2nd Kings 16

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The Second Book of the Kings

Chapter 17

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In the twelfth 6240 year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son of Elah to reign1 in Samaria over Israel nine years.

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And he did4 [that which was] evil in the sight of the LORD, but not as the kings of Israel that were before him.

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Against him came up1 Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gave55 him presents.

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And the king of Assyria found4 conspiracy in Hoshea: for he had sent1 messengers to So king of Egypt, and brought52 no present to the king of Assyria, as [he had done] year by year: therefore the king of Assyria shut him up,4 and bound4 him in prison. 3608

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Then the king of Assyria came up4 throughout all the land, and went up4 to Samaria, and besieged4 it three years.

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In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took1 Samaria, and carried Israel away55 into Assyria, and placed55 them in Halah and in Habor [by] the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

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For [so] it was, that the children of Israel had sinned1 against the LORD their God, which had brought them up56 out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared4 other gods,

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And walked4 in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out52 from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made.1

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And the children of Israel did secretly17 [those] things that [were] not right against the LORD their God, and they built4 them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen6 to the fenced city.

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And they set them up55 images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree:

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And there they burnt incense17 in all the high places, as [did] the heathen whom the LORD carried away52 before them; and wrought4 wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger:53

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For they served4 idols, whereof the LORD had said1 unto them, Ye shall not do4 this thing.

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Yet the LORD testified55 against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, [and by] all the seers, saying,2 Turn3 ye from your evil ways, and keep3 my commandments [and] my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded14 your fathers, and which I sent1 to you by my servants the prophets.

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Notwithstanding they would not hear,1 but hardened55 their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe52 in the LORD their God.

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And they rejected4 his statutes, and his covenant that he made1 with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified52 against them; and they followed4 310 vanity, and became vain,4 and went after the heathen that [were] round about them, [concerning] whom the LORD had charged14 them, that they should not do2 like them.

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And they left4 all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made4 them molten images, [even] two calves, and made4 a grove, and worshipped101 all the host of heaven, and served4 Baal.

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And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass55 through the fire, and used4 divination and enchantments,17 and sold101 themselves to do2 evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.53

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Therefore the LORD was very angry101 with Israel, and removed55 them out of his sight: there was none left8 but the tribe of Judah only.

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Also Judah kept1 not the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked4 in the statutes of Israel which they made.1

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And the LORD rejected4 all the seed of Israel, and afflicted17 them, and delivered4 them into the hand of spoilers,6 until he had cast52 them out of his sight.

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For he rent1 Israel from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king:55 and Jeroboam drave55 5077 55 Israel from following the LORD, and made them sin52 a great sin.

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For the children of Israel walked4 in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did;1 they departed1 not from them;

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Until the LORD removed52 Israel out of his sight, as he had said14 by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away4 out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.

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And the king of Assyria brought55 [men] from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed55 [them] in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed4 Samaria, and dwelt4 in the cities thereof.

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And [so] it was at the beginning of their dwelling2 there, [that] they feared1 not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent17 lions among them, which slew6 [some] of them.

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Wherefore they spake4 to the king of Assyria, saying,2 The nations which thou hast removed,52 and placed55 in the cities of Samaria, know1 not the manner of the God of the land: therefore he hath sent17 lions among them, and, behold, they slay56 them, because they know6 not the manner of the God of the land.

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Then the king of Assyria commanded,17 saying,2 Carry54 thither one of the priests whom ye brought52 from thence; and let them go4 and dwell4 there, and let him teach55 them the manner of the God of the land.

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Then one of the priests whom they had carried away52 from Samaria came4 and dwelt4 in Bethel, and taught56 them how they should fear4 the LORD.

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Howbeit every nation 1471 made6 gods of their own, and put55 [them] in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made,1 every nation 1471 in their cities wherein they dwelt.6

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And the men of Babylon made1 Succothbenoth, and the men of Cuth made1 Nergal, and the men of Hamath made1 Ashima,

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And the Avites made1 Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burnt6 their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim.

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So they feared the LORD, and made4 unto themselves of the lowest of them priests of the high places, which sacrificed6 for them in the houses of the high places.

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They feared the LORD, and served6 their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away52 from thence.

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Unto this day they do6 after the former manners: they fear not the LORD, neither do6 they after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the LORD commanded14 the children of Jacob, whom he named1 8034 Israel;

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With whom the LORD had made4 a covenant, and charged17 them, saying,2 Ye shall not fear4 other gods, nor bow101 yourselves to them, nor serve4 them, nor sacrifice4 to them:

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But the LORD, who brought you up52 out of the land of Egypt with great power and a stretched out7 arm, him shall ye fear,4 and him shall ye worship,101 and to him shall ye do sacrifice.4

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And the statutes, and the ordinances, and the law, and the commandment, which he wrote1 for you, ye shall observe4 to do2 for evermore; 3117 and ye shall not fear4 other gods.

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And the covenant that I have made1 with you ye shall not forget;4 neither shall ye fear4 other gods.

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But the LORD your God ye shall fear;4 and he shall deliver55 you out of the hand of all your enemies.6

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Howbeit they did not hearken,1 but they did6 after their former manner.

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So these nations feared the LORD, and served6 their graven images, both their children, and their children's children: as did1 their fathers, so do6 they unto this day.

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