Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

何西阿书 12

1“以法莲以风为食,
整天追逐东风,
虚谎和暴力日益增多;
他跟亚述结盟,
向埃及进贡橄榄油。”

耶和华指控犹大;
要按雅各所行的惩罚他,
照雅各所做的报应他。
雅各在母胎之中曾抓住哥哥的脚跟,
壮年之时曾跟上帝角力。
他跟天使角力得胜,
向天使哭求福分。
他在伯特利遇见祂,
在那里与祂说话——
就是万军之上帝耶和华,
耶和华是祂的名。
所以,你们要归向你们的上帝,
持守仁爱和公义,常常等候祂。

以法莲是个不诚实的商人,
手里拿着骗人的秤,喜欢压榨人。
以法莲说:“我发财了,
我依靠自己致富。
没有人能从我的劳碌中找出过错和罪恶。”

耶和华说:
“从你们在埃及的时候,
我就是你们的上帝耶和华。
我要使你们再次住在帐篷里,
就像从前守节期时一样。
10 我曾对先知讲话,赐给他们许多异象,
借他们用比喻警告你们。”

11 基列人充满罪恶,终必灭亡。
他们在吉甲用公牛献祭,
他们的祭坛像田间犁沟里的石堆。
12 雅各曾逃往亚兰,
以色列在那里为娶妻而服侍人,

为得到妻子而替人牧羊。

13 耶和华借着先知带领以色列离开埃及,
也借着先知保护他。
14 但以法莲却极大地触怒耶和华,
所以他的主要让他血债血还,
以羞辱还羞辱。

New International Reader's Version

Hosea 12

1The people of Ephraim look to others for help.
    It’s like chasing the wind.
The wind they keep chasing
    is hot and dry.
They tell more and more lies.
    They are always hurting others.
They make a peace treaty with Assyria.
    They send olive oil to Egypt to get help.
The Lord is bringing charges against Judah.
    He will punish Jacob’s people
    because of how they act.
He’ll pay them back
    for the evil things they’ve done.
Even before Jacob was born,
    he was holding on to his brother’s heel.
When he became a man,
    he struggled with God.
At Peniel he struggled with the angel and won.
    Jacob wept and begged for his blessing.
God also met with him at Bethel.
    He talked with him there.
He is the Lord God who rules over all.
    His name is the Lord.
People of Jacob, you must return to your God.
    You must hold on to love and do what is fair.
    You must trust in your God always.

You are like a trader who uses dishonest scales.
    You love to cheat others.
People of Ephraim, you brag,
    “We are very rich.
    We’ve become wealthy.
And no one can prove we sinned
    to gain all this wealth.”

The Lord says,

“I have been the Lord your God
    ever since you came out of Egypt.
But I will make you live in tents again.
    That is what you did when you celebrated
    the Feast of Booths in the desert.
10 I spoke to the prophets.
    They saw many visions.
    I gave you warnings through them.”

11 The people of Gilead are evil!
    They aren’t worth anything!
Gilgal’s people sacrifice bulls to other gods.
    Their altars will become like piles of stones
    on a plowed field.
12 Jacob ran away to the country of Aram.
    There Israel served Laban to get a wife.
    He took care of sheep to pay for her.
13 The prophet Moses brought Israel up from Egypt.
    The Lord used him to take care of them.
14 But Ephraim’s people have made the Lord very angry.
    Their Lord will hold them accountable for the blood they’ve spilled.
    He’ll pay them back for the shameful things they’ve done.