1Ephraim feeds on the wind
and pursues the east wind all day long;
they multiply falsehood and violence;
they make a covenant with Assyria,
and oil is carried to Egypt.
The Lord's Indictment of Israel and Judah
2The Lord has an indictment against Judah
and will punish Jacob according to his ways;
he will repay him according to his deeds.
3In the womb he took his brother by the heel,
and in his manhood he strove with God.
4He strove with the angel and prevailed;
he wept and sought his favor.
He met God1 at Bethel,
and there God spoke with us—
5the Lord, the God of hosts,
the Lord is his memorial name:
6“So you, by the help of your God, return,
hold fast to love and justice,
and wait continually for your God.”
7A merchant, in whose hands are false balances,
he loves to oppress.
8Ephraim has said, “Ah, but I am rich;
I have found wealth for myself;
in all my labors they cannot find in me iniquity or sin.”
9I am the Lord your God
from the land of Egypt;
I will again make you dwell in tents,
as in the days of the appointed feast.
10I spoke to the prophets;
it was I who multiplied visions,
and through the prophets gave parables.
11If there is iniquity in Gilead,
they shall surely come to nothing:
in Gilgal they sacrifice bulls;
their altars also are like stone heaps
on the furrows of the field.
12Jacob fled to the land of Aram;
there Israel served for a wife,
and for a wife he guarded sheep.
13By a prophet the Lord brought Israel up from Egypt,
and by a prophet he was guarded.
14Ephraim has given bitter provocation;
so his Lord will leave his bloodguilt on him
and will repay him for his disgraceful deeds.
- 1 12:4 Hebrew him
Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.