they chase after the east wind all day long.
They pile up lies and violence;
they are making an alliance with Assyria
while sending olive oil to buy support from Egypt.
He is about to punish Jacobc for all his deceitful ways,
and pay him back for all he has done.
Jacob struggled with his brother;
when he became a man,
he even fought with God.
He wept and pleaded for a blessing from him.
There at Bethel he met God face to face,
and God spoke to himd —
the LORD is his name!
Act with love and justice,
and always depend on him.
selling from dishonest scales —
they love to cheat.
I’ve made a fortune all by myself!
No one has caught me cheating!
My record is spotless!”
who rescued you from slavery in Egypt.
And I will make you live in tents again,
as you do each year at the Festival of Shelters.e
with many visions and parables.”
because of their idol worship.
And in Gilgal, too, they sacrifice bulls;
their altars are lined up like the heaps of stone
along the edges of a plowed field.
and there hef earned a wife by tending sheep.
the LORD brought Jacob’s descendantsg out of Egypt;
and by that prophet
they were protected.
have bitterly provoked the LORD,
so their Lord will now sentence them to death
in payment for their sins.
Hosea, 12 chapter. New Living Translation.