As marauders lie in ambush for a victim,(A)
    so do bands of priests;
they murder(B) on the road to Shechem,
    carrying out their wicked schemes.(C)

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12 [a]Ephraim(A) feeds on the wind;(B)
    he pursues the east wind all day
    and multiplies lies and violence.(C)
He makes a treaty with Assyria(D)
    and sends olive oil to Egypt.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 12:1 In Hebrew texts 12:1-14 is numbered 12:2-15.