Hoshea ruled over Israel.
Hoshea did what was evil in God's sight.
The people in Israel also worshiped other gods,
sinning against God
They imitated the works of the pagan nations
God had driven out from the land.
They had secretly done many things
that were not pleasing to God.
God had sent his prophets many times
to have Israel turn from their evils ways.
But they did not listen.
They rejected God and his words.
So God swept them from his presence.
God punished them by handing them over to Assyria, their attacker.