Hoshea rules Israel for 9 years, and disobeys God. Assyria imprisons Hoshea after uncovering his conspiracy against them, besieges Samaria, and takes Israel away as captives. The reason for Israel’s demise is its disobedience, and its rejection of repeated warnings. Assyrians settle in Samaria, which is now characterised by a mish-mash of different religions and religious practices, including Yahwehism.
Hezekiah rules Judah, and obeys God, removing the high places and destroying the bronze serpent of Moses which was worshipped idolatrously. Hezekiah defies Assyria, and subdues the Philistines. Assyria takes Israel captive. Assyria takes the fenced cities of Judah. Hezekiah tries to buy peace from the Assyrians, but Assyria threatens nonetheless. Rabshekah, the general of the Assyrian king Sennacherib, delivers an insulting speech about defying the Assyrians, trusting in the Lord, and trusting in the Egyptians. He speaks in Hebrew so all can understand him.
Hezekiah consults Isaiah, who speaks words of assurance on behalf of God to Hezekiah: Sennacherib will be defeated, and killed in his own land. Hezekiah prays. Isaiah prophesies against Sennacherib. An angel kills 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. Sennacherib returns home, and is killed by his sons while worshipping in a pagan temple.
Hezekiah is very sick, and is told by God via Isaiah to put his house in order, because he will die. He asks God for more life, and is told (again by Isaiah) that he will recover and live another 15 years. As a sign, he makes the shadow on a sundial move backwards rather than forwards. Hezekiah bares the treasures of his kingdom to the son of the king of Babylon. Isaiah says the Lord is displeased, and that a day will come when the Babylonians carry the treasures and people of Judah away. Hezekiah dies, replaced by Manasseh.
Manasseh rules Judah for 55 years, rebuilds the high places, and worships other gods. Prophets predict Jerusalem’s destruction – it will be wiped as one wipes a dish. Amon rules Judah for two years, and turns from God. He is killed by his servants, and replaced by Josiah.