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2 Kings 17:1-23 New King James Version (NKJV)

Hoshea Reigns in Israel

17 In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah, Hoshea the son of Elah became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned nine years. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, but not as the kings of Israel who were before him. Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against him; and Hoshea became his vassal, and paid him tribute money. And the king of Assyria uncovered a conspiracy by Hoshea; for he had sent messengers to So, king of Egypt, and brought no tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year. Therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison.

Israel Carried Captive to Assyria

Now the king of Assyria went throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria and besieged it for three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria took Samaria and carried Israel away to Assyria, and placed them in Halah and by the Habor, the River of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

For so it was that the children of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and they had feared other gods, and had walked in the statutes of the nations whom the Lord had cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made. Also the children of Israel secretly did against the Lord their God things that were not right, and they built for themselves [a]high places in all their cities, from watchtower to fortified city. 10 They set up for themselves sacred pillars and wooden images[b] on every high hill and under every green tree. 11 There they burned incense on all the high places, like the nations whom the Lord had carried away before them; and they did wicked things to provoke the Lord to anger, 12 for they served idols, of which the Lord had said to them, “You shall not do this thing.”

13 Yet the Lord testified against Israel and against Judah, by all of His prophets, every seer, saying, “Turn from your evil ways, and keep My commandments and My statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by My servants the prophets.” 14 Nevertheless they would not hear, but stiffened their necks, like the necks of their fathers, who did not believe in the Lord their God. 15 And they rejected His statutes and His covenant that He had made with their fathers, and His testimonies which He had testified against them; they followed idols, became idolaters, and went after the nations who were all around them, concerning whom the Lord had charged them that they should not do like them. 16 So they left all the commandments of the Lord their God, made for themselves a molded image and two calves, made a wooden image and worshiped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. 17 And they caused their sons and daughters to pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and soothsaying, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger. 18 Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and removed them from His sight; there was none left but the tribe of Judah alone.

19 Also Judah did not keep the commandments of the Lord their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made. 20 And the Lord rejected all the descendants of Israel, afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of plunderers, until He had cast them from His sight. 21 For He tore Israel from the house of David, and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king. Then Jeroboam drove Israel from following the Lord, and made them commit a great sin. 22 For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they did not depart from them, 23 until the Lord removed Israel out of His sight, as He had said by all His servants the prophets. So Israel was carried away from their own land to Assyria, as it is to this day.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Kings 17:9 Places for pagan worship
  2. 2 Kings 17:10 Heb. Asherim, Canaanite deities
New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

列 王 紀 下 17:1-23 Chinese Union Version (Traditional) (CUV)

17 猶 大 王 亞 哈 斯 十 二 年 , 以 拉 的 兒 子 何 細 亞 在 撒 瑪 利 亞 登 基 作 以 色 列 王 九 年 。

他 行 耶 和 華 眼 中 看 為 惡 的 事 , 只 是 不 像 在 他 以 前 的 以 色 列 諸 王 。

亞 述 王 撒 縵 以 色 上 來 攻 擊 何 細 亞 , 何 細 亞 就 服 事 他 , 給 他 進 貢 。

何 細 亞 背 叛 , 差 人 去 見 埃 及 王 梭 , 不 照 往 年 所 行 的 與 亞 述 王 進 貢 。 亞 述 王 知 道 了 , 就 把 他 鎖 禁 , 囚 在 監 裡 。

亞 述 王 上 來 攻 擊 以 色 列 遍 地 , 上 到 撒 瑪 利 亞 , 圍 困 三 年 。

何 細 亞 第 九 年 亞 述 王 攻 取 了 撒 瑪 利 亞 , 將 以 色 列 人 擄 到 亞 述 , 把 他 們 安 置 在 哈 臘 與 歌 散 的 哈 博 河 邊 , 並 瑪 代 人 的 城 邑 。

這 是 因 以 色 列 人 得 罪 那 領 他 們 出 埃 及 地 、 脫 離 埃 及 王 法 老 手 的 耶 和 華 ─ 他 們 的 神 , 去 敬 畏 別 神 ,

隨 從 耶 和 華 在 他 們 面 前 所 趕 出 外 邦 人 的 風 俗 和 以 色 列 諸 王 所 立 的 條 規 。

以 色 列 人 暗 中 行 不 正 的 事 , 違 背 耶 和 華 ─ 他 們 的 神 , 在 他 們 所 有 的 城 邑 , 從 瞭 望 樓 直 到 堅 固 城 , 建 築 邱 壇 ;

10 在 各 高 岡 上 、 各 青 翠 樹 下 立 柱 像 和 木 偶 ;

11 在 邱 壇 上 燒 香 , 效 法 耶 和 華 在 他 們 面 前 趕 出 的 外 邦 人 所 行 的 , 又 行 惡 事 惹 動 耶 和 華 的 怒 氣 ;

