2 Kings Chapter 17
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4 And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea: for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and brought no present 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.
7 For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods,
9 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.
13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye 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.
15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them.
24 And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof.
26 Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria, saying, The nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land: therefore he hath sent lions among them, and, behold, they slay them, because they know not the manner of the God of the land.
34 Unto this day they do after the former manners: they fear not the LORD, neither do they after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the LORD commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel;
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Matthew Henry's 2 Kings Chapter 17 Bible commentary...
Reign of Hoshea in Israel, The israelites carried captives by the Assyrians. (1-6) Captivity of the Israelites. (7-23) The nations placed in the land of Israel. (24-41)1-6 When the measure of sin is filled up, the Lord will forbear no longer. The inhabitants of Samaria must have endured great affliction. Some of the poor Israelites were left in the land. Those who were carried captives to a great distance, were mostly lost among the nations.
7-23 Though the destruction of the kingdom of the ten tribes was but briefly related, it is in these verses largely commented upon, and the reasons of it given. It was destruction from the Almighty: the Assyrian was but the rod of his anger, #Isa 10:5|. Those that bring sin into a country or family, bring a plague into it, and will have to answer for all the mischief that follows. And vast as the outward wickedness of the world is, the secret sins, evil thoughts, desires, and purposes of mankind are much greater. There are outward sins which are marked by infamy; but ingratitude, neglect, and enmity to God, and the idolatry and impiety which proceed therefrom, are far more malignant. Without turning from every evil way, and keeping God's statutes, there can be no true godliness; but this must spring from belief of his testimony, as to wrath against all ungodliness and unrighteousness, and his mercy in Christ Jesus.
24-41 The terror of the Almighty will sometimes produce a forced or feigned submission in unconverted men; like those brought from different countries to inhabit Israel. But such will form unworthy thoughts of God, will expect to please him by outward forms, and will vainly try to reconcile his service with the love of the world and the indulgence of their lusts. May that fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom, possess our hearts, and influence our conduct, that we may be ready for every change. Wordly settlements are uncertain; we know not whither we may be driven before we die, and we must soon leave the world; but the righteous hath chosen that good part which shall not be taken from him.
DAVID's 2 Kings Chapter 17 comment on 1/15/2013, 3:18pm...
God is telling us how the people of the earth then and now reject his commandments, which lead to eternal life. God also tells us that the people that proclaimed his name served idols, like today. Every person made gods of their own (verse 29, like today), and put them in their houses of high places or places for pagan worship. Verse 32, so the people feared the Lord God through Jesus Christ, and served their own lords, and made unto themselves of the lowest priests..... Verse 33, they feared the Lord and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations/people, whom they carried away from their... Verse 34, unto this day, they do after the former manners! They fear not the Lord, neither do they after His statutes, decrees, judgments, and commands. Or after their ordinances, or the law, or the commandments, which the Lord commanded Jacob whom he named Israel... But like our forefathers, we do always resist the truth, knowledge of the holy ghost, holy spirit, or of God!( Acts 7:51; verse 35, God had made a covenant with them saying, ye/you shall not fear other gods (then explained what it mean to fear other gods), neither bow down to them, nor serve them, neither sacrifice to them! Verse 36, but the Lord God that brought you out of Egypt with a mighty hand and a stretched out arm, him shall you fear, and him shall you serve (or worship), and do sacrifices unto him. Verse 37, and the commandments that he wrote to you, you shall observe to do forever, and you shall not fear other gods.. This is a faithful and truth saying, and a parable from God/heaven above and is put in a earthly saying, but as God spoke to the Israelites long ago, so does he speak to their descendants, which people you are, and in need of repenting, or turning from the ways of the world!
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