21 「你們聽見有吩咐古人的話說：『不可殺人』，又說：『凡殺人的難免受審判。』 22 只是我告訴你們，凡向弟兄動怒的，難免受審判；凡罵弟兄是拉加的，難免公會的審斷；凡罵弟兄是魔利的，難免地獄的火。
23 所以，你在祭壇上獻禮物的時候，若想起弟兄向你懷怨， 24 就把禮物留在壇前，先去同弟兄和好，然後來獻禮物。 25 你同告你的對頭還在路上，就趕緊與他和息，恐怕他把你送給審判官，審判官交付衙役，你就下在監裡了。 26 我實在告訴你：若有一文錢沒有還清，你斷不能從那裡出來。
Today’s passage is Hosea 12:1-14. Let’s go!
To appreciate God’s message to the Israelites (and to us) in Hosea 12, you need to know something about Jacob, one of Israel’s forefathers and the man after whom the nation of Israel was named. Jacob’s life forms the backdrop to a lot of what Hosea 12 is talking about.
You see, Jacob lived much of his life thinking he had to scratch, claw and fight for everything he had. His approach toward all of life was “transactional”. Like a merchant, he was constantly striking deals with people, including when it came to finding a wife (v12), and even with God: “I’ll give you this, if you give me that.” As part of this, Jacob would often lie to get ahead, pretending to be someone that he was not. In this way Jacob lived up to his name, which means “deceiver”.