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2 Kings 17 1 Hoshea son of Elah began to rule over Israel in the twelfth year of King Ahaz's reign in Judah. He reigned in Samaria nine years.
2 Kings 17 2 He did what was evil in the LORD's sight, but not as much as the kings of Israel who ruled before him.
2 Kings 17 3 King Shalmaneser of Assyria attacked and defeated King Hoshea, so Israel was forced to pay heavy annual tribute to Assyria.
2 Kings 17 4 Then Hoshea conspired against the king of Assyria by asking King So of Egypt to help him shake free of Assyria's power and by refusing to pay the annual tribute to Assyria. When the king of Assyria discovered this treachery, he arrested him and put him in prison for his rebellion.
2 Kings 17 5 Then the king of Assyria invaded the entire land, and for three years he besieged Samaria.
2 Kings 17 6 Finally, in the ninth year of King Hoshea's reign, Samaria fell, and the people of Israel were exiled to Assyria. They were settled in colonies in Halah, along the banks of the Habor River in Gozan, and among the cities of the Medes.
2 Kings 17 7 This disaster came upon the nation of Israel because the people worshiped other gods, sinning against the LORD their God, who had brought them safely out of their slavery in Egypt.
2 Kings 17 8 They had imitated the practices of the pagan nations the LORD had driven from the land before them, as well as the practices the kings of Israel had introduced.
2 Kings 17 9 The people of Israel had also secretly done many things that were not pleasing to the LORD their God. They built pagan shrines for themselves in all their towns, from the smallest outpost to the largest walled city.
2 Kings 17 10 They set up sacred pillars and Asherah poles at the top of every hill and under every green tree.
2 Kings 17 11 They burned incense at the shrines, just like the nations the LORD had driven from the land ahead of them. So the people of Israel had done many evil things, arousing the LORD's anger.
2 Kings 17 12 Yes, they worshiped idols, despite the LORD's specific and repeated warnings.
2 Kings 17 13 Again and again the LORD had sent his prophets and seers to warn both Israel and Judah: "Turn from all your evil ways. Obey my commands and laws, which are contained in the whole law that I commanded your ancestors and which I gave you through my servants the prophets."
2 Kings 17 14 But the Israelites would not listen. They were as stubborn as their ancestors and refused to believe in the LORD their God.
2 Kings 17 15 They rejected his laws and the covenant he had made with their ancestors, and they despised all his warnings. They worshiped worthless idols and became worthless themselves. They followed the example of the nations around them, disobeying the LORD's command not to imitate them.
2 Kings 17 16 They defied all the commands of the LORD their God and made two calves from metal. They set up an Asherah pole and worshiped Baal and all the forces of heaven.
2 Kings 17 17 They even sacrificed their own sons and daughters in the fire. They consulted fortune-tellers and used sorcery and sold themselves to evil, arousing the LORD's anger.
2 Kings 17 18 And because the LORD was angry, he swept them from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah remained in the land.
2 Kings 17 19 But even the people of Judah refused to obey the commands of the LORD their God. They walked down the same evil paths that Israel had established.
2 Kings 17 20 So the LORD rejected all the descendants of Israel. He punished them by handing them over to their attackers until they were destroyed.
2 Kings 17 21 For when the LORD tore Israel away from the kingdom of David, they chose Jeroboam son of Nebat as their king. Then Jeroboam drew Israel away from following the LORD and made them commit a great sin.
2 Kings 17 22 And the people of Israel persisted in all the evil ways of Jeroboam. They did not turn from these sins of idolatry
2 Kings 17 23 until the LORD finally swept them away, just as all his prophets had warned would happen. So Israel was carried off to the land of Assyria, where they remain to this day.
2 Kings 17 24 And the king of Assyria transported groups of people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim and resettled them in the towns of Samaria, replacing the people of Israel. So the Assyrians took over Samaria and the other towns of Israel.
2 Kings 17 25 But since these foreign settlers did not worship the LORD when they first arrived, the LORD sent lions among them to kill some of them.
2 Kings 17 26 So a message was sent to the king of Assyria: "The people whom you have resettled in the towns of Israel do not know how to worship the God of the land. He has sent lions among them to destroy them because they have not worshiped him correctly."
2 Kings 17 27 The king of Assyria then commanded, "Send one of the exiled priests from Samaria back to Israel. Let him teach the new residents the religious customs of the God of the land."
2 Kings 17 28 So one of the priests who had been exiled from Samaria returned to Bethel and taught the new residents how to worship the LORD.
2 Kings 17 29 But these various groups of foreigners also continued to worship their own gods. In town after town where they lived, they placed their idols at the pagan shrines that the people of Israel had built.
2 Kings 17 30 Those from Babylon worshiped idols of their god Succoth-benoth. Those from Cuthah worshiped their god Nergal. And those from Hamath worshiped Ashima.
2 Kings 17 31 The Avvites worshiped their gods Nibhaz and Tartak. And the people from Sepharvaim even burned their own children as sacrifices to Adrammelech and Anammelech.
2 Kings 17 32 These new residents worshiped the LORD, but they appointed from among themselves priests to offer sacrifices at the pagan shrines.
2 Kings 17 33 And though they worshiped the LORD, they continued to follow the religious customs of the nations from which they came.
2 Kings 17 34 And this is still going on among them today. They follow their former practices instead of truly worshiping the LORD and obeying the laws, regulations, instructions, and commands he gave the descendants of Jacob, whose name he changed to Israel.
2 Kings 17 35 For the LORD had made a covenant with the descendants of Jacob and commanded them: "Do not worship any other gods or bow before them or serve them or offer sacrifices to them.
2 Kings 17 36 Worship only the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt with such mighty miracles and power. You must worship him and bow before him; offer sacrifices to him alone.
2 Kings 17 37 Be careful to obey all the laws, regulations, instructions, and commands that he wrote for you. You must not worship any other gods.
2 Kings 17 38 Do not forget the covenant I made with you, and do not worship other gods.
2 Kings 17 39 You must worship only the LORD your God. He is the one who will rescue you from all your enemies."
2 Kings 17 40 But the people would not listen and continued to follow their old ways.
2 Kings 17 41 So while these new residents worshiped the LORD, they also worshiped their idols. And to this day their descendants do the same.