In the twelfthyear of Ahazking of Judah, 1Hoshea the son of ElahbecamekingoverIsrael in Samaria, and reigned nineyears.
He didevil in the sight of the LORD, only not as the kings of Israelwho were before him.
32Shalmaneserking of Assyriacame up 3against him, and Hosheabecame his servant and paid him tribute.
But the king of Assyriafoundconspiracy in Hoshea, who had sentmessengers to Soking of Egypt and had offerednotribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year ; so the king of Assyriashut him up and bound him in prison .
Then the king of Assyriainvaded the wholeland and went up to 4Samaria and besieged it threeyears.
In the ninthyear of Hoshea, 5the king of AssyriacapturedSamaria and 6carriedIsraelaway into exile to Assyria, and 7settled them in Halah and Habor, on the river of 8Gozan, and 9in the cities of the Medes.
Now 10this came about because the sons of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, 11who had brought them up from the land of Egypt from under the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, 12and they had afearedothergods8
and 13walked in the bcustoms of the nationswhom the LORD had driven out before the sons of Israel, and in the customs 14of the kings of Israelwhich they had cintroduced.
The sons of Israelddidthingssecretlywhich were not rightagainst the LORD their God. Moreover, they built for themselves highplaces in all their towns, from 15watchtower to fortifiedcity.
1016They set for themselves sacred pillars and e17Asherim on everyhighhill and undereverygreentree,
and there they burnedincense on all the highplaces as the nations did which the LORD had carriedaway to exilebefore them; and they didevilthingsprovoking the LORD.
They servedidols, 18concerning which the LORD had said to them, "You shall not dothisthing."
Yet the 19LORDwarnedIsrael and Judah20throughall His prophets and 21everyseer, saying, "22Turn from your evilways and keep My commandments, My statutes according to all the lawwhich I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you through My servants the prophets."
However, they did not listen, but 23stiffened their neckflike their fathers, who did not believe in the LORD their God.
1524They rejected His statutes and 25His covenantwhich He made with their fathers and His warnings with which He warned them. And 26they followedvanity and 27becamevain, and went after the nationswhichsurrounded them, concerning which the 28LORD had commanded them not to do like them.
They forsookall the commandments of the LORD their God and made for themselves moltenimages, even 29twocalves, and 30made an gAsherah and 31worshipedall the host of heaven and 32servedBaal.
Then 33they made their sons and their daughterspass through the fire, and 34practiceddivination and enchantments, and 35sold themselves to doevil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him.
So the LORD was veryangry with Israel and 36removed them from His hsight ; 37none was leftexcept the tribe of Judah.
19Also38Judah did not keep the commandments of the LORD their God, but 39walked in the icustomsjwhichIsrael had kintroduced.
The LORDrejectedall the ldescendants of Israel and afflicted them and 40gave them into the hand of plunderers, until He had cast them mout of His sight.
21When41He had tornIsrael from the house of David, 42they madeJeroboam the son of Nebatking. Then 43JeroboamdroveIsraelaway from following the LORD and made them ncommit a greatsin.
The sons of Israelwalked in all the sins of Jeroboamwhich he did ; they did not depart from them
2344until the LORDremovedIsrael from His sight, 45as He spokethroughall His servants the prophets. 46So Israel was carriedaway into exile from their own land to Assyriauntilthisday.
2447The king of Assyriabrought men from Babylon and from Cuthah and from o48Avva and from 49Hamath and Sephar-vaim, and settled them in the cities of Samaria in place of the sons of Israel. So they possessedSamaria and lived in its cities.
At the beginning of their livingthere, they 50did not fear the LORD ; therefore the LORDsentlions among them which killed some of them.
So they spoke to the king of Assyria, saying, "The nationswhom you have carriedaway into exile in the cities of Samaria do not know the custom of the god of the land ; so he has sentlions among them, and behold, they kill them because they do not know the custom of the god of the land."
Then the king of Assyriacommanded, saying, "Takethereone of the priestswhom you carriedaway into pexile and let qhim go and livethere ; and let him teach them the custom of the god of the land."
So one of the priestswhom they had carriedaway into exile from Samariacame and lived at Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the LORD.
But everynation still madegods of its own and put them 51in the houses of the highplaceswhich the people of Samaria had made, everynation in their cities in which they lived.
3052The men of BabylonmadeSuccoth-benoth, the men of CuthmadeNergal, the men of HamathmadeAshima,
and the AvvitesmadeNibhaz and Tartak ; and 53the Sepharvitesburned their children in the fire to 54Adrammelech and Anammelech the gods of 55Sepharvaim.
3256They also feared the LORD and r57appointed from among themselves priests of the highplaces, who acted for them in the houses of the highplaces.
They feared the LORD and served their own gods according to the custom of the nations from among whom they had been carriedaway into exile.
To thisday they do according to the earliercustoms : they do not fear the LORD, nor do they sfollow their statutes or their ordinances or the law, or the commandmentswhich the LORDcommanded the sons of Jacob, 58whom He namedIsrael ;
with whom the LORDmade a covenant and commanded them, saying, "59You shall not fearothergods, nor60bowdown yourselves to them nor61serve them norsacrifice to them.
"But the LORD, 62whobrought you up from the land of Egypt with greatpower and with 63an outstretchedarm, 64Him you shall fear, and to Him you shall bow yourselves down, and to Him you shall sacrifice.
"The statutes and the ordinances and the law and the commandmentwhich He wrote for you, 65you shall observe to doforever ; and you shall not fearothergods.
"The covenant that I have made with you, 66you shall not forget, nor shall you fearothergods.
"But the LORD your God you shall fear ; and He will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies."
However, they did not listen, but they did according to their earliercustom.
4167So while thesenationsfeared the LORD, they also served their tidols ; their childrenlikewise and their grandchildren, as their fathersdid, so they do to thisday.