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 1 Ephraim herds the wind

 and chases after the east wind.

 He continually multiplies lies and desolation.

 They cut a covenant with Assyria,

 and oil is carried into Egypt.


Yahweh also has a lawsuit with Judah,

 and will punish Jacob according to his ways;

 according to his deeds he will repay him.


 3 In the womb he took his brother by the heel,

 and as an adult he fought with God.


 4 Indeed, he struggled with the angel and prevailed;

 he wept and sought his favor.

 He found him at Bethel,

 and there he spoke with us,


 5 even Yahweh, the God of Armies;

 Yahweh is his name of renown!


 6 Therefore turn to your God.

 Keep kindness and justice,

 and wait continually for your God.


A merchant has dishonest balances in his hand;

 he loves to defraud.


 8 Ephraim said,

 “Surely I have become rich,

 I have found myself wealth.

 In all my wealth

 they will not find in me any iniquity

 that is sin.”


But I am Yahweh your God

 from the land of Egypt.

 I will yet again make you dwell in tents,

 as in the days of the solemn feast.


 10 I have also spoken to the prophets

 and I have multiplied visions;

 and by the ministry of the prophets I have used parables.


 11 If Gilead is wicked,

 surely they are worthless.

 In Gilgal they sacrifice bulls.

 Indeed, their altars are like heaps

 in the furrows of the field.


Jacob fled into the country of Aram,

 and Israel served to get a wife,

 and for a wife he tended flocks and herds.


 13 By a prophet Yahweh brought Israel up out of Egypt,

 and by a prophet he was preserved.


 14 Ephraim has aroused bitter anger.

 Therefore his bloodguilt will be left on him,

 and his Lord will repay his contempt.


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