17:4 The king of Assyria discovered that Hoshea was planning a revolt. 1 Hoshea had sent messengers to King So 2 of Egypt and had not sent his annual tribute to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria arrested him and imprisoned him. 3
2 Kings 23:33Context
23:33 Pharaoh Necho imprisoned him in Riblah in the land of Hamath and prevented him from ruling in Jerusalem. 4 He imposed on the land a special tax 5 of one hundred talents 6 of silver and a talent of gold.
2 Kings 25:7Context
25:7 Zedekiah’s sons were executed while Zedekiah was forced to watch. 7 The king of Babylon 8 then had Zedekiah’s eyes put out, bound him in bronze chains, and carried him off to Babylon.
1 tn Heb “and the king of Assyria found in Hoshea conspiracy.”
2 sn For discussion of this name, see HALOT 744 s.v. סוֹא and M. Cogan and H. Tadmor, II Kings (AB), 196.
3 tn Heb “and bound him in the house of confinement.”
4 tc The consonantal text (Kethib) has “when [he was] ruling in Jerusalem,” but the marginal reading (Qere), which has support from Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, and Latin witnesses, has “[preventing him] from ruling in Jerusalem.”
5 tn Or “fine.”
6 tn The Hebrew term כִּכָּר (kikkar, “circle”) refers generally to something that is round. When used of metals it can refer to a disk-shaped weight made of the metal or to a standard unit of weight, generally regarded as a talent. Since the accepted weight for a talent of metal is about 75 pounds, this would have amounted to about 7,500 pounds of silver and 75 pounds of gold (cf. NCV, NLT); CEV “almost four tons of silver and about seventy-five pounds of gold.”
7 tn Heb “were killed before his eyes.”
8 tn Heb “he”; the referent (the king of Babylon) has been specified in the translation for clarity.