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Hosea 12:12

    Hosea 12:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Jacob fled into the field of Aram, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept'sheep .

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Jacob went in flight into the field of Aram, and Israel became a servant for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.

    Webster's Revision

    And Jacob fled into the field of Aram, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept'sheep .

    World English Bible

    Jacob fled into the country of Aram, and Israel served to get a wife, and for a wife he tended flocks and herds.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Jacob fled into the field of Aram, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hosea 12:12

    Served for a wife - Seven years for Rachel.

    For a wife he kept sheep - Seven years for Leah; having been cheated by Laban, who gave him first Leah, instead of Rachel; and afterwards made him serve seven years more before he would confirm his first engagement. Critics complain of want of connection here. Why is this isolated fact predicted? Thus, in a detached sentence, the prophet speaks of the low estate of their ancestors, and how amply the providence of God had preserved and provided for them. This is all the connection the place requires.

    Barnes' Notes on Hosea 12:12

    And Jacob fled into the country of Syria - Jacob chose poverty and servitude rather than marry an idotatress of Canaan. He knew not from where, except from God's bounty and providence, he should have "bread to eat, or raiment to put on" Genesis 28:20; "with his staff alone he passed over Jordan" Genesis 32:10. His voluntary poverty, bearing even unjust losses Genesis 31:39, and "repaying the things which he never took," reproved their dishonest traffic; his trustfulness in God, their mistrust; his devotedness to God, their alienation from Him, and their devotion to idols. And as the conduct was opposite, so was the result. Ill-gotten riches end in poverty; stable wealth is gained, not by the cupidity of man, but by the good pleasure of God. Jacob, having "become two bands," trusting in God and enriched by God, returned from Syria to the land promised to him by God; Israel, distrusting God and enriching himself, was to return out of the land which the Lord his God had given him, to Assyria, amid the loss of all things.

    Wesley's Notes on Hosea 12:12

    12:12 Fled - For fear of Esau.