Hosea 12

The Lord's Love for Israel

1 "Ephraim a feeds on the wind,
And pursues the east wind;
He daily increases lies and 1 desolation.
b Also they make a 2 covenant with the Assyrians,
And c oil is carried to Egypt.

The Lord's Indictment of Israel and Judah

2 "The d LORD also brings a 3 charge against Judah,
And will punish Jacob according to his ways;
According to his deeds He will recompense him.
3 He took his brother e by the heel in the womb,
And in his strength he f struggled with God. 4
4 Yes, he struggled with the Angel and prevailed;
He wept, and sought favor from Him.
He found Him in g Bethel,
And there He spoke to us -
5 That is, the LORD God of hosts.
The LORD is His h memorable name.
6 i So you, by the help of your God, return;
Observe mercy and justice,
And wait on your God continually.

7 "A cunning 5 Canaanite!
j Deceitful scales are in his hand;
He loves to oppress.
8 And Ephraim said,
k 'Surely I have become rich,
I have found wealth for myself;
In all my labors
They shall find in me no iniquity that is sin.'
9 "But I am the LORD your God,
Ever since the land of Egypt;
l I will again make you dwell in tents,
As in the days of the appointed feast.

10 m I have also spoken by the prophets,
And have multiplied visions;
I have given 6 symbols 7 through the witness of the prophets."
11 Though n Gilead has idols -
Surely they are 8 vanity -
Though they sacrifice bulls in o Gilgal,
Indeed their altars shall be heaps in the furrows of the field.
12 Jacob p fled to the country of Syria;
q Israel served for a spouse,
And for a wife he tended sheep.
13 r By a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt,
And by a prophet he was preserved.
14 Ephraim s provoked Him to anger most bitterly;
Therefore his Lord will leave the guilt of his bloodshed upon him,
t And return his reproach upon him.

  1. Cross References
    Job 15:2
    Should a wise man answer with empty knowledge, And fill himself with the east wind?
    Job 15:3
    Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or by speeches with which he can do no good?
    Hosea 8:7
    They sow the wind, And reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no bud; It shall never produce meal. If it should produce, Aliens would swallow it up.
  2. Cross References
    2 Kings 17:4
    And the king of Assyria uncovered a conspiracy by Hoshea; for he had sent messengers to So, king of Egypt, and brought no tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year. Therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison.
    Hosea 8:9
    For they have gone up to Assyria, Like a wild donkey alone by itself; Ephraim has hired lovers.
  3. Cross References
    Isaiah 30:6
    The burden against the beasts of the South. Through a land of trouble and anguish, From which came the lioness and lion, The viper and fiery flying serpent, They will carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys, And their treasures on the humps of camels, To a people who shall not profit.
  4. Cross References
    Hosea 4:1
    Hear the word of the LORD, You children of Israel, For the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: "There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land.
    Micah 6:2
    Hear, O you mountains, the LORD's complaint, And you strong foundations of the earth; For the LORD has a complaint against His people, And He will contend with Israel.
  5. Cross References
    Genesis 25:26
    Afterward his brother came out, and his hand took hold of Esau's heel; so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
  6. Cross References
    Genesis 32:24 - 28
    Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day.
  7. Cross References
    Genesis 28:12 - 19
    Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
    Genesis 35:9 - 15
    Then God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Padan Aram, and blessed him.
  8. Cross References
    Exodus 3:15
    Moreover God said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: 'The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.
  9. Cross References
    Hosea 14:1
    O Israel, return to the LORD your God, For you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
    Micah 6:8
    He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
  10. Cross References
    Proverbs 11:1
    Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight.
    Amos 8:5
    Saying: "When will the New Moon be past, That we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, That we may trade wheat? Making the ephah small and the shekel large, Falsifying the scales by deceit.
    Micah 6:11
    Shall I count pure those with the wicked scales, And with the bag of deceitful weights?
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 62:10
    Do not trust in oppression, Nor vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, Do not set your heart on them.
    Hosea 13:6
    When they had pasture, they were filled; They were filled and their heart was exalted; Therefore they forgot Me.
    Revelation 3:17
    Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' - and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked -
  12. Cross References
    Leviticus 23:42
    You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths.
  13. Cross References
    2 Kings 17:13
    Yet the LORD testified against Israel and against Judah, by all of His prophets, every seer, saying, "Turn from your evil ways, and keep My commandments and My statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by My servants the prophets.
    Jeremiah 7:25
    Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have even sent to you all My servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them.
  14. Cross References
    Hosea 6:8
    Gilead is a city of evildoers And defiled with blood.
  15. Cross References
    Hosea 9:15
    All their wickedness is in Gilgal, For there I hated them. Because of the evil of their deeds I will drive them from My house; I will love them no more. All their princes are rebellious.
  16. Cross References
    Genesis 28:5
    So Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to Padan Aram, to Laban the son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.
    Deuteronomy 26:5
    And you shall answer and say before the LORD your God: 'My father was a Syrian, about to perish, and he went down to Egypt and dwelt there, few in number; and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous.
  17. Cross References
    Genesis 29:20
    So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her.
    Genesis 29:28
    Then Jacob did so and fulfilled her week. So he gave him his daughter Rachel as wife also.
  18. Cross References
    Exodus 12:50
    Thus all the children of Israel did; as the LOR...
    Exodus 12:51
    And it came to pass, on that very same day, tha...
    Exodus 13:3
    And Moses said to the people: "Remember this da...
    Psalms 77:20
    You led Your people like a flock By the hand of...
    Isaiah 63:11
    Then he remembered the days of old, Moses and h...
    Isaiah 63:12
    Who led them by the right hand of Moses, With H...
    Micah 6:4
    For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, I ...
  19. Cross References
    Ezekiel 18:10 - 13
    If he begets a son who is a robber Or a shedder of blood, Who does any of these things
  20. Cross References
    Daniel 11:18
    After this he shall turn his face to the coastlands, and shall take many. But a ruler shall bring the reproach against them to an end; and with the reproach removed, he shall turn back on him.
    Micah 6:16
    For the statutes of Omri are kept; All the works of Ahab's house are done; And you walk in their counsels, That I may make you a desolation, And your inhabitants a hissing. Therefore you shall bear the reproach of My people.
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