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.
.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.
.3  He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:
  1 - Ephriam Representing the Northern Kingdom.
  1 - Increaseth lies Their pretense of being descendants of Jacob v3 was a misrepresentation. Their worship was false am0204. They were violent je0607, am0310.
  1 - Wind Wind represents empty or vain security. "East wind" also implies destruction je1817.
  2 - Jacob Representing all ten tribes.
.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;
 5  Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his memorial.
 6  Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.
  4 - Power over the angel. He wrestled with the angel whom I believe was the Messiah. Jacob's perseverance in conflict when he was at the end of visible help, was more than protecting his life. It was being right with God. In this, he won the battle and was blessed ge3224ff.
 7 ¶ He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress.
.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.
  The voice of Ephriam in these two verses is parenthetical.
 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.
 10  I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.
.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.
  10 - Spoken From reading Hosea and other prophetic appeals, we can certainly agree.
  10 - Similitudes A similitude is a metaphor.
  11 - nu2304.
 12  And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.   12 - Fled The flight of Jacob and his service (under the new name, Israel), are like the exodus form Egypt and the bondage there.
13  And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.
 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.
  13 - Prophet Brought out and preserved. These describe the work of God for all of us who accept. See 1jo0109. The prophet was Moses ex0304, ps07720, is6311.
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