In the twelfthyear of Ahazking of Judah began Hoshea the son of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israelnineyears.2
And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, but not as the kings of Israel that were before him.
Against him came upShalmaneserking of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gavea him presents.4
And the king of Assyriafoundconspiracy in Hoshea: for he had sentmessengers to Soking of Egypt, and brought no presentb to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore the king of Assyria shut him up , and bound him in prison .
Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it threeyears.6
In the ninthyear of Hoshea the king of AssyriatookSamaria, and carriedIsraelaway into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.