In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah Hoshe'a the son of Elah began to reign in Sama'ria over Israel, and he reigned nine years.
And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, yet not as the kings of Israel who were before him.
Against him came up Shalmane'ser king of Assyria; and Hoshe'a became his vassal, and paid him tribute.
But the king of Assyria found treachery in Hoshe'a; for he had sent messengers to So, king of Egypt, and offered no tribute 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 invaded all the land and came to Sama'ria, and for three years he besieged it.
In the ninth year of Hoshe'a the king of Assyria captured Sama'ria, and he carried the Israelites away to Assyria, and placed them in Halah, and on the Habor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.