A reproof of Ephraim, Judah, and Jacob.
Hosea 12:1 Ephraim feedeth on winde, and followeth after the East winde: hee daily increaseth lies and desolation, and they doe make a couenant with the Assyrians, and oyle is caried into Egypt. Hosea 12:2 The LORD hath also a controuersie with Iudah, and will punish Iacob according to his wayes, according to his doings will he recompense him.
By former favours he exhorteth to repentance.
Hosea 12:3 Hee tooke his brother by the heele in the wombe, and by his strength he had power with God. Hosea 12:4 Yea, he had power ouer the Angel and preuailed: hee wept and made supplication vnto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with vs. Hosea 12:5 Euen the LORD God of hosts, the LORD [is] his memoriall. Hosea 12:6 Therefore turne thou to thy God: keepe mercie and iudgement, and wait on thy God continually.
Ephraim's sins provoke God.
Hosea 12:7 [He is] a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: hee loueth to oppresse. Hosea 12:8 And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I haue found mee out substance: [in] all my labours they shall finde none iniquitie in mee, that [were] sinne. Hosea 12:9 And I [that am] the LORD thy God from the lande of Egypt, will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the dayes of the solemne feast. Hosea 12:10 I haue also spoken by the prophets, and I haue multiplied visions, and vsed similitudes, by the ministerie of the prophets. Hosea 12:11 [Is there] iniquitie in Gilead? surely they are vanitie, they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal, yea their altars [are] as heapes in the furrowes of the fields. Hosea 12:12 And Iacob fled into the countrey of Syria, and Israel serued for a wife, and for a wife he kept [sheepe]. Hosea 12:13 And by a Prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a Prophet was he preserued. Hosea 12:14 Ephraim prouoked him to anger, most bitterly: therefore shall he leaue his blood vpon him, and his reproch shall his Lord returne vnto him.