1 Ephraim feeds on wind,
And pursues the east wind continually;
He multiplies lies and violence.
Moreover, he makes a covenant with Assyria,
And oil is carried to Egypt.
And will punish Jacob according to his ways;
He will repay him according to his deeds.
And in his maturity he contended with God.
He wept and sought His favor.
He found Him at Bethel
And there He spoke with us,
The LORD is His name.
Observe kindness and justice,
And wait for your God continually.
He loves to oppress.
I have found wealth for myself;
In all my labors they will find in me
No iniquity, which would be sin.”
I will make you live in tents again,
As in the days of the appointed festival.
And I gave numerous visions,
And through the prophets I gave parables.
Surely they are worthless.
In Gilgal they sacrifice bulls,
Yes, their altars are like the stone heaps
Beside the furrows of the field.
And Israel worked for a wife,
And for a wife he kept sheep.
And by a prophet he was kept.
So his Lord will leave his bloodguilt on him
And bring back his reproach to him.
Hosea, 12 chapter. New American Standard Bible.