Hoshea, the last king of the Northern Kingdom (Israel), takes steps with Egypt to escape paying tribute to Assyria. Assyria finds out and imprisons him and that is last we hear of the last King of the North. Then Assyria besieges the capital city, finally conquers it and takes away all of the northern kingdom’s people to foreign lands. It is because of their idolatry, and disobedience, including child sacrifice, that God judged them using Assyria. The historian in this chapter unleashes a scathing sermon rebuking the loss of the kingdom because of their astounding apostasy for the sake of future generations.
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