12 [a]“Ephraim feeds on the wind, chasing after the eastern winds, storing up lies and desolation day after day. They are making a contract with the Assyrians, and sending oil to Egypt. 2 The Lord accuses Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; he will repay him for what he does. 3 He circumvented his brother[b] in the womb, and as an adult he fought with God. 4 He even fought the angel and won; he cried and prayed to him. Then at Bethel he found him, and there he spoke with us— 5 the Lord God of the Heavenly Armies— the Lord is his name.[c] 6 So you, return to your God; guard grace and justice, and look to your God always.
7 “Now as for the merchant,[d] deceitful balances remain in his hand, and he loves to defraud. 8 Ephraim claims, ‘I have become rich, I have made a fortune! Because of all my wealth, no one will find any iniquity or sin in me.’
9 “Yet I remain the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. I will make you live in tents again, as in the festival of that name.[e] 10 I spoke to the prophets, giving revelation after revelation, and employing parables in the prophetic writings.[f]
11 “There’s iniquity in Gilead, isn’t there? They have become truly vain. They sacrifice bulls in Gilgal; their altars are like piles of stone in furrowed fields. 12 Jacob fled into the land of Aram;[g] Israel served there to obtain his wife, tending sheep to gain[h] his wife.
13 “By a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet he[i] was rescued. 14 Ephraim has stirred up violent anger; therefore the guilt of his blood will remain on him, and his Lord will repay him for his contempt.”
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