In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah, 1Hoshea the son of Elah began to reign in Samaria 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.
2Against him came up 3Shalmaneser king of Assyria. And Hoshea became his vassal and paid him tribute.
But the king of Assyria found treachery in Hoshea, 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 Samaria, and for three years he besieged it.
In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria 4captured Samaria, 5and he carried the Israelites away to Assyria 6and placed them in Halah, and on the Habor, the river of 7Gozan, and in the cities of 8the Medes.