Hoshea Reigns in Israel

17 In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah, (A)Hoshea the son of Elah became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned nine years.

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For now they say,
“We have no king,
Because we did not fear the Lord.
And as for a king, what would he do for us?”

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As for Samaria, her king is cut off
Like a twig on the water.

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15 Thus it shall be done to you, O Bethel,
Because of your great wickedness.
At dawn the king of Israel
Shall be cut off utterly.

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