第 12 章
Ephraim feeds on the wind; he pursues the east wind all day and multiplies lies and violence. He makes a treaty with Assyria and sends olive oil to Egypt.
The LORD has a charge to bring against Judah; he will punish Jacob according to his ways and repay him according to his deeds.
3. 他在腹中抓住哥哥的腳跟、壯年的時候與 神較力、
In the womb he grasped his brother's heel; as a man he struggled with God.
4. 與天使較力並且得勝、哭泣懇求、在伯特利遇見耶和華、耶和華萬軍之 神在那裡曉諭我們以色列人．耶和華是他可記念的名。
He struggled with the angel and overcame him; he wept and begged for his favor. He found him at Bethel and talked with him there--
the LORD God Almighty, the LORD is his name of renown!
6. 所以你當歸向你的 神、謹守仁愛、公平、常常等候你的 神。
But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.
The merchant uses dishonest scales; he loves to defraud.
Ephraim boasts, "I am very rich; I have become wealthy. With all my wealth they will not find in me any iniquity or sin."
9. 自從你出埃及地以來、我就是耶和華你的 神、我必使你再住帳棚、如在大會的日子一樣。
"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt; I will make you live in tents again, as in the days of your appointed feasts.
I spoke to the prophets, gave them many visions and told parables through them."
Is Gilead wicked? Its people are worthless! Do they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal? Their altars will be like piles of stones on a plowed field.
Jacob fled to the country of Aram; Israel served to get a wife, and to pay for her he tended sheep.
The LORD used a prophet to bring Israel up from Egypt, by a prophet he cared for him.
But Ephraim has bitterly provoked him to anger; his Lord will leave upon him the guilt of his bloodshed and will repay him for his contempt.