Second Kings 17


17:1 In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the
 son of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years.
17:2 And he did [that which was] evil in the sight of the LORD,
 but not as the kings of Israel that were before him.
17:3 Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea
 became his servant, and gave him presents.
17:4 And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea: for he
 had sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and brought no present
 to the king of Assyria, as [he had done] year by year:
 therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in
 prison.
17:5 Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land,
 and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years.
17:6 In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria took
 Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them
 in Halah and in Habor [by] the river of Gozan, and in the
 cities of the Medes.
17:7 For [so] it was, that the children of Israel had sinned
 against the LORD their God, who had brought them out of the
 land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt,
 and had feared other gods,
17:8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD
 cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings
 of Israel which they had made.
17:9 And the children of Israel did secretly things that [were]
 not right against the LORD their God, and they built for
 themselves high places in all their cities, from the tower of
 the watchmen to the fortified city.
17:10 And they set up for themselves images and groves on every
 high hill, and under every green tree:
17:11 And there they burnt incense on all the high places, as
 [did] the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and
 wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger:
17:12 For they served idols, of which the LORD had said to them,
 Ye shall not do this thing.
17:13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah,
 by all the prophets, [and by] all the seers, saying, Turn ye
 from your evil ways, and keep my commandments [and] my
 statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your
 fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.
17:14 Notwithstanding, they would not hear, but hardened their
 necks, like the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in
 the LORD their God.
17:15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he
 made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified
 against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and
 went after the heathen that [were] around them, [concerning]
 whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like
 them.
17:16 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God,
 and made for themselves molten images, [even] two calves, and
 made a grove, and worshiped all the host of heaven, and served
 Baal.
17:17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass
 through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and
 sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke
 him to anger.
17:18 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed
 them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of
 Judah only.
17:19 Also Judah kept not the commandments of the LORD their
 God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.
17:20 And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and
 afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers,
 until he had cast them out of his sight.
17:21 For he rent Israel from the house of David; and they made
 Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drove Israel from
 following the LORD, and made them sin a great sin.
17:22 For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of
 Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them;
17:23 Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had
 said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried
 away out of their own land to Assyria to this day.
17:24 And the king of Assyria brought [men] from Babylon, and
 from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from
 Sepharvaim, and placed [them] in the cities of Samaria instead
 of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and
 dwelt in its cities.
17:25 And [so] it was at the beginning of their dwelling there,
 [that] they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions
 among them, which slew [some] of them.
17:26 Wherefore they spoke to the king of Assyria, saying, The
 nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of
 Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land: therefore
 he hath sent lions among them, and behold, they slay them,
 because they know not the manner of the God of the land.
17:27 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither
 one of the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let them go
 and dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of the God
 of the land.
17:28 Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from
 Samaria came and dwelt in Beth-el, and taught them how they
 should fear the LORD.
17:29 Yet, every nation made gods of their own, and put [them]
 in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made,
 every nation in their cities in which they dwelt.
17:30 And the men of Babylon made Succoth-benoth, and the men of
 Cuth made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima,
17:31 And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites
 burnt their children in the fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech,
 the gods of Sepharvaim.
17:32 So they feared the LORD, and made to themselves of the
 lowest of them priests of the high places, who sacrificed for
 them in the houses of the high places.
17:33 They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the
 manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.
17:34 To this day they do after the former manners: they fear
 not the LORD, neither do they after their statutes, or after
 their ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the
 LORD commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel;
17:35 With whom the LORD had made a covenant, and charged them,
 saying, Ye shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to
 them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them:
17:36 But the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt
 with great power and an out-stretched arm, him shall ye fear,
 and him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice.
17:37 And the statutes, and the ordinances, and the law, and the
 commandment which he wrote for you, ye shall observe to do for
 evermore; and ye shall not fear other gods.
17:38 And the covenant that I have made with you ye shall not
 forget; neither shall ye fear other gods.
17:39 But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he will deliver
 you out of the hand of all your enemies.
17:40 Yet they did not hearken, but they did after their former
 manner.
17:41 So these nations feared the LORD, and served their graven
 images, both their children, and their children's children: as
 did their fathers, so do they to this day.
 
 

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