A reproof of Ephraim, Judah, and Jacob.
Hosea 12:1 Ephraim is fed with ayre, and foloweth after þe east winde: he is euer increasynge lyes and destruccyon. They be confederate with the Assyrians, their oyle is caryed into Egypt. Hosea 12:2 The Lorde hath a courte to holde wt Iuda, and wyll punyshe Iacob. After their awne wayes and accordynge to theyr awne inuencyons, shall he recompense 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 hys strength he wrestled with God. Hosea 12:4 He strowe with the angell, and gatt the victorye: so þt he prayde & desyred hym. He founde him at Bethell, and there he talketh with vs. Hosea 12:5 Yee, the Lorde God of Hoostes, euen the Lorde him selfe remembred him. Hosea 12:6 Then turne to thy God, kepe mercy and equite, & hope styll in thy God.
Ephraim's sins provoke God.
Hosea 12:7 But þu art lyke þe marchaunt þt hath a false weyght in his hande, he hath a pleasure to occupie extorcyon. Hosea 12:8 Ephraim thinketh thus: Tush, I am rich. I haue good ynough: In all my worckes shall not one fawte be founde þt I haue offended. Hosea 12:9 Yet am I the Lord thy God, euen as when I brought the out of the lande of Egypte, and sett þe in thy tentes, and as in the hye feaste dayes. Hosea 12:10 I haue spoken thorowe the prophetes, & shewed diuerse visyons and declared my selfe by the ministracion of the prophetes. Hosea 12:11 But at Gilaad is þe abhominacyon, they are fallen to vanyte. At Gilgal they haue slayne oxen: as many heapes of stones as they had in theyr lande forowes, so many aulters haue they made. Hosea 12:12 Iacob fled in to þe lande of Siria, & Israell serued for a wife, & for a wife he kepte shepe. Hosea 12:13 By a prophete þe Lorde brought them out of Egypt, and by a prophet he preserued them. Hosea 12:14 But Ephraim hath puoked him to displeasure thorowe his abhominacyons, therfore shall his bloude be poured vpon him selfe, and the Lorde hys God shall rewarde hym hys blasphemyes.