A reproof of Ephraim, Judah, and Jacob.
Hosea 12:1 Ephraim kepeth the ayre, and foloweth after the east wynde: he is euer increasinge lyes & destruction. They be confederate with the Assirians, their oyle is caried in to Egipte. Hosea 12:2 The LORDE hath a courte to holde with Iuda, and wil punysh Iacob: After their owne waies and acordinge to their owne inuencions, shal he recompence them.
By former favours he exhorteth to repentance.
Hosea 12:3 He toke his brother by the hele, when he was yet in his mothers wombe: and in his strength he wrestled with God. Hosea 12:4 He stroue with the Angel, and gat the victory: so that he prayde and desyred him. He fande him at Bethel, & there he talked wt vs. Hosea 12:5 Yee the LORDE God of hoostes, euen ye LORDE him self remembred him: Hosea 12:6 Then turne to thy God, kepe mercy and equyte, and hope still in thy God.
Ephraim's sins provoke God.
Hosea 12:7 But the marchaunt hath a false weight in his honde, he hath a pleasure to occupie extorcion. Hosea 12:8 Ephraim thinketh thus: Tush, I am rich, I haue good ynough: In all my workes shal not one fawte be founde, that I haue offended. Hosea 12:9 Yet am I the LORDE thy God, eue as when I brought the out of the londe of Egipte, and set the in thy tentes, and as in the hye feast dayes. Hosea 12:10 I haue spoke thorow the prophetes, and shewed dyuerse visions, and declared my self by the ministracion of ye prophetes. Hosea 12:11 But at Galaad is the abhominacion, they are fallen to vanyte. At Galgal they haue slayne oxen: and as many heapes of stones as they had in their lode forowes, so many aulters haue they made. Hosea 12:12 Iacob fled into the londe of Siria, and Israel serued for a wife, and for a wife he kepte shepe. Hosea 12:13 By a prophet the LORDE brought them out of Egipte, and by a prophet he preserued the. Hosea 12:14 But Ephraim hath prouoked him to displeasure thorow his abhominacions: therfore shal his bloude be poured vpon him self, and the LORDE his God shal rewarde him his blasphemies.