Israel Captive

6 In the ninth year of Hoshea, 1the king of Assyria captured Samaria and 2carried Israel away into exile to Assyria, and 3settled them in Halah and Habor, on the river of 4Gozan, and 5in the cities of the Medes.

Why Israel Fell

7 Now 6this came about because the sons of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, 7who had brought them up from the land of Egypt from under the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, 8and they had feared other gods
8 and 9walked in the customs of the nations whom the LORD had driven out before * the sons of Israel, and in the customs 10of the kings of Israel which they had introduced.
9 The sons of Israel did things secretly which were not right against the LORD their God. Moreover, they built for themselves high places in all their towns, from 11watchtower to fortified city.
10 12They set for themselves sacred pillars and 13Asherim 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, 14concerning which the LORD had said to them, "You shall not do this thing."
13 Yet the 15LORD warned Israel and Judah 16through all His prophets and 17every seer, saying, "18Turn 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 19stiffened their neck like their fathers, who did not believe in the LORD their God.
15 20They rejected His statutes and 21His covenant which He made with their fathers and His warnings with which He warned them. And 22they followed * vanity and 23became vain, and went after the nations which surrounded them, concerning which the 24LORD 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 25two calves, and 26made an Asherah and 27worshiped all the host of heaven and 28served Baal.
17 Then 29they made their sons and their daughters pass through the fire, and 30practiced divination and enchantments, and 31sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him.
18 So the LORD was very angry with Israel and 32removed them from His sight; 33none was left except * the tribe of Judah.
19 Also 34Judah did not keep the commandments of the LORD their God, but 35walked in the customs which Israel had introduced.
20 The LORD rejected all the descendants of Israel and afflicted them and 36gave them into the hand of plunderers, until * He had cast them out of His sight.
21 When 37He had torn Israel from the house of David, 38they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king. Then 39Jeroboam drove Israel away from following the LORD and made them commit 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 40until * the LORD removed Israel from His sight, 41as He spoke through all His servants the prophets. 42So Israel was carried away into exile from their own land to Assyria until this day.