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1 In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years.

2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, but not as the kings of Israel that were before him.

3 Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gave him presents.

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.

5 Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years.

6 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

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,

8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made.

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.

10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree:

11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger:

12 For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.

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.

14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God.

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.

16 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.

17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, 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 out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.

19 Also Judah kept not the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.

20 And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.

21 For he rent Israel from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Israel from following the LORD, and made them sin a great sin.

22 For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them;

23 Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.

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.

25 And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which slew some of them.

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.

27 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let them go and dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of the God of the land.

28 Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the LORD.

29 Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made, every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt.

30 And the men of Babylon made Succothbenoth, and the men of Cuth made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima,

31 And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burnt their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim.

32 So they feared the LORD, and made unto themselves of the lowest of them priests of the high places, which sacrificed for them in the houses of the high places.

33 They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.

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;

35 With whom the LORD had made a covenant, and charged them, saying, Ye shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them:

36 But the LORD, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and a stretched out arm, him shall ye fear, and him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice.

37 And the statutes, and the ordinances, and the law, and the commandment, which he wrote for you, ye shall observe to do for evermore; and ye shall not fear other gods.

38 And the covenant that I have made with you ye shall not forget; neither shall ye fear other gods.

39 But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.

40 Howbeit they did not hearken, but they did after their former manner.

41 So these nations feared the LORD, and served their graven images, both their children, and their children's children: as did their fathers, so do they unto this day.

Commentary for 2 Kings 17

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 2 Kings 17

  • Lorraine Magarian on 2 Kings 17
    It kept saying and the nation's feared the LORD. How can that be when the didn't follow His commandments? It's not making sense to me.
  • T Levis - in Reply on 2 Kings 17
    To a believer it's difficult to understand why, someone can fear & yet not follow._._.
    Luke 8:27-37
    James 2:19
  • Brother carl on 2 Kings 17
    Sin is a reproach to any people. They sacrificed their children for the pleasures of evil idolatry and fornication then and now today they sacrifice their children in clinics for the pleasures of fornication whoring after the " gods of pleasure ." They put the children in the fire so that they can continue in the lust of the flesh. Their punishment then is our warning now if we don't repent.
  • Wesley on 2 Kings 17
    A great way to tell people that the Lord gets tired of their sins and we must be punished.He said he would correct us because he loves us.Thank God for loving us enough to make us part of his family
  • Kavitha on 2 Kings 17
    Thank you for the new look given to this site .It is so well organized and I love to listen from the bible options.I always wanted to pronounce some the names correctly especially in the old testament and it really helps me read the Bible without making mistakes
  • ASHLEY on 2 Kings 17:16
    who are the host of heaven?are they the so called fallen angel 2kings 17 16
  • Adam ralstein on 2 Kings 17:26
    if GOD did not spare his chosen race when they did evil in his sight,why would he spare the babylonians who had settled in a land not given to them by GOD and still did evil.amen we serve a awesome GOD of power.
  • Almon on 2 Kings 17:24
    These are the people who claim to be Hebrews today
  • Gloria on 2 Kings 17:38
    The fear of God is the begining of widsom. therefore,I will remember the promises He made with me.For fear of the enemy, people and things, we are often immoblized; because too often we forget or take for granted whose we are and who we are in Christ Jesus.The 39 verse states It is He who delivers us from all our enemies! Praise God, we are more than conquerors thuough Him that loves us.The Lord is the strength of my life whom shall we fear or whom shall we be afraid? When we are confronted with such trials and fears we must remember the coventant He made with us. He absolutely awesome in His doing. He always come through for us. David said that when my enemies came upon me they stumbled and fell. So, dont look back the enemy will not catch you because God stands between you and him to protect you from yhe hands of the enemy. Praise God!
  • DAVID on 2 Kings 17
    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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With whom did Hoshea conspire against the king of Assyria?
  • Bid, king of Edom
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  • Nag, king of Gath
  • Plok, prince of Assyria