Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

For they have gone up to Assyria,
Like a wild donkey all alone;
Ephraim has hired lovers.

King James Version

For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers.

Holman Bible

For they have gone up to Assyria
like a wild donkey going off on its own.
Ephraim has paid for love.

International Standard Version

"Because they went over to Assyria, they are like a wild donkey alone by itself. Ephraim has hired some lovers.

A Conservative Version

For they have gone up to Assyria [like] a wild donkey alone by himself. Ephraim has hired lovers.

American Standard Version

For they are gone up to Assyria, like a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers.

Amplified


For they have gone up to Assyria,
Like a wild donkey wandering alone and taking her own way;
Ephraim has hired lovers (pagan allies).

Bible in Basic English

For they have gone up to Assyria like an ass going by himself; Ephraim has given money to get lovers.

Darby Translation

For they are gone up to Assyria as a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers.

Julia Smith Translation

For they went up to Assur, Ephraim a wild ass alone to himself: they hired those loving.

King James 2000

For they have gone up to Assyria, a wild donkey alone by itself: Ephraim has hired lovers.

Lexham Expanded Bible

For they have gone up [to] Assyria, a wild donkey alone to itself; Ephraim has sold itself [for] lovers.

Modern King James verseion

For they have gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself. Ephraim has hired lovers.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Since they went up to the Assyrians, they are become like a wild ass in the desert. Ephraim giveth rewards to get lovers.

NET Bible

They have gone up to Assyria, like a wild donkey that wanders off. Ephraim has hired prostitutes as lovers.

New Heart English Bible

For they have gone up to Assyria, like a wild donkey wandering alone. Ephraim has hired lovers for himself.

The Emphasized Bible

For, they, have gone up to Assyria, A wild ass going alone for himself, is Ephraim! They have hired lovers!

Webster

For they have gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers.

World English Bible

For they have gone up to Assyria, like a wild donkey wandering alone. Ephraim has hired lovers for himself.

Youngs Literal Translation

For they -- they have gone up to Asshur, A wild ass alone by himself is Ephraim, They have hired lovers!

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
עלה 
`alah 
Usage: 890

to Assyria
אשּׁר אשּׁוּר 
'Ashshuwr 
Usage: 152

a wild ass
פּרה פּרא 
Pere' 
Usage: 10

בּדד 
Badad 
Usage: 3

אפרים 
'Ephrayim 
Usage: 180

תּנה 
Tanah 
Usage: 2

Devotionals

Devotionals containing Hosea 8:9

References

Fausets

Hastings

Watsons

Ass

Context Readings

Israel Rejects The Good

8 Israel is swallowed up;
They are now among the nations
Like a vessel in which no one delights.
9 For they have gone up to Assyria,
Like a wild donkey all alone;
Ephraim has hired lovers.
10 Even though they hire allies among the nations,
Now I will gather them up;
And they will begin to diminish
Because of the burden of the king of princes.


Cross References

Jeremiah 2:24

A wild donkey accustomed to the wilderness,
That sniffs the wind in her passion.
In the time of her heat who can turn her away?
All who seek her will not become weary;
In her month they will find her.

Ezekiel 16:33-34

Men give gifts to all harlots, but you give your gifts to all your lovers to bribe them to come to you from every direction for your harlotries.

Hosea 5:13

When Ephraim saw his sickness,
And Judah his wound,
Then Ephraim went to Assyria
And sent to King Jareb.
But he is unable to heal you,
Or to cure you of your wound.

Hosea 7:11

So Ephraim has become like a silly dove, without sense;
They call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.

2 Kings 15:19

Pul, king of Assyria, came against the land, and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver so that his hand might be with him to strengthen the kingdom under his rule.

Job 39:5-8

“Who sent out the wild donkey free?
And who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,

Isaiah 30:6

The oracle concerning the beasts of the Negev.
Through a land of distress and anguish,
From where come lioness and lion, viper and flying serpent,
They carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys
And their treasures on camels’ humps,
To a people who cannot profit them;

Ezekiel 23:5-9

“Oholah played the harlot while she was Mine; and she lusted after her lovers, after the Assyrians, her neighbors,

Hosea 2:5-7

“For their mother has played the harlot;
She who conceived them has acted shamefully.
For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers,
Who give me my bread and my water,
My wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.’

Hosea 2:10

“And then I will uncover her lewdness
In the sight of her lovers,
And no one will rescue her out of My hand.

Hosea 12:1

Ephraim feeds on wind,
And pursues the east wind continually;
He multiplies lies and violence.
Moreover, he makes a covenant with Assyria,
And oil is carried to Egypt.

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