2 Kings 17

1 In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began aHoshea the son of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years. 2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, but not as the kings of Israel that were before him. 3 Against him came up bShalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gave him presents. 4 And 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.

5 Then cthe king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years. 6 fIn the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and ecarried Israel away into Assyria, dand placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes. 7 For 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, 8 And gwalked 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.

9 And the children of Israel did secretly hthose things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, ifrom the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. 10 lAnd they set them up images and kgroves jin every high hill, and under every green tree: 11 And 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: 12 For they served idols, nwhereof the LORD had said unto them, mYe shall not do this thing. 13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all othe seers, saying, pTurn 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.

14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but qhardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God. 15 And they rejected his statutes, uand his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed tvanity, and sbecame vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should rnot do like them. 16 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and xmade them molten images, even two calves, wand made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, vand served Baal. 17 bAnd they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and ayused divination and enchantments, and zsold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

18 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left cbut the tribe of Judah only. 19 Also dJudah kept not the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made. 20 And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and edelivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight. 21 For fhe rent Israel from the house of David; and gthey made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Israel from following the LORD, and made them sin a great sin. 22 For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them; 23 Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, has he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.

24 jAnd the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from iAva, 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. 25 And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that kthey feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which slew some of them. 26 Wherefore they 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. 27 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of lthe 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. 28 Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Beth-el, and taught them how they should fear the LORD.

29 Howbeit 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. 30 And the men of Babylon made Succoth-benoth, and the men of Cuth made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima, 31 And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites mburnt their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim. 32 So they feared the LORD, nand made unto themselves of the lowest of them priests of the high places, which sacrificed for them in the houses of the high places. 33 oThey feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.

34 Unto 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, pwhom he named Israel; 35 With whom the LORD had made a covenant, and charged them, saying, qYe shall not fear other gods, nor rbow yourselves to them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them: 36 But the LORD, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and a tstretched out arm, shim shall ye fear, and him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice. 37 And the statutes, and the ordinances, and the law, and the commandment, which he wrote for you, uye shall observe to do for evermore; and ye shall not fear other gods. 38 And the covenant that I have made with you vye shall not forget; neither shall ye fear other gods. 39 But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies. 40 Howbeit they did not hearken, but they did after their former manner. 41 So these nations wfeared 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.

Cross Ref
1a2 Kin 15:30
3b2 Kin 18:9
5c2 Kin 18:9
6d1 Chr 5:26
eDeu 28:64
Deu 28:36
Lev 26:32
fHos 13:16
2 Kin 18:10
8g2 Kin 16:3
Deu 18:9
Lev 18:3
9hDeu 13:6
Eze 8:12
i2 Kin 18:8
10j2 Kin 16:4
Deu 12:2
kMic 5:14
Deu 16:21
Exo 34:13
lIsa 57:5
12mDeu 4:19
nDeu 5:7
Lev 26:1
Exo 20:3
13o1 Sam 9:9
pIsa 1:16-20
Jer 18:11
14qPro 29:1
Deu 31:27
15rDeu 12:30-31
sRom 1:21
Jer 2:5
Psa 115:8
t1 Cor 8:4
Deu 32:21
uDeu 29:25
16v2 Kin 11:18
1 Kin 16:31
w1 Kin 14:15
xExo 32:8
17yIsa 2:6
Jer 27:9
Mic 5:12
Act 16:16
Gal 5:20
zIsa 50:1
a2 Kin 21:6
Deu 18:10
bEze 16:20
Lev 18:21
2 Kin 16:3
2 Chr 28:3
Psa 106:37-38
Isa 57:5
Jer 7:31
18c1 Kin 11:13
1 Kin 11:32
19dJer 3:8
20e2 Kin 13:3
21f1 Kin 11:11
1 Kin 11:31
g1 Kin 12:20
1 Kin 12:28
23h1 Kin 14:16
24i2 Kin 18:34
jEzr 4:2
25kEph 2:12
27lJdg 17:13
31mDeu 12:31
Lev 18:21
32n1 Kin 12:31
33oLuk 16:13
Mat 6:24
Zep 1:5
Hos 10:2
Isa 29:13
34pGen 32:28
35qJdg 6:10
rExo 20:5
36sRev 15:4
Deu 10:20
tExo 6:6
37uDeu 5:32
38vDeu 4:23
41wJos 24:14
Zep 1:5
Luk 16:13
Joh 4:24
Rev 3:15