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Hosea 12 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:1 - [fn] The people of Israel[fn] feed on the wind;
they chase after the east wind all day long.
They pile up lies and violence;
they are making an alliance with Assyria
while sending olive oil to buy support from Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:2 - Now the LORD is bringing charges against Judah.
He is about to punish Jacob[fn] for all his deceitful ways,
and pay him back for all he has done.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:3 - Even in the womb,
Jacob struggled with his brother;
when he became a man,
he even fought with God.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:4 - Yes, he wrestled with the angel and won.
He wept and pleaded for a blessing from him.
There at Bethel he met God face to face,
and God spoke to him[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:5 - the LORD God of Heaven’s Armies,
the LORD is his name!
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:6 - So now, come back to your God.
Act with love and justice,
and always depend on him.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:7 - But no, the people are like crafty merchants
selling from dishonest scales—
they love to cheat.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:8 - Israel boasts, “I am rich!
I’ve made a fortune all by myself!
No one has caught me cheating!
My record is spotless!”
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:9 - “But I am the LORD your God,
who rescued you from slavery in Egypt.
And I will make you live in tents again,
as you do each year at the Festival of Shelters.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:10 - I sent my prophets to warn you
with many visions and parables.”
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:11 - But the people of Gilead are worthless
because of their idol worship.
And in Gilgal, too, they sacrifice bulls;
their altars are lined up like the heaps of stone
along the edges of a plowed field.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:12 - Jacob fled to the land of Aram,
and there he[fn] earned a wife by tending sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:13 - Then by a prophet
the LORD brought Jacob’s descendants[fn] out of Egypt;
and by that prophet
they were protected.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 12:14 - But the people of Israel
have bitterly provoked the LORD,
so their Lord will now sentence them to death
in payment for their sins.
NLT Footnotes
Verses 12:1-14 are numbered 12:2-15 in Hebrew text.
Hebrew Ephraim, referring to the northern kingdom of Israel; also in 12:8, 14.
Jacob sounds like the Hebrew word for “deceiver.”
As in Greek and Syriac versions; Hebrew reads to us.
Hebrew as in the days of your appointed feast.
Hebrew Israel. See note on 10:11b.
Hebrew brought Israel. See note on 10:11b.

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