King Hoshea the 19th and last King of Israel

2 Kings 17:1-6. King Hoshea ruled for nine years. He sinned against the Lord God. He then was taken to Assyria by Emperor Shalmaneser or his successor Emperor Sargon II.

Shalmaneser V, the king of Assyria, then campaigned against king Hoshea and Samaria, the northern kingdom of Israel. Forced Hoshea the king of Samaria to submit and pay lots of money to him.

The king of Assyria also took about 27,290 more captives.

King Hoshea was also relying on help from Egypt which never came. He never asked the Lord God for help, which he should have done.

Hoshea in Hebrew means: salvation.

It’s a very sorry saga, isn’t it! Yet it was in the north that the two great prophets Elijah and Elisha arose.

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Hoshea 19th and last King of Israel – Israel Falls to Assyria during Hoshea’s Reign

17:1 During the twelfth year of the reign of King Ahaz of Judah, Elah’s son Hoshea became king over Israel for nine years in Samaria. 2 He practiced what the LORD considered to be evil, though not like the kings of Israel who had preceded him.3 King Shalmaneser of Assyria attacked him, and Hoshea became his servant and paid tribute to him. 4 But the king of Assyria uncovered a conspiracy involving Hoshea, who had sent envoys to King So of Egypt and stopped offering tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done annually. As a result, the king of Assyria placed him under arrest and sent him to prison. 5 After this, the king of Assyria invaded the entire land, approached Samaria, and began a three year siege. 6 As a result, during the ninth year of the reign of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and took the Israelis off to Assyria, placing them in Halah, along the Habor River in Gozan, and in cities ruled by the Medes.
2 Kings 17:1-6

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