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12 I will destroy Ephraim as a moth destroys clothing.
I will destroy the nation of Judah as rot destroys wood.

13 “When Ephraim saw that he was sick
    and when Judah saw his own wounds,
        Ephraim went to Assyria to ask the great king for help.[a]
            But the king couldn’t cure them or heal their wounds.
14 I will be like a lion to Ephraim
    and like a young lion to the nation of Judah.
I will carry them off, and no one will rescue them.

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 5:13 Or “to ask King Jareb for help.”

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