12 I will destroy Ephraim as a moth eats a piece of cloth.
I will ruin Judah, like rot on a piece of wood.
13 Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound,
so they went to Assyria for help.
They told their problems to the great king,
but he cannot heal you or cure your wound.
14 I will be like a lion to Ephraim,
like a young lion to the nation of Judah.
I—yes, I myself—will rip them to pieces.
I will carry them away,
and no one can save them.
New International Version
13 “When Ephraim(C) saw his sickness,
and Judah his sores,
then Ephraim turned to Assyria,(D)
and sent to the great king for help.(E)
But he is not able to cure(F) you,
not able to heal your sores.(G)
14 For I will be like a lion(H) to Ephraim,
like a great lion to Judah.
I will tear them to pieces(I) and go away;
I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them.(J)