1 “Ephraim feeds on the wind,
And pursues the east wind;
He daily increases lies and [a]desolation.
Also they make a [b]covenant with the Assyrians,
And oil is carried to Egypt.
And will punish Jacob according to his ways;
According to his deeds He will recompense him.
And in his strength he struggled with God.
He wept, and sought favor from Him.
He found Him in Bethel,
And there He spoke to us —
The Lord is His memorable name.
Observe mercy and justice,
And wait on your God continually.
Deceitful scales are in his hand;
He loves to oppress.
‘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.’
Ever since the land of Egypt;
I will again make you dwell in tents,
As in the days of the appointed feast.
And have multiplied visions;
I have given [e]symbols [f]through the witness of the prophets.”
Surely they are [g]vanity —
Though they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal,
Indeed their altars shall be heaps in the furrows of the field.
Israel served for a spouse,
And for a wife he tended sheep.
And by a prophet he was preserved.
Therefore his Lord will leave the guilt of his bloodshed upon him,
And return his reproach upon him.
Hosea, 12 chapter. New King James Version.