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12HoseaPassage
1 Ephraim besieges me with lying, the House of Israel with duplicity. (But Judah still is on God's side, he is faithful to the Holy One.)            
2 Ephraim feeds himself on wind, all day he chases the wind from the East, he heaps up cheating and violence; they make a treaty with Assyria, at the same time sending oil to Egypt.            
3 Yahweh has a case against Judah, he will punish Jacob as his conduct merits, he will repay him as his deeds deserve.            
4 In the very womb he overreached his brother, in maturity he wrestled against God.            
5 He wrestled with the angel and beat him, he wept and pleaded with him. He met him at Bethel and there God spoke to us-            
6 yes, Yahweh, God Sabaoth, Yahweh is his title!            
7 So turn back with God's help, maintain faithful love and loyalty and always put your trust in your God.            
8 Merchants use fraudulent scales. To defraud is his delight.            
9 'How rich I have become!' says Ephraim, 'I have made a fortune.' But of all his gains he will keep nothing because of the sin of which he is guilty.            
10 But I have been Yahweh your God since your days in Egypt and will make you live in tents again as in the days of Meeting.            
11 I will speak through prophets, I will give vision after vision and through the ministry of prophets will speak in parables.            
12 Is Gilead a sink of iniquity? Yes, they are a worthless lot! At Gilgal they sacrifice to bulls, that is why their altars are like heaps of stones in a ploughed field.            
13 Jacob fled to the countryside of Aram, Israel slaved to win a wife, to win a wife he looked after sheep.            
14 By a prophet Yahweh brought Israel out of Egypt and by a prophet Israel was preserved.            
15 Ephraim gave bitter provocation- Yahweh will bring his bloodshed down on him, his Lord will repay him for his insult.            
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