recompense him.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:3 - He took his brother by the heel in the womb,
And in his strength he struggled with God.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:4 - Yes, he struggled with the Angel and prevailed;
He wept, and sought favor from Him.
He found Him in Bethel,
And there He spoke to us—

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:5 - That is, the LORD God of hosts.
The LORD is His memorable name.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:6 - So you, by the help of your God, return;
Observe mercy and justice,
And wait on your God continually.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:7 - “A cunning Canaanite!
Deceitful scales are in his hand;
He loves to oppress.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:8 - And Ephraim said,
‘Surely I have become rich,
I have found wealth for myself;
In all my labors
They shall find in me no iniquity that is sin.’

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:9 - “But I am the LORD your God,
Ever since the land of Egypt;
I will again make you dwell in tents,
As in the days of the appointed feast.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:10 - I have also spoken by the prophets,
And have multiplied visions;
I have given symbols through the witness of the prophets.”

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:11 - Though Gilead has idols—
Surely they are vanity—
Though they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal,
Indeed their altars shall be heaps in the furrows of the field.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:12 - Jacob fled to the country of Syria;
Israel served for a spouse,
And for a wife he tended sheep.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:13 - By a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt,
And by a prophet he was preserved.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:14 - Ephraim provoked Him to anger most bitterly;
Therefore his Lord will leave the guilt of his bloodshed upon him,
And return his reproach upon him.
NKJV Footnotes
Compare Genesis 32:28
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