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1Ephraim feeds on wind,

and chases the east wind.

He continually multiplies lies and desolation.

They make a covenant with Assyria,

and oil is carried into Egypt.

2The LORD also has a controversy with Judah,

and will punish Jacob according to his ways;

according to his deeds he will repay him.

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

and in his manhood he contended with God.

4Indeed, he struggled with the angel, and prevailed;

he wept, and made supplication to him.

He found him at Bethel, and there he spoke with us—

5even the LORD, the God of Armies.

The LORD is his name of renown!

6Therefore turn to your God.

Keep kindness and justice,

and wait continually for your God.

7A merchant has dishonest scales in his hand.

He loves to defraud.

8Ephraim said, “Surely I have become rich.

I have found myself wealth.

In all my wealth they won’t find in me any iniquity that is sin.”

9“But I am the LORD your God from the land of Egypt.

I will yet again make you dwell in tents,

as in the days of the solemn feast.

10I have also spoken to the prophets,

and I have multiplied visions;

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

11If Gilead is wicked,

surely they are worthless.

In Gilgal they sacrifice bulls.

Indeed, their altars are like heaps in the furrows of the field.

12Jacob fled into the country of Aram.

Israel served to get a wife.

For a wife he tended flocks and herds.

13By a prophet the LORD brought Israel up out of Egypt,

and by a prophet he was preserved.

14Ephraim has bitterly provoked anger.

Therefore his blood will be left on him,

and his Lord will repay his contempt.

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