Now (A)it came to pass in the fourth year of King Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of Hoshea the son of Elah, king of Israel, that Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against Samaria and besieged it.

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14 Therefore tumult shall arise among your people,
And all your fortresses shall be plundered
As Shalman plundered Beth Arbel in the day of battle—
A mother dashed in pieces upon her children.

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Hezekiah Reigns in Judah(A)

18 Now it came to pass in the third year of (B)Hoshea the son of Elah, king of Israel, that (C)Hezekiah the son of Ahaz, king of Judah, began to reign.

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(A)Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against him; and Hoshea (B)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(C)

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

For (H)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 (I)feared other gods, and (J)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, (K)from watchtower to fortified city. 10 (L)They set up for themselves sacred pillars and (M)wooden images[b] (N)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, (O)of which the Lord had said to them, (P)“You shall not do this thing.”

13 Yet the Lord testified against Israel and against Judah, by all of His (Q)prophets, (R)every seer, saying, (S)“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 (T)stiffened their necks, like the necks of their fathers, who (U)did not believe in the Lord their God. 15 And they (V)rejected His statutes (W)and His covenant that He had made with their fathers, and His testimonies which He had testified against them; they followed (X)idols, (Y)became idolaters, and went after the nations who were all around them, concerning whom the Lord had charged them that they should (Z)not do like them. 16 So they left all the commandments of the Lord their God, (AA)made for themselves a molded image and two calves, (AB)made a wooden image and worshiped all the (AC)host of heaven, (AD)and served Baal. 17 (AE)And they caused their sons and daughters to pass through the fire, (AF)practiced witchcraft and soothsaying, and (AG)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 (AH)but the tribe of Judah alone.

19 Also (AI)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 (AJ)delivered them into the hand of plunderers, until He had cast them from His (AK)sight. 21 For (AL)He tore Israel from the house of David, and (AM)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, (AN)as He had said by all His servants the prophets. (AO)So Israel was carried away from their own land to Assyria, as it is to this day.

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  1. 2 Kings 17:9 Places for pagan worship
  2. 2 Kings 17:10 Heb. Asherim, Canaanite deities

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