Bible: Hosea 12:1-6

12:1 Ephraim continually feeds on the wind;

he chases the east wind all day;

he multiplies lies and violence.

They make treaties 1  with Assyria,

and send olive oil as tribute 2  to Egypt.

12:2 The Lord also has a covenant lawsuit 3  against Judah;

he will punish Jacob according to his ways

and repay him according to his deeds.

Israel Must Return to the God of Jacob

12:3 In the womb he attacked his brother;

in his manly vigor he struggled 4  with God.

12:4 He struggled 5  with an angel and prevailed;

he wept and begged for his favor.

He found God 6  at Bethel, 7 

and there he spoke with him! 8 

12:5 As for the Lord God Almighty,

the Lord is the name by which he is remembered! 9 

12:6 But you must return 10  to your God,

by maintaining love and justice,

and by waiting 11  for your God to return to you. 12 

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