A reproof of Ephraim, Judah, and Jacob.
Hosea 12:1 Ephraim feedeth on wind, and pursueth after the east wind: all day long he multiplieth lies and desolation; and they make a covenant with Assyria, and oil is carried into Egypt. Hosea 12:2 Jehovah hath also a controversy with Judah, and he will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him.
By former favours he exhorteth to repentance.
Hosea 12:3 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and in his strength he wrestled with God. Hosea 12:4 Yea, he wrestled with the Angel, and prevailed; he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spoke with us, Hosea 12:5 even Jehovah, the God of hosts,Jehovah is his memorial. Hosea 12:6 And thou, return unto thy God: keep loving-kindness and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.
Ephraim's sins provoke God.
Hosea 12:7 [He is] a merchant, balances of deceit are in his hand; he loveth to oppress. Hosea 12:8 And Ephraim saith, Nevertheless I am become rich, I have found me out substance; in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin. Hosea 12:9 But I [that am] Jehovah thy God from the land of Egypt will again make thee to dwell in tents, as in the days of the solemn feast. Hosea 12:10 And I have spoken to the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and by means of the prophets have I used similitudes. Hosea 12:11 If Gilead is iniquity, surely they are but vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields. Hosea 12:12 And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept [sheep]. Hosea 12:13 And by a prophet Jehovah brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved. Hosea 12:14 Ephraim provoked [him] to anger most bitterly; and his Lord shall leave his blood upon him, and recompense unto him his reproach.