There came against the land Pul the king of Assyria; and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that his hand might be with him to confirm the kingdom in his hand.
Why will ye be still stricken, that ye revolt more and more? the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; (but) wounds, and bruises, and fresh stripes: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with oil.
And now what hast thou to do in the way to Egypt, to drink the waters of the Shihor? or what hast thou to do in the way to Assyria, to drink the waters of the River?
For thus saith Jehovah, Thy hurt is incurable, and thy wound grievous.
And Ephraim is like a silly dove, without understanding: they call unto Egypt, they go to Assyria.
For they are gone up to Assyria, (like) a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers.
It also, shall be carried unto Assyria for a present to king Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.
Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses; neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, (Ye are) our gods; for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.