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 feared other gods
References for 2 Kings 17:7
    • a 17:7 - Lit "revered," and so throughout the ch
      8 and 4walked in the customs 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 introduced.
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      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 6watchtower to fortified city.
      References for 2 Kings 17:9
        • d 17:9 - Or "uttered words which"
          10 7They set for themselves sacred pillars and 8Asherim on every high hill and under every green tree,
          References for 2 Kings 17:10
            • e 17:10 - I.e. wooden symbols of a female deity
              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."
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              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 like their fathers, who did not believe in the LORD their God.
              References for 2 Kings 17:14
                • f 17:14 - Lit "like the neck of"
                  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 Asherah and 22worshiped all the host of heaven and 23served Baal.
                  References for 2 Kings 17:16
                    • g 17:16 - I.e. a wooden symbol of a female deity
                      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.
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                      18 So the LORD was very angry with Israel and 27removed them from His sight; 28none was left except * the tribe of Judah.
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                      19 Also 29Judah did not keep the commandments of the LORD their God, but 30walked in the customs which Israel had introduced.
                      References for 2 Kings 17:19
                        • i 17:19 - Lit "statutes"
                        • j 17:19 - Lit "of Israel which they"
                        • k 17:19 - Lit "made"
                          20 The LORD rejected all the descendants of Israel and afflicted them and 31gave them into the hand of plunderers, until * He had cast them out of His sight.
                          References for 2 Kings 17:20
                            • l 17:20 - Lit "seed"
                            • m 17:20 - Lit "from His face"
                              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 commit a great sin.
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                              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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