2 Kings 17

Hoshea Reigns over Israel

1In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah a  Hoshea the son of Elah became king over Israel in Samaria, and reigned nine years. 2He did evil in the sight of the  Lord, only not as the kings of Israel who were before him. 3 b  Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up c  against him, and Hoshea became his servant and paid him tribute. 4But the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea, who had sent messengers to So king of Egypt and had offered no tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year; so the king of Assyria shut him up and bound him in prison.

5Then the king of Assyria invaded the whole land and went up to d  Samaria and besieged it three years.

Israel Captive

6In the ninth year of Hoshea e  the king of Assyria captured Samaria and f  carried Israel away into exile to Assyria, and g  settled them in Halah and Habor, on the river of h  Gozan, and i  in the cities of the Medes.

Why Israel Fell

7Now j  this came about because the sons of Israel had sinned against the  Lord their God, k  who had brought them up from the land of Egypt from under the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, l  and they had
Lit revered, and so throughout the ch
feared other gods
8and n  walked in the
Lit statutes
customs of the nations whom the  Lord had driven out before the sons of Israel, and in the customs p  of the kings of Israel which they had
Lit made
9The sons of Israel
Or uttered words which
did things secretly which were not right against the  Lord their God. Moreover, they built for themselves high places in all their towns, from s  watchtower to fortified city.
10 t  They set for themselves sacred pillars and
I.e. wooden symbols of a female deity
v  Asherim on every high hill and under every green tree,
11and there they burned incense on all the high places as the nations did which the  Lord had carried away to exile before them; and they did evil things provoking the  Lord. 12They served idols w  concerning which the  Lord had said to them, “You shall not do this thing.” 13Yet the x   Lord warned Israel and Judah y  through all His prophets and z  every seer, saying, aa  Turn from your evil ways and keep My commandments, My statutes according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you through My servants the prophets.” 14However, they did not listen, but ab  stiffened their neck
Lit like the neck of
like their fathers, who did not believe in the  Lord their God.
15 ad  They rejected His statutes and ae  His covenant which He made with their fathers and His warnings with which He warned them. And af  they followed vanity and ag  became vain, and went after the nations which surrounded them, concerning which the ah   Lord had commanded them not to do like them. 16They forsook all the commandments of the  Lord their God and made for themselves molten images, even ai  two calves, and aj  made an
I.e. a wooden symbol of a female deity
Asherah and al  worshiped all the host of heaven and am  served Baal.
17Then an  they made their sons and their daughters pass through the fire, and ao  practiced divination and enchantments, and ap  sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the  Lord, provoking Him. 18So the  Lord was very angry with Israel and aq  removed them from His
Lit face
sight; as  none was left except the tribe of Judah.

19Also at  Judah did not keep the commandments of the  Lord their God, but au  walked in the
Lit statutes
Lit of Israel which they
which Israel had
Lit made
20The  Lord rejected all the
Lit seed
descendants of Israel and afflicted them and az  gave them into the hand of plunderers, until He had cast them
Lit from His face
out of His sight.

21When bb  He had torn Israel from the house of David bc  they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king. Then bd  Jeroboam drove Israel away from following the  Lord and made them
Lit sin
commit a great sin.
22The sons of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they did not depart from them 23 bf  until the  Lord removed Israel from His sight bg  as He spoke through all His servants the prophets. bh  So Israel was carried away into exile from their own land to Assyria until this day.

Cities of Israel Filled with Strangers

24 bi  The king of Assyria brought men from Babylon and from Cuthah and from
In 2 Kin 18:34, Ivvah
bk  Avva and from bl  Hamath and Sepharvaim, and settled them in the cities of Samaria in place of the sons of Israel. So they possessed Samaria and lived in its cities.
25At the beginning of their living there, they bm  did not fear the  Lord; therefore the  Lord sent lions among them which killed some of them. 26So they spoke to the king of Assyria, saying, “The nations whom you have carried away into exile in the cities of Samaria do not know the custom of the god of the land; so he has sent lions among them, and behold, they kill them because they do not know the custom of the god of the land.”

27Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, “Take there one of the priests whom you carried away into
Lit exile from there
exile and let
Lit them
him go and live there; and let him teach them the custom of the god of the land.”
28So one of the priests whom they had carried away into exile from Samaria came and lived at Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the  Lord.

29But every nation still made gods of its own and put them bp  in the houses of the high places which the people of Samaria had made, every nation in their cities in which they lived. 30 bq  The men of Babylon made Succoth-benoth, the men of Cuth made Nergal, the men of Hamath made Ashima, 31and the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak; and br  the Sepharvites burned their children in the fire to bs  Adrammelech and Anammelech the gods of bt  Sepharvaim. 32 bu  They also feared the  Lord and
Lit made for themselves from among
bw  appointed from among themselves priests of the high places, who acted for them in the houses of the high places.
33They feared the  Lord and served their own gods according to the custom of the nations from among whom they had been carried away into exile.

34To this day they do according to the earlier customs: they do not fear the  Lord, nor do they
Lit do according to
follow their statutes or their ordinances or the law, or the commandments which the  Lord commanded the sons of Jacob by  whom He named Israel;
35with whom the  Lord made a covenant and commanded them, saying, bz  You shall not fear other gods, nor ca  bow down yourselves to them nor cb  serve them nor sacrifice to them. 36“But the  Lord, cc  who brought you up from the land of Egypt with great power and with cd  an outstretched arm, ce  Him you shall fear, and to Him you shall bow yourselves down, and to Him you shall sacrifice. 37The statutes and the ordinances and the law and the commandment which He wrote for you, cf  you shall observe to do forever; and you shall not fear other gods. 38The covenant that I have made with you, cg  you shall not forget, nor shall you fear other gods. 39“But the  Lord your God you shall fear; and He will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.” 40However, they did not listen, but they did according to their earlier custom. 41 ch  So while these nations feared the  Lord, they also served their
Or graven images
idols; their children likewise and their grandchildren, as their fathers did, so they do to this day.
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