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2 Kings 17:20-30 (New International Version)

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20 Therefore the LORD rejected all the people of Israel; he afflicted them and gave them into the hands of plunderers,1 until he thrust them from his presence.2 21 When he tore3 Israel away from the house of David, they made Jeroboam son of Nebat their king.4 Jeroboam enticed Israel away from following the LORD and caused them to commit a great sin.5 22 The Israelites persisted in all the sins of Jeroboam and did not turn away from them 23 until the LORD removed them from his presence,6 as he had warned7 through all his servants the prophets. So the people of Israel were taken from their homeland8 into exile in Assyria, and they are still there.

Samaria Resettled

24 The king of Assyria9 brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath and Sepharvaim10 and settled them in the towns of Samaria to replace the Israelites. They took over Samaria and lived in its towns. 25 When they first lived there, they did not worship the LORD; so he sent lions11 among them and they killed some of the people. 26 It was reported to the king of Assyria: "The people you deported and resettled in the towns of Samaria do not know what the god of that country requires. He has sent lions among them, which are killing them off, because the people do not know what he requires." 27 Then the king of Assyria gave this order: "Have one of the priests you took captive from Samaria go back to live there and teach the people what the god of the land requires." 28 So one of the priests who had been exiled from Samaria came to live in Bethel and taught them how to worship the LORD. 29 Nevertheless, each national group made its own gods in the several towns12 where they settled, and set them up in the shrines13 the people of Samaria had made at the high places.14 30 The men from Babylon made Succoth Benoth, the men from Cuthah made Nergal, and the men from Hamath made Ashima;
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