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  • They burned incense at the shrines, just like the nations the LORD had driven from the land ahead of them. So the people of Israel had done many evil things, arousing the LORD's anger. - 2 Kings 17:11


  • Again and again the LORD had sent his prophets and seers to warn both Israel and Judah: "Turn from all your evil ways. Obey my commands and laws, which are contained in the whole law that I commanded your ancestors and which I gave you through my servants the prophets." - 2 Kings 17:13


  • But even the people of Judah refused to obey the commands of the LORD their God. They walked down the same evil paths that Israel had established. - 2 Kings 17:19


  • So the LORD rejected all the descendants of Israel. He punished them by handing them over to their attackers until they were destroyed. - 2 Kings 17:20


  • For when the LORD tore Israel away from the kingdom of David, they chose Jeroboam son of Nebat as their king. Then Jeroboam drew Israel away from following the LORD and made them commit a great sin. - 2 Kings 17:21


  • And the people of Israel persisted in all the evil ways of Jeroboam. They did not turn from these sins of idolatry - 2 Kings 17:22


  • until the LORD finally swept them away, just as all his prophets had warned would happen. So Israel was carried off to the land of Assyria, where they remain to this day. - 2 Kings 17:23


  • And the king of Assyria transported groups of people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim and resettled them in the towns of Samaria, replacing the people of Israel. So the Assyrians took over Samaria and the other towns of Israel. - 2 Kings 17:24


  • So a message was sent to the king of Assyria: "The people whom you have resettled in the towns of Israel* do not know how to worship the God of the land. He has sent lions among them to destroy them because they have not worshiped him correctly."1 - 2 Kings 17:26


  • The king of Assyria then commanded, "Send one of the exiled priests from Samaria back to Israel. Let him teach the new residents the religious customs of the God of the land." - 2 Kings 17:27


  • But these various groups of foreigners also continued to worship their own gods. In town after town where they lived, they placed their idols at the pagan shrines that the people of Israel had built. - 2 Kings 17:29


  • And this is still going on among them today. They follow their former practices instead of truly worshiping the LORD and obeying the laws, regulations, instructions, and commands he gave the descendants of Jacob, whose name he changed to Israel. - 2 Kings 17:34


  • Hezekiah son of Ahaz began to rule over Judah in the third year of King Hoshea's reign in Israel. - 2 Kings 18:1


  • He removed the pagan shrines, smