(12:2) Ephraim striveth after wind, and followeth after the east wind;
all the day he multiplieth lies and desolation;
and they make a covenant with Assyria, and oil is carried into Egypt.
(12:3) The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways, according to his doings will He recompense him.
(12:4) In the womb he took his brother by the heel, and by his strength he strove with a godlike being;
(12:5) So he strove with an angel, and prevailed;
he wept, and made supplication unto him;
at Beth-el he would find him, and there he would speak with us;
(12:6) But the LORD, the God of hosts, the LORD is His name.
(12:7) Therefore turn thou to thy God;
keep mercy and justice, and wait for thy God continually.
(12:8) As for the trafficker, the balances of deceit are in his hand.
He loveth to oppress.
(12:9) And Ephraim said: "Surely I am become rich, I have found me wealth;
in all my labours they shall find in me no iniquity that were sin."
(12:10) But I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt;
I will yet again make thee to dwell in tents, as in the days of the appointed season.
(12:11) I have also spoken unto the prophets, and I have multiplied visions;
and by the ministry of the prophets have I used similitudes.
(12:12) If Gilead be given to iniquity becoming altogether vanity, in Gilgal they sacrifice unto bullocks;
yea, their altars shall be as heaps in the furrows of the field.
(12:13) And Jacob fled into the field of Aram, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.
(12:14) And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel up out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he kept.
(12:15) Ephraim hath provoked most bitterly;
therefore shall his blood be cast upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord return unto him.