12 且 事 奉 偶 像 , 就 是 耶 和 華 警 戒 他 們 不 可 行 的 。

13 但 耶 和 華 藉 眾 先 知 、 先 見 勸 戒 以 色 列 人 和 猶 大 人 說 : 當 離 開 你 們 的 惡 行 , 謹 守 我 的 誡 命 律 例 , 遵 行 我 吩 咐 你 們 列 祖 , 並 藉 我 僕 人 眾 先 知 所 傳 給 你 們 的 律 法 。

14 他 們 卻 不 聽 從 , 竟 硬 著 頸 項 , 效 法 他 們 列 祖 , 不 信 服 耶 和 華 ─ 他 們 的 神 ,

15 厭 棄 他 的 律 例 和 他 與 他 們 列 祖 所 立 的 約 , 並 勸 戒 他 們 的 話 , 隨 從 虛 無 的 神 , 自 己 成 為 虛 妄 , 效 法 周 圍 的 外 邦 人 , 就 是 耶 和 華 囑 咐 他 們 不 可 效 法 的 ;

16 離 棄 耶 和 華 ─ 他 們 神 的 一 切 誡 命 , 為 自 己 鑄 了 兩 個 牛 犢 的 像 , 立 了 亞 舍 拉 , 敬 拜 天 上 的 萬 象 , 事 奉 巴 力 ,

17 又 使 他 們 的 兒 女 經 火 , 用 占 卜 , 行 法 術 賣 了 自 己 , 行 耶 和 華 眼 中 看 為 惡 的 事 , 惹 動 他 的 怒 氣 。

18 所 以 耶 和 華 向 以 色 列 人 大 大 發 怒 , 從 自 己 面 前 趕 出 他 們 , 只 剩 下 猶 大 一 個 支 派 。

19 猶 大 人 也 不 遵 守 耶 和 華 ─ 他 們 神 的 誡 命 , 隨 從 以 色 列 人 所 立 的 條 規 。

20 耶 和 華 就 厭 棄 以 色 列 全 族 , 使 他 們 受 苦 , 把 他 們 交 在 搶 奪 他 們 的 人 手 中 , 以 致 趕 出 他 們 離 開 自 己 面 前 ,

21 將 以 色 列 國 從 大 衛 家 奪 回 ; 他 們 就 立 尼 八 的 兒 子 耶 羅 波 安 作 王 。 耶 羅 波 安 引 誘 以 色 列 人 不 隨 從 耶 和 華 , 陷 在 大 罪 裡 。

22 以 色 列 人 犯 耶 羅 波 安 所 犯 的 一 切 罪 , 總 不 離 開 ,

23 以 致 耶 和 華 從 自 己 面 前 趕 出 他 們 , 正 如 藉 他 僕 人 眾 先 知 所 說 的 。 這 樣 , 以 色 列 人 從 本 地 被 擄 到 亞 述 , 直 到 今 日 。

2 Kings 17:1-23 New International Version (NIV)

Hoshea Last King of Israel

17 In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah, Hoshea son of Elah became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned nine years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, but not like the kings of Israel who preceded him.

Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up to attack Hoshea, who had been Shalmaneser’s vassal and had paid him tribute. But the king of Assyria discovered that Hoshea was a traitor, for he had sent envoys to So[a] king of Egypt, 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. The king of Assyria invaded the entire land, marched against Samaria and laid siege to it for three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and deported the Israelites to Assyria. He settled them in Halah, in Gozan on the Habor River and in the towns of the Medes.

Israel Exiled Because of Sin

All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up out of Egypt from under the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They worshiped other gods and followed the practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before them, as well as the practices that the kings of Israel had introduced. The Israelites secretly did things against the Lord their God that were not right. From watchtower to fortified city they built themselves high places in all their towns. 10 They set up sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree. 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 aroused the Lord’s anger. 12 They worshiped idols, though the Lord had said, “You shall not do this.”[b] 13 The Lord warned Israel and Judah through all his prophets and seers: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your ancestors to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets.”

14 But they would not listen and were as stiff-necked as their ancestors, who did not trust in the Lord their God. 15 They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although the Lord had ordered them, “Do not do as they do.”

16 They forsook all the commands of the Lord their God and made for themselves two idols cast in the shape of calves, and an Asherah pole. They bowed down to all the starry hosts, and they worshiped Baal. 17 They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sought omens and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger.

18 So the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah was left, 19 and even Judah did not keep the commands of the Lord their God. They followed the practices Israel had introduced. 20 Therefore the Lord rejected all the people of Israel; he afflicted them and gave them into the hands of plunderers, until he thrust them from his presence.

21 When he tore Israel away from the house of David, they made Jeroboam son of Nebat their king. Jeroboam enticed Israel away from following the Lord and caused them to commit a great sin. 22 The Israelites persisted in all the sins of Jeroboam and did not turn away from them 23 until the Lord removed them from his presence, as he had warned through all his servants the prophets. So the people of Israel were taken from their homeland into exile in Assyria, and they are still there.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Kings 17:4 So is probably an abbreviation for Osorkon.
  2. 2 Kings 17:12 Exodus 20:4,5
New International Version (NIV)

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