Chapter 12

The Lord uses prophets, visions, and similitudes to guide His people, but they become rich and will not wait on the Lord—Ephraim provokes Him most bitterly.

 aEphraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a bcovenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.

 The Lord hath also a acontroversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him.

 ¶He took his brother by the aheel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:

 Yea, he had power over the aangel, and bprevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in cBeth-el, and there he spake with dus;

 Even the Lord God of hosts; the Lord is his amemorial.

 Therefore aturn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.

 He is a merchant, the abalances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress.

 And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin.

 And I that am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in atabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast.

 10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

 11 Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in aGilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields.

 12 And Jacob fled into the country of aSyria, and Israel served for a bwife, and for a wife he kept sheep.

 13 And by a aprophet the bLord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.

 14 Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly: therefore shall he leave his ablood upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord return unto him.