2 Kings 17* Reign of Hoshea in Israel, The israelites carried captives bythe Assyrians. (1-6) Captivity of the Israelites. (7-23) Thenations placed in the land of Israel. (24-41)1-6 When the measure of sin is filled up, the Lord will forbearno longer. The inhabitants of Samaria must have endured greataffliction. Some of the poor Israelites were left in the land.Those who were carried captives to a great distance, were mostlylost among the nations. 7-23 Though the destruction of the kingdom of the ten tribeswas but briefly related, it is in these verses largely commentedupon, and the reasons of it given. It was destruction from theAlmighty: the Assyrian was but the rod of his anger, #Isa 10:5|.Those that bring sin into a country or family, bring a plagueinto it, and will have to answer for all the mischief thatfollows. And vast as the outward wickedness of the world is, thesecret sins, evil thoughts, desires, and purposes of mankind aremuch greater. There are outward sins which are marked by infamy;but ingratitude, neglect, and enmity to God, and the idolatryand impiety which proceed therefrom, are far more malignant.Without turning from every evil way, and keeping God's statutes,there can be no true godliness; but this must spring from beliefof his testimony, as to wrath against all ungodliness andunrighteousness, and his mercy in Christ Jesus. 24-41 The terror of the Almighty will sometimes produce aforced or feigned submission in unconverted men; like thosebrought from different countries to inhabit Israel. But suchwill form unworthy thoughts of God, will expect to please him byoutward forms, and will vainly try to reconcile his service withthe love of the world and the indulgence of their lusts. Maythat fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom, possessour hearts, and influence our conduct, that we may be ready forevery change. Wordly settlements are uncertain; we know notwhither we may be driven before we die, and we must soon leavethe world; but the righteous hath chosen that good part whichshall not be taken from him.
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