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2 Kings 17:1 In the twelfth year of Achaz king of Yehudah began Hoshea the son of Elah to reign in Shomron over Yisra'el, [and reigned] nine years.
2 Kings 17:2 He did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, yet not as the kings of Yisra'el who were before him.
2 Kings 17:3 Against him came up Shalman'eser king of Ashur; and Hoshea became his servant, and brought him tribute.
2 Kings 17:4 The king of Ashur found conspiracy in Hoshea; for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and offered no tribute to the king of Ashur, as he had done year by year: therefore the king of Ashur shut him up, and bound him in prison.
2 Kings 17:5 Then the king of Ashur came up throughout all the land, and went up to Shomron, and besieged it three years.
2 Kings 17:6 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Ashur took Shomron, and carried Yisra'el away to Ashur, and placed them in Chalach, and on the Chavor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Madai.
2 Kings 17:7 It was so, because the children of Yisra'el had sinned against the LORD their God, who brought them up out of the land of Egypt from under the hand of Par`oh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods,
2 Kings 17:8 and walked in the statutes of the nations, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Yisra'el, and of the kings of Yisra'el, which they made.
2 Kings 17:9 The children of Yisra'el did secretly 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 fortified city;
2 Kings 17:10 and they set them up pillars and Asherim on every high hill, and under every green tree;
2 Kings 17:11 and there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the nations whom the LORD carried away before them; and they worked wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger;
2 Kings 17:12 and they served idols, of which the LORD had said to them, You shall not do this thing.
2 Kings 17:13 Yet the LORD testified to Yisra'el, and to Yehudah, by every prophet, and every seer, saying, Turn you from your evil ways, and keep my mitzvot and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.
2 Kings 17:14 Notwithstanding, they would not hear, but hardened their neck, like the neck of their fathers, who didn't believe in the LORD their God.
2 Kings 17:15 They rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified to them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and [went] after the nations that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged those who they should not do like them.
2 Kings 17:16 They forsook all the mitzvot of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made an Asherah, and worshiped all the army of the sky, and served Ba`al.
2 Kings 17:17 They caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
2 Kings 17:18 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Yisra'el, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Yehudah only.
2 Kings 17:19 Also Yehudah didn't keep the mitzvot of the LORD their God, but walked in the statutes of Yisra'el which they made.
2 Kings 17:20 The LORD rejected all the seed of Yisra'el, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.
2 Kings 17:21 For he tore Yisra'el from the house of David; and they made Yarov`am the son of Nevat king: and Yarov`am drove Yisra'el from following the LORD, and made them sin a great sin.
2 Kings 17:22 The children of Yisra'el walked in all the sins of Yarov`am which he did; they didn't depart from them;
2 Kings 17:23 until the LORD removed Yisra'el out of his sight, as he spoke by all his servants the prophets. So Yisra'el was carried away out of their own land to Ashur to this day.
2 Kings 17:24 The king of Ashur brought men from Bavel, and from Kutah, and from Avva, and from Chamat and Sefarvayim, and placed them in the cities of Shomron instead of the children of Yisra'el; and they possessed Shomron, and lived in the cities of it.
2 Kings 17:25 So it was, at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they didn't fear the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which killed some of them.
2 Kings 17:26 Therefore they spoke to the king of Ashur, saying, The nations which you have carried away, and placed in the cities of Shomron, don't know the law of the god of the land: therefore he has sent lions among them, and behold, they kill them, because they don't know the law of the god of the land.
2 Kings 17:27 Then the king of Ashur commanded, saying, Carry there one of the kohanim whom you brought from there; and let them go and dwell there, and let him teach them the law of the god of the land.
2 Kings 17:28 So one of the kohanim whom they had carried away from Shomron came and lived in Beit-El, and taught them how they should fear the LORD.
2 Kings 17:29 However every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the houses of the high places which the Shomroni had made, every nation in their cities in which they lived.
2 Kings 17:30 The men of Bavel made Sukkot-Benot, and the men of Kut made Nergal, and the men of Chamat made Ashima,
2 Kings 17:31 and the `Avvim made Niv'chaz and Tartak; and the Sefarvayim burnt their children in the fire to Adrammelekh and `Anammelekh, the gods of Sefarvayim.
2 Kings 17:32 So they feared the LORD, and made to them from among themselves kohanim of the high places, who sacrificed for them in the houses of the high places.
2 Kings 17:33 They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations from among whom they had been carried away.
2 Kings 17:34 To this day they do after the former manner: they don't fear the LORD, neither do they after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or after the law or after the mitzvah which the LORD commanded the children of Ya`akov, whom he named Yisra'el;
2 Kings 17:35 with whom the LORD had made a covenant, and charged them, saying, You shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them:
2 Kings 17:36 but the LORD, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and with an outstretched arm, him shall you fear, and to him shall you bow yourselves, and to him shall you sacrifice:
2 Kings 17:37 and the statutes and the ordinances, and the law and the mitzvah, which he wrote for you, you shall observe to do forevermore; and you shall not fear other gods:
2 Kings 17:38 and the covenant that I have made with you you shall not forget; neither shall you fear other gods:
2 Kings 17:39 but the LORD your God shall you fear; and he will deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.
2 Kings 17:40 However they did not listen, but they did after their former manner.
2 Kings 17:41 So these nations feared the LORD, and served their engraved images; their children likewise, and their children's children, as did their fathers, so do they to this day.

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