Ephraim Multiplies Lies
1“Ephraim surrounded Me with lies and the house of Israel with deceit.” Though Judah roams restlessly with God, yet he is faithful with holy things.
2Ephraim is grazing on wind and pursuing the east wind. All day he multiplies lies and ruin: making a pact with Assyria, while carrying oil to Egypt.
3Adonai also has a dispute with Judah: He will punish Jacob for his ways, repaying him for his deeds.
4In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel, and in his vigor he strove with God.
5Yes, he wrestled with the angel and won; he wept and sought his favor. At Bethel he will find us, and there He will speak with us.
6Even Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot— Adonai is His memorial-Name.
7So you should return to your God, keep covenant loyalty and justice, and wait for your God continually.
8A merchant loves to extort, with deceptive balances in his hand.
9Now Ephraim has said: “How rich I have become! I found wealth by myself. I won’t be guilty of any sin with any of my property.”
10“Yet I have been Adonai your God, since the land of Egypt. I will yet again make you dwell in tents, as in the days of the moed.
11I also spoke through the prophets and I multiplied visions. Now through the prophets I will make parables.
12Since Gilead is full of iniquity, they are utterly worthless. In Gilgal they sacrifice bulls— even their altars will become heaps of rocks along the furrows of My field.”
13Now Jacob fled to the field of Aram, when Israel served for a wife— yes, he kept watch for a wife.
14So by a prophet Adonai brought Israel up out of Egypt, and by a prophet he was kept.
15Ephraim has provoked bitter anger, so his bloodguilt will remain on him— his Lord will repay him for his contempt.