2 Kings 17
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2 Kings 17
Evil Hoshea Last King of Israel...
In the twelfth year of Ahaz sovereign of Yehudah, Hoshea son of Elah began to reign over Yisra`el in Shomeron, for nine years.
And he did evil in the eyes of YHWH, but not as the sovereigns of Yisra'el who were before him.
Shalmaneser sovereign of Ashshur came up against him. And Hoshea became his servant, and rendered him a present.
But the sovereign of Ashshur found a conspiracy in Hoshea, for he had sent messengers to So, sovereign of Mitsrayim, and had not brought a present to the sovereign of Ashshur, as year by year. And the sovereign of Ashshur shut him up, and bound him in prison.
And the sovereign of Ashshur went through all the land, and went up to Shomeron and besieged it for three years.
In the ninth year of Hoshea, the sovereign of Ashshur captured Shomeron and exiled Yisra'el to Ashshur, and settled them in Halah and Habor, the River of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
Israel Exiled Because of Sin...
Now this came to be because the children of Yisra`el had sinned against YHWH their Elohim - who had brought them up out of the land of Mitsrayim, from under the hand of Pharaoh sovereign of Mitsrayim - and feared other mighty ones,
and walked in the laws of the gentiles whom YHWH had dispossessed from before the children of Yisra'el, and of the sovereigns of Yisra'el that they had made.
And the children of Yisra'el secretly did against YHWH their Elohim matters that were not right, and they built for themselves high places in all their cities, from watchtower unto the walled city,
and set up for themselves pillars and Asherim on every high hill and under every green tree,
and burned incense there on all the high places, like the gentiles whom YHWH had removed from their presence. And they did evil matters to provoke YHWH,
and served the idols, of which YHWH had said to them, 'Do not do this.'
And YHWH warned Yisra'el and Yehudah, through all of His prophets, and every seer, saying, 'Turn back from your evil ways, and guard My commands and My laws, according to all the Torah which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by My servants the prophets.'
But they did not listen and hardened their necks, like the necks of their fathers, who did not put their trust in YHWH their Elohim,
and rejected His laws and His covenant that He had made with their fathers, and His witnesses which He had witnessed against them, and went after worthlessness, and became worthless, and after the gentiles who were all around them, of whom YHWH had commanded them not to do like them.
And they left all the commands of YHWH their Elohim, and made for themselves a moulded image, two calves, and made an Asherah and bowed themselves to all the host of the heavens, and served Ba'al,
and caused their sons and daughters to pass through the fire, and practised divination and sorcery, and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of YHWH, to provoke Him.
So YHWH was very enraged with Yisra'el, and removed them from His presence - none was left but the tribe of Yehudah alone.
Yehudah, also, did not guard the commands of YHWH their Elohim, but walked in the lawsa of Yisra'el which they made.
And YHWH rejected all the seed of Yisra'el, and afflicted them, and gave them into the hand of plunderers, until He had cast them out from His presence.
For He tore Yisra'el from the house of Dawid, and they made Yarob'am son of Nebat sovereign. And Yarob'am drove Yisra'el from following YHWH, and made them commit a great sin.
And the children of Yisra'el walked in all the sins of Yarob'am which he did. They did not turn away from them,
until YHWH removed Yisra'el from His presence, as He spoke by all His servants the prophets. So Yisra'el was exiled from their land to Ashshur, as it is to this day.
And the sovereign of Ashshur brought people from Babel, and from Kuthah, and from Awwa, and from Hamath, and Sepharwayim, and placed them in the cities of Shomeron instead of the children of Yisra`el. And they took possession of Shomeron and dwelt in its cities.
And it came to be, at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they did not fear YHWH, and YHWH sent lions among them, which kept on slaying among them.
And they spoke to the sovereign of Ashshur, saying, 'The nations whom you have removed and placed in the cities of Shomeron do not know the right-ruling of the Elohim of the land. And He has sent lions among them, and see, they are slaying among them because they do not know the right-ruling of the Elohim of the land.'
And the sovereign of Ashshur commanded, saying, 'Send one of the priests whom you exiled from there, to go there. Let him go and dwell there, and let him teach them the right-ruling of the Elohim of the land.'
And one of the priests whom they had exiled from Shomeron came and dwelt in Beyth El, and taught them how to fear YHWH.
But every nation was making mighty ones of its own, and put them in the houses of the high places which the Shomeronites had made, every nation in the cities where they dwelt.
And the men of Babel made Sukkoth Benoth, and the men of Kuth made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima,
and the Awwites made Nibhaz and Tartaq. And the Sepharwites burned their children in fire to Adrammelek and Anammelek, the mighty ones of Sepharim.
They also feared YHWH, and from every class they made for themselves priests of the high places, who offered for them in the house of the high places.
They were fearing YHWH, and they were serving their own mighty ones, according to the ruling of the nations from among whom they had been exiled.
To this day they are doing according to the former rulings: they are not fearing YHWH, nor do they follow their laws or their right-rulings, or the Torah and command which YHWH had commanded the children of Ya`aqob, whose name He made Yisra`el,
with whom YHWH had made a covenant and commanded them, saying, 'Do not fear other mighty ones, nor bow down to them nor serve them nor slaughter to them;
but YHWH, who brought you up from the land of Mitsrayim with great power and with an outstretched arm, Him you shall fear, and to Him you shall bow yourselves, and to Him you shall slaughter.
'And guard to do forever the laws, and the right-rulings, and the Torah, and the command which He wrote for you. And do not fear other mighty ones.
'And do not forget the covenant that I have made with you, and do not fear other mighty ones.
'But fear YHWH your Elohim, so that He delivers you from the hand of all your enemies.'
And they did not obey, but did according to their former ruling.
So these nations were fearing YHWH, and served their carved images, both their children and their children's children. As their fathers did, they are doing to this day.
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