Hosea 12

1 Efrayim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind; he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt (Mitsrayim).

2 יהוה hath also a controversy with Judah (Yehudah), and will punish Jacob (Yaaqov) according to his ways; according to his doings will He recompense him.

3 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God (Elohim).

4 Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed; he wept, and made supplication unto him; he found him in Bethel (Beit-El), and there he spake with us;

5 Even יהוה God of hosts (YHWH Elohei Tsevaot); יהוה is His memorial.

6 Therefore turn you to your God (Elohim); keep mercy and judgment, and wait on your God (Elohim) continually.

7 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand; he loveth to oppress.

8 And Efrayim said, “Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance; in all my labors they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin.”

9 “And I that am יהוה your God (Elohim) from the land of Egypt (Mitsrayim) will yet make you to dwell in tabernacles, 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 ministry of the prophets.”

11 Is there iniquity in Gilad? Surely they are vanity; they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields.

12 And Jacob (Yaaqov) fled into the country of Syria (Aram), and Yisrael served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.

13 And by a prophet יהוה brought Yisrael out of Egypt (Mitsrayim), and by a prophet was he preserved.

14 Efrayim provoked Him to anger most bitterly; therefore shall He leave his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord (Adonai) return unto him.