13 The Lord takes his place in court;(A)
    he rises to judge(B) the people.

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The Charge Against Israel

Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites,
    because the Lord has a charge(A) to bring
    against you who live in the land:(B)
“There is no faithfulness,(C) no love,
    no acknowledgment(D) of God in the land.(E)

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Judgment Against Israel

“Hear this, you priests!
    Pay attention, you Israelites!
Listen, royal house!
    This judgment(A) is against you:
You have been a snare(B) at Mizpah,
    a net(C) spread out on Tabor.

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The Lord has a charge(A) to bring against Judah;(B)
    he will punish(C) Jacob[a] according to his ways
    and repay him according to his deeds.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 12:2 Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he takes advantage of or he deceives.

“Hear,(A) you mountains, the Lord’s accusation;(B)
    listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth.
For the Lord has a case(C) against his people;
    he is lodging a charge(D) against Israel.

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33 Who will bring any charge(A) against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.

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