Hosea 12:1-8 - God's Case Against Jacob's Heirs

1 Ephraim feeds on wind, and follows after the east wind. He continually multiplies lies and desolation. And they make a covenant with Assyria, and oil is carried into Egypt.

2 LORD has also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways. He will recompense him according to his doings. 3 In the womb he took his brother by the heel, and in his manhood he had strength with God. 4 Yea, he had strength over the [heavenly] agent, and prevailed, [as] he wept, and made supplication to him. He found him at Bethel, and there he spoke with us. 5 But LORD God Almighty shall be his memorial. 6 Therefore turn thou to thy God. Keep kindness and justice, and wait for thy God continually.

7 [He is] a Canaanite. The balances of deceit are in his hand. He loves to oppress. 8 And Ephraim said, Surely I have become rich. I have found wealth for myself. In all my labors they shall find no iniquity in me that is sin.