2 Kings 17:6

The Fall of Israel

6In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria a  captured Samaria, b  and he carried the Israelites away to Assyria c  and placed them in Halah, and on the Habor, the river of d  Gozan, and in the cities of e  the Medes.

2 Kings 17:23-41

23until the  Lord removed Israel out of his sight, f  as he had spoken by all his servants the prophets. g  So Israel was exiled from their own land to Assyria until this day.

Assyria Resettles Samaria

24 h  And the king of Assyria brought people from i  Babylon, Cuthah j  Avva k  Hamath, and l  Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the people of Israel. And they took possession of Samaria and lived in its cities. 25And at the beginning of their dwelling there, they did not fear the  Lord. Therefore the  Lord sent lions among them, which killed some of them. 26So the king of Assyria was told, “The nations that you have carried away and placed in the cities of Samaria do not know the law of the god of the land. Therefore he has sent lions among them, and behold, they are killing them, because they do not know the law of the god of the land.” 27Then the king of Assyria commanded, “Send there one of the priests whom you carried away from there, and let him
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go and dwell there and teach them the law of the god of the land.”
28So one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and lived in n  Bethel and taught them how they should fear the  Lord.

29But every nation still made gods of its own and put them o  in the shrines of the high places that the Samaritans had made, every nation in the cities in which they lived. 30The men of p  Babylon made Succoth-benoth, the men of Cuth made Nergal, the men of Hamath made Ashima, 31and the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak; and the Sepharvites q  burned their children in the fire to r  Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of s  Sepharvaim. 32 t  They also feared the  Lord u  and appointed from among themselves all sorts of people as priests of the high places, who sacrificed for them in the shrines of v  the high places. 33So they feared the  Lord but also served their own gods, after the manner of the nations from among whom they had been carried away.

34To this day they do according to the former manner. They do not fear the  Lord, and they do not follow the statutes or the rules or the law or the commandment that the  Lord commanded the children of Jacob, w  whom he named Israel. 35The  Lord made a covenant with them and commanded them, x  “You shall not fear other gods y  or bow yourselves to them or serve them or sacrifice to them, 36but z  you shall fear the  Lord, aa  who brought you out of the land of Egypt with great power and ab  with an outstretched arm. You shall bow yourselves to him, and to him you shall sacrifice. 37And the statutes and the rules and the law and the commandment that he wrote for you, ac  you shall always be careful to do. ad  You shall not fear other gods, 38and ae  you shall not forget the covenant that I have made with you. af  You shall not fear other gods, 39but ag  you shall fear the  Lord your God, and he will deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.” 40However, they would not listen, but they did according to their former manner.

41 ah  So these nations feared the  Lord and also served their carved images. Their children did likewise, and their children’s childrenas their fathers did, so they do to this day.

Isaiah 27:11

11When its boughs are dry, they are broken;
women come and make a fire of them.
ai  For this is a people without discernment;
therefore he who made them will not have compassion on them;
he who formed them will show them no favor.
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