2 Kings 17

CHAPTER 17

Hoshea Reigns in Israel

In [2year 1the twelfth] of Ahaz king of Judah, [4reigned 1Hoshea 2son 3of Elah] in Samaria over Israel for nine years. And he did the wicked thing in the eyes of the  lord, only not as the kings of Israel who were before him. Against him there ascended Shalmaneser king of the Assyrians; and [2became 3to him 1Hoshea] as a servant, and he bore [2to him 1gifts]. And [4found 1the 2king 3of the Assyrians 6by 7Hoshea 5a plot], for Hoshea sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and did not bring gifts to the king of the Assyrians year by year. And [4assaulted 5him 1the 2king 3of the Assyrians], and tied him up in the house of the prison. And the king of the Assyrians ascended unto all the land, and ascended unto Samaria, and assaulted it for three years. In [2year 1the ninth] of Hoshea, [4seized 1the king 2of the 3Assyrians] Samaria, and he resettled Israel into Assyria, and he settled them in Halah and in Habor, the rivers of Gozan, in the mountains of the Medes.

The LORD Recounts Israel's Sin

And it came to pass that [4sinned 1the 2sons 3of Israel] against the  lord their God, the one leading them from out of the land of Egypt, from beneath the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and they feared [2gods 1other]. And they went by the ordinances of the nations which the  lord removed in front of the sons of Israel, and the kings of Israel as many as they did. And [4clothed 1the 2sons 3of Israel] words of wrongdoings against the  lord their God. And they built to themselves high places in all their cities, from [2tower 1guard] unto [2city 1fortified]. 10 And they set up to themselves stone monuments and sacred groves upon every [2hill 1high], and underneath every tree of the woods. 11 And they burned incense there in all the high places, as the nations which the  lord moved far away from their face. And they made partners, and they graved images to provoke [3to anger 1the 2  lord]. 12 And they served to the idols which the  lord said to them, Do not do this thing! 13 And the  lord testified to Israel, and to Judah, by the hand of all his prophets, every one of them seers, saying, Turn from [3ways 1your 2wicked], and guard my commandments, and my ordinances, and every law! which I gave charge to your fathers, as many as I sent to them by the hand of my servants the prophets. 14 And they did not hearken, and they hardened their back above the back of their fathers, the ones that trusted not in the  lord their God; 15 even thrusting away his covenant, and the ordinances which he ordained with their fathers, and his testimonies, as many as he testified to them; and they went after the vain things, and acted in folly, and followed after the nations surrounding them, which the  lord gave charge to them to not do according to these things. 16 And they abandoned the commandments of the  lord their God, and they made for themselves molten castings of two heifers, and they made a sacred grove, and did obeisance to all the military of the heaven, and they served to Baal. 17 And they led their sons and their daughters through fire. And they used oracles of divinations, and they foretold. And they were sold to do the wicked thing in the eyes of the  lord, to provoke him to anger. 18 And the  lord was enraged exceedingly with Israel, and he removed them from his face. He did not leave any behind except the tribe of Judah alone. 19 And indeed Judah did not guard the commandments of the  lord his God, and they went by the ordinances of Israel, which they did, and they thrusted away the  lord. 20 And the  lord was enraged with all the seed of Israel, and he shook them off, and gave them into the hand of the ones tearing them in pieces, until of which time he threw them away from his face. 21 Except that Israel was torn from the house of David; and they gave reign to Jeroboam son of Nebat. And Jeroboam banished Israel from following the  lord, and he led them into sin -- [2sin 1a great]. 22 And [4went 1the 2sons 3of Israel] in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did -- they did not abstain from them; 23 until of which time the  lord removed Israel from his face, as the  lord spoke by the hand of all his servants the prophets. And Israel was resettled from its land into Assyria until this day. 24 And [3led 1the king 2of the Assyrians] from out of Babylon the one from out of Cuthah, and from out of Ava, and from out of Hamath, and Sepharvaim, and settled them in the cities of Samaria instead of the sons of Israel. And they inherited Samaria, and they settled in its cities. 25 And it came to pass in the beginning of their place of sitting down, they did not fear the  lord. And the  lord sent among them the lions, and they were being killed by them. 26 And they said to the king of the Assyrians, saying, The nations which you resettled and relocated, in the cities of Samaria, they know not the distinguishing manner of the God of the land. And he sent to them lions, and behold, they are killing them, in so far as they do not know the distinguishing manner of the God of the land. 27 And [4gave charge 1the 2king 3of the Assyrians], saying, Lead away there one of the priests whom I resettled from Samaria! and let him go and let him dwell there! and he shall enlighten them on the distinguishing manner of the God of the land. 28 And they brought one of the priests which they resettled from Samaria, and he settled in Bethel. And he was enlightening them how they should fear the  lord. 29 And [3were 4making 1nation 2by nation] their gods. And they put them in the houses of the high places, which [3made 1the 2Samaritans], nation by nation in their cities in which they dwelt. 30 And the men of Babylon made Succoth Benoth. And the men of Cuth made Nergal. And the men of Hamath made Ashima. 31 And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak. And the Sepharvites incinerated their sons by fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, gods of the Sepharvaim. 32 And they were fearing the  lord, and they made for themselves priests of the high places; and they offered for themselves in the houses of the high places. 33 [2the 3  lord 1They were fearing], and [2their gods 1they served], according to the distinguishing manner of the nations from where he resettled them from there. 34 Until this day they do according to their distinguishing manner. They are not fearing the  lord, and they do not do according to their ordinances, and according to their judgment, and according to the law, and according to the commandment which the  lord gave charge to the sons of Jacob, of whom he established his name Israel. 35 And the  lord ordained with them a covenant, and he gave charge to them, saying, You shall not fear [2gods 1other], and you shall not do obeisance to them, and you shall not serve to them, and you shall not sacrifice to them. 36 For only to the  lord, who led you from out of the land of Egypt with [2strength 1great] and with [2arm 1a high], him you shall fear, and to him you shall do obeisance, and to him you shall sacrifice. 37 And his ordinances, and the judgments, and the commandments, and the law which he wrote for you, you shall guard to do all the days, and you shall not fear [2gods 1other]. 38 And the covenant which he ordained with you you shall not forget; and you shall not fear [2gods 1other]. 39 For only the  lord your God -- him you shall fear; and he will rescue you from the hand of all your enemies. 40 And they hearkened not, but only in [3ordinances 1their 2former] they acted. 41 And [3were 2nations 1these] fearing the  lord, and [2to 3their carvings 1they served]; even indeed their sons, and the sons of their sons -- [3as 4did 5their fathers 1they 2do] unto this day.
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