Ephraim is enjoying wind, And is pursuing an east wind, All
the day lying and spoiling he multiplieth, And a covenant with Asshur they
make, And oil to Egypt is carried.
And a controversy hath Jehovah with Judah, To lay a charge
on Jacob according to his ways, According to his doings He returneth to him.
In the womb he took his brother by the heel, And by his
strength he was a prince with God,
Yea, he is a prince unto the Messenger, And he overcometh by
weeping, And he maketh supplication to Him, At Bethel He doth find him, And
there He doth speak with us,
Even Jehovah, God of the Hosts, Jehovah is His
And thou, through thy God, dost turn, Kindness and judgment
keep thou, And wait on thy God continually.
Canaan! in his hand are balances of deceit! To
oppress he hath loved.
And Ephraim saith: 'Surely I have become rich, I have found
wealth for myself, All my labours -- they find not against me iniquity that is
And I -- Jehovah thy God from the land of Egypt, Again do I
turn thee back into tents, As in the days of the appointed time.
And I have spoken unto the prophets, And I have multiplied
vision, And by the hand of the prophets I use similes.
Surely Gilead is iniquity, Only, vanity they have
been, In Gilead bullocks they have sacrificed, Also their altars are as
heaps, on the furrows of a field.
And Jacob doth flee to the country of Aram, And Israel doth
serve for a wife, Yea, for a wife he hath kept watch.
And by a prophet hath Jehovah brought up Israel out of
Egypt, And by a prophet it hath been watched.
Ephraim hath provoked most bitterly, And his blood on
himself he leaveth, And his reproach turn back to him doth his Lord!