2 Kings 17:4-14 (New International Version)

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4 But the king of Assyria discovered that Hoshea was a traitor, for he had sent envoys to Soa king of Egypt,1 and he no longer paid tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year. Therefore Shalmaneser seized him and put him in prison.2 5 The king of Assyria invaded the entire land, marched against Samaria and laid siege3 to it for three years. 6 In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria4 captured Samaria5 and deported6 the Israelites to Assyria. He settled them in Halah, in Gozan7 on the Habor River and in the towns of the Medes.

Israel Exiled Because of Sin

7 All this took place because the Israelites had sinned8 against the LORD their God, who had brought them up out of Egypt9 from under the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They worshiped other gods 8 and followed the practices of the nations10 the LORD had driven out before them, as well as the practices that the kings of Israel had introduced. 9 The Israelites secretly did things against the LORD their God that were not right. From watchtower to fortified city11 they built themselves high places in all their towns. 10 They set up sacred stones12 and Asherah poles13 on every high hill and under every spreading tree.14 11 At every high place they burned incense, as the nations whom the LORD had driven out before them had done. They did wicked things that provoked the LORD to anger. 12 They worshiped idols,15 though the LORD had said, "You shall not do this."b 13 The LORD warned16 Israel and Judah through all his prophets and seers:17 "Turn from your evil ways.18 Observe my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your fathers to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets."19 14 But they would not listen and were as stiff-necked20 as their fathers, who did not trust in the LORD their God.
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