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Hosea Twelve

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Hosea 12:1 Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.

Hosea 12:2 The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him.

Hosea 12:3 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:

power with God. This reference to Genesis 25:26 points up the natural spiritual strength of Jacob, which was evident in his conflict with his twin elder brother Esau even before their birth.

Hosea 12:4 Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us;

prevailed. When Jacob wrestled with the angel, just before meeting Esau again, he once again showed “power with God and with men, and hast prevailed” (Genesis 32:28).

Beth-el. Beth-el (the house of God) became also Allon-bachuth (the oak of weeping) when the aged Deborah died there. Following this, Jacob was again named Israel (a prince with God), and so Hosea again looks forward to the ultimate preservation and restoration of Israel (Hosea 12:13).

Hosea 12:5 Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his memorial.

Hosea 12:6 Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.

Hosea 12:7 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress.

Hosea 12:8 And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin.

Hosea 12:9 And I that am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast.

Hosea 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

Hosea 12:11 Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields.

Hosea 12:12 And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.

Hosea 12:13 And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.

Hosea 12:14 Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly: therefore shall he leave his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord return unto him.