December 12, 2007

Hosea 12-14 - Take Words With You

From today's Bible reading:

Hosea 12:

Ephraim feeds on the wind
and pursues the east wind all day long;
they multiply falsehood and violence;
they make a covenant with Assyria,
and oil is carried to Egypt.

The LORD has an indictment against Judah
and will punish Jacob according to his ways;
he will repay him according to his deeds.

In the womb he took his brother by the heel,
and in his manhood he strove with God.
He strove with the angel and prevailed;
he wept and sought his favor.
He met God at Bethel,
and there God spoke with us—
the LORD, the God of hosts,
the LORD is his memorial name:

So you, by the help of your God, return,
hold fast to love and justice,
and wait continually for your God.

Jacob fled to the land of Aram;
there Israel served for a wife,
and for a wife he guarded sheep.

By a prophet the LORD brought Israel up from Egypt,
and by a prophet he was guarded.

Hosea 13:

The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up;
his sin is kept in store.
The pangs of childbirth come for him,
but he is an unwise son,
for at the right time he does not present himself
at the opening of the womb.

Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol?
Shall I redeem them from Death?

O Death, where are your plagues?
O Sheol, where is your sting?

Compassion is hidden from my eyes.

Hosea 14:

Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God,
for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.

Take with you words
and return to the LORD;
say to him,

Take away all iniquity;
accept what is good,
and we will pay with bulls
the vows of our lips.

Assyria shall not save us;
we will not ride on horses;

and we will say no more, Our God, to the work of our hands.

In you the orphan finds mercy.

Whoever is wise, let him understand these things;
whoever is discerning, let him know them;
for the ways of the LORD are right,
and the upright walk in them,
but transgressors stumble in them.

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