1Ephrayim is feeding on wind, and pursuing an east wind. All the day he increases falsehood and ruin. And they make a covenant with Ashshur, and oil is sent to Mitsrayim.
2And יהוה has a controversy with Yehuḏah, to punish Ya‛aqoḇ according to his ways, to repay him according to his deeds.
3He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and in his strength he strove with Elohim.
4He strove with the Messenger and overcame#Gen. 32:28., he wept and sought His favour. He found Him in Bĕyth Ěl, and there He spoke to us –
5even יהוה Elohim of hosts, יהוה is His remembrance.
6Therefore, return to your Elohim. Guard kindness and right-ruling, and wait on your Elohim continually.
7A merchant! In his hand are scales of deceit, he loved to oppress.
8And Ephrayim says, “Indeed, I have become rich, I have found wealth for myself. In all my labours they shall find in me no crookedness that is sin.”
9“But I am יהוה your Elohim since the land of Mitsrayim, again I shall make you dwell in tents as in the days of the appointed time#Or festival..
10“And I have spoken to the prophets, and have increased visions. And through the prophets I gave parables.”
11Is Gil‛aḏ wicked? Certainly, they have been false! In Gilgal they have offered bulls. Also their altars are as heaps on a ploughed field.
12And when Ya‛aqoḇ fled to the country of Aram, Yisra’ĕl served for a wife, and for a wife he kept watch.
13And by a prophet יהוה brought Yisra’ĕl out of Mitsrayim, and by a prophet he was watched over.
14Ephrayim has provoked most bitterly. So his Master left his blood-guilt on him, and repaid him for his reproach.
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