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Parsha Va-yishlah | Book: Hosea

Chapter 11

7For My people persists
In its defection from Me;
When it is summoned upward,
It does not rise at all.

8How can I give you up, O Ephraim?
How surrender you, O Israel?
How can I make you like Admah,
Render you like Zeboiim?
I have had a change of heart,
All My tenderness is stirred.

9I will not act on My wrath,
Will not turn to destroy Ephraim.
For I am God, not man,
The Holy One in your midst:
I will not come in fury.

10The Lord will roar like a lion,
And they shall march behind Him;
When He roars, His children shall come
Fluttering out of the west.

11They shall flutter from Egypt like sparrows,
From the land of Assyria like doves;
And I will settle them in their homes
—declares the Lord.

Chapter 12

1Ephraim surrounds Me with deceit,
The House of Israel with guile.
(But Judah stands firm with God
And is faithful to the Holy One.)

2Ephraim tends the wind
And pursues the gale;
He is forever adding
Illusion to calamity.
Now they make a covenant with Assyria,
Now oil is carried to Egypt.

3The Lord once indicted Judah,
And punished Jacob for his conduct,
Requited him for his deeds.

4In the womb he tried to supplant his brother;
Grown to manhood, he strove with a divine being,

5He strove with an angel and prevailed—
The other had to weep and implore him.
At Bethel [Jacob] would meet him,
There to commune with him.

6Yet the Lord, the God of Hosts,
Must be invoked as “Lord.”

7You must return to your God!
Practice goodness and justice,
And constantly trust in your God.

8A trader who uses false balances,
Who loves to overreach,

9Ephraim thinks,
“Ah, I have become rich;
I have gotten power!
All my gains do not amount
To an offense which is real guilt.”

10I the Lord have been your God
Ever since the land of Egypt.
I will let you dwell in your tents again
As in the days of old,

11When I spoke to the prophets;
For I granted many visions,
And spoke parables through the prophets.

12As for Gilead, it is worthless;
And to no purpose have they
Been sacrificing oxen in Gilgal:
The altars of these are also
Like stone heaps upon a plowed field.

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