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Hoshea (ho-shç'ah), salvation. 1. The 19th, last and best king of Israel. He succeeded Pekah, whom he slew in a successful conspiracy, thereby fulfilling a prophecy of Isaiah. Isaiah 7:16. In the third year of his reign (b.c. 726) Shalmaneser cruelly stormed the strong caves of Beth-arbel, Hosea 10:14, and made Israel tributary, 2 Kings 17:3, for three years. At the end of this period Hoshea entered into a secret alliance with So, king of Egypt, to throw off the Assyrian yoke. The alliance did him no good; it was revealed to the court of Nineveh by the Assyrian party in Ephraim, and Hoshea was immediately seized as a rebellious vassal, shut up in prison, and apparently treated with the utmost Indignity. Micah 5:1. Nothing is known of Hoshea after this event. 2. The son of Nun, i.e., Joshua, Deuteronomy 32:44; and also in Numbers 13:8, R. V., though there the A.V. has Oshea. 3. Son of Azaziah, 1 Chronicles 27:20; like his great namesake, a man of Ephraim, ruler of his tribe in the time of king David. (b.c. 1019.) 4. One of the heads of the people who sealed the covenant with Nehemiah. Nehemiah 10:23. (b.c. 410.)

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Hoshea'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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