A reproof of Ephraim, Judah, and Jacob.
Hosea 12:1 Ephraim is fed with the winde, and followeth after the East winde: hee increaseth daily lies and destruction, & they do make a couenant with Asshur, and oyle is caried into Egypt. Hosea 12:2 The Lorde hath also a controuersie with Iudah, and will visite Iaakob, according to his waies: according to his workes, wil he recompence 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 And had power ouer the Angel, and preuailed: he wept and praied vnto him: he founde him in Beth-el, and there he spake with vs. Hosea 12:5 Yea, the Lorde God of hostes, the Lorde is himselfe his memoriall. Hosea 12:6 Therefore turne thou to thy God: keepe mercy and iudgement, and hope still in thy God.
Ephraim's sins provoke God.
Hosea 12:7 He is Canaan: the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loueth to oppresse. Hosea 12:8 And Ephraim saide, Notwithstanding I am rich, I haue found me out riches in all my labours: they shall finde none iniquitie in me, that were wickednesse. Hosea 12:9 Though I am the Lorde thy God, from the land of Egypt, yet will I make thee to dwel in the tabernacles, as in the daies 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, and their altars are as heapes in the furrowes of the field. Hosea 12:12 And Iaakob fled into the countrey of Aram, 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, & by a Prophet was he reserued. Hosea 12:14 But Ephraim prouoked him with hie places: therefore shal his blood be powred vpon him, and his reproche shall his Lord reward him.