In the twelfth year of Judah's King Ahaz, Hoshea son of Elah became king over Israel in Samaria; [he reigned] nine years.
He did what was evil in the Lord's sight, but not like the kings of Israel who preceded him.
Shalmaneser king of Assyria attacked him, and Hoshea became his vassal and paid him tribute money.
But the king of Assyria discovered a conspiracy by Hoshea-he had sent envoys to So king of Egypta and had not paid tribute money to the king of Assyria as in previous years.b Therefore, the king of Assyria arrested him and put him in prison.
Then the king of Assyria invaded the whole land, marched up to Samaria, and besieged it for three years.c