2 Kings 17:7-23 (New American Standard)

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Why Israel Fell

7 Now 1this came about because the sons of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, 2who had brought them up from the land of Egypt from under the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, 3and they had afeared other gods 8 and 4walked in the bcustoms of the nations whom the LORD had driven out before the sons of Israel, and in the customs 5of the kings of Israel which they had cintroduced. 9 The sons of Israel ddid things secretly which were not right against the LORD their God. Moreover, they built for themselves high places in all their towns, from 6watchtower to fortified city. 10 7They set for themselves sacred pillars and e8Asherim on every high hill and under every green tree, 11 and there they burned incense on all the high places as the nations did which the LORD had carried away to exile before them; and they did evil things provoking the LORD. 12 They served idols, 9concerning which the LORD had said to them, "You shall not do this thing." 13 Yet the 10LORD warned Israel and Judah 11through all His prophets and 12every seer, saying, "13Turn from your evil ways and keep My commandments, My statutes according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you through My servants the prophets." 14 However, they did not listen, but 14stiffened their neck flike their fathers, who did not believe in the LORD their God. 15 15They rejected His statutes and 16His covenant which He made with their fathers and His warnings with which He warned them. And 17they followed vanity and 18became vain, and went after the nations which surrounded them, concerning which the 19LORD had commanded them not to do like them. 16 They forsook all the commandments of the LORD their God and made for themselves molten images, even 20two calves, and 21made an gAsherah and 22worshiped all the host of heaven and 23served Baal. 17 Then 24they made their sons and their daughters pass through the fire, and 25practiced divination and enchantments, and 26sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him. 18 So the LORD was very angry with Israel and 27removed them from His hsight ; 28none was left except the tribe of Judah. 19 Also 29Judah did not keep the commandments of the LORD their God, but 30walked in the icustoms jwhich Israel had kintroduced. 20 The LORD rejected all the ldescendants of Israel and afflicted them and 31gave them into the hand of plunderers, until He had cast them mout of His sight. 21 When 32He had torn Israel from the house of David, 33they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king. Then 34Jeroboam drove Israel away from following the LORD and made them ncommit a great sin. 22 The sons of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did ; they did not depart from them 23 35until the LORD removed Israel from His sight, 36as He spoke through all His servants the prophets. 37So Israel was carried away into exile from their own land to Assyria until this day.
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