Cross-references Explore similar Bible verses on Hosea 8:9 in English Standard Version "For they have gone up to Assyria, a wild donkey wandering alone; Ephraim has hired lovers." Jer 2:24 a wild donkey used to the wilderness, in her heat sniffing the wind! Who can restrain her lust? None who seek her need weary themselves; in her month they will find her. Ho 5:13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his wound, then Ephraim went to Assyria, and sent to the great king. But he is not able to cure you or heal your wound.