2 Kings 17:3

3 Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up to attack Hoshea, who had been Shalmaneser’s vassal and had paid him tribute.

Read 2 Kings 17:3 Using Other Translations

Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gave him presents.
Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria. And Hoshea became his vassal and paid him tribute.
King Shalmaneser of Assyria attacked King Hoshea, so Hoshea was forced to pay heavy tribute to Assyria.

What does 2 Kings 17:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Kings 17:3

Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria
Which some take to be the same with Tiglathpileser, see ( 1 Chronicles 5:26 ) but he rather seems to be his son; his name was to be found, as Josephus F23 relates, in the archives of the Tyrians, against whom he had an expedition; his name is Salmanassar in Metasthenes F24, who says he reigned seventeen years:

and Hoshea became his servant, and gave him presents,
to depart from him; he became tributary to him, and agreed to pay him a yearly tax.


FOOTNOTES:

F23 Antiqu. l. 9. c. 14. sect. 2.
F24 De Judicio Temp. fol. 221. 2.
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