2 Kings 17
the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years.
2And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, but not as the kings
of Israel that were before him.
came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gave him presents.
4And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea: for he had sent messengers
to So king of Egypt, and brought no present to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore the king of Assyria
shut him up, and bound him in prison.
the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years.
6In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel
away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
7For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God,
which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods,
8And walked in the statutes of the heathen,
whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made.
9And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against
the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.
10And they set them up images and groves in
every high hill, and under every green tree:
there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked
things to provoke the LORD to anger:
they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.
13Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers,
saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded
your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.
14Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers,
that did not believe in the LORD their God.
they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against
them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the
LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them.
they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and
worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.
they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves
to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.
19Also Judah kept not the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the
statutes of Israel which they made.
the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast
them out of his sight.
21For he rent Israel
from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Israel from following the LORD,
and made them sin a great sin.
22For the children
of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them;
23Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants
the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.
24And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava,
and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they
possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof.
so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them,
which slew some of them.
spake to the king of Assyria, saying, The nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria, know not the
manner of the God of the land: therefore he hath sent lions among them, and, behold, they slay them, because they know not
the manner of the God of the land.
the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let them go and dwell
there, and let him teach them the manner of the God of the land.
28Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught
them how they should fear the LORD.
every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made, every nation
in their cities wherein they dwelt.
the men of Babylon made Succothbenoth, and the men of Cuth made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima,
31And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burnt their children
in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim.
they feared the LORD, and made unto themselves of the lowest of them priests of the high places, which sacrificed for them
in the houses of the high places.
the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.
34Unto this day they do after the former manners: they fear not the LORD, neither
do they after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the LORD commanded the children
of Jacob, whom he named Israel;
the LORD had made a covenant, and charged them, saying, Ye shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to them, nor serve
them, nor sacrifice to them:
36But the LORD,
who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and a stretched out arm, him shall ye fear, and him shall ye
worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice.
the statutes, and the ordinances, and the law, and the commandment, which he wrote for you, ye shall observe to do for evermore;
and ye shall not fear other gods.
covenant that I have made with you ye shall not forget; neither shall ye fear other gods.
39But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you out of the hand
of all your enemies.
40Howbeit they did not
hearken, but they did after their former manner.
these nations feared the LORD, and served their graven images, both their children, and their children's children: as did
their fathers, so do they unto this day.