A reproof of Ephraim, Judah, and Jacob.
Hosea 12:1 Ephraim kepeth the ayre, and folowed after the east winde: he is euer increasinge lyes & destruccyon. They be confederate with the Assirians, their oyle is caried into Egypte. Hosea 12:2 The Lorde hath a courte to holde with Iuda, and wil punishe Iacob. After their owne wayes and accordinge to their owne inuencyons shall 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: & in his strengthe he wrestled with God. Hosea 12:4 He stroue with the Aungel, and gat the victorye, so that he praid and desyred hym. He founde him at Bethel, & there he talked with vs. Hosea 12:5 Yet the Lorde God of Hostes, euen the Lorde hym selfe remembred him. Hosea 12:6 Then turne to thy God, kepe mercye and equyte, and hope still in thy God.
Ephraim's sins provoke God.
Hosea 12:7 But the marchaunte hath a false weyght in his hande, he hath a pleasure to occupye extorsion. Hosea 12:8 Ephraim thinketh thus: Tush, I am ryche, I haue good ynoughe. In all my worckes shall not one fawte be founde, that I haue offended. Hosea 12:9 Yet am I the Lorde thy God, euen as when I brought the oute of the lande of Egipte, and fet the in thy tentes, & as in þe hye feaste dayes. Hosea 12:10 I haue spoken thorow the prophetes, and shewed diuerse visions, and declared my self by the ministracyon of the prophetes. Hosea 12:11 But at Galaad is the abhominacyon, they are fallen to vanitye. At Galgal they haue slayne oxen: and as many heapes of stones as they had in their lande forowes, so manye aulters haue they made. Hosea 12:12 Iacob fled into the lande of Siria, and Israel serued for a wyfe, and for a wyfe he kepte shepe. Hosea 12:13 By a prophete the Lorde brought them oute of Egipt, and by a prophet he preserued them. Hosea 12:14 But Ephraim hathe prouoked hym to displeasure thorow his obhominacious, therfore shall his bloude be poured vpon him self and the Lord his God shall rewarde him his blasphemies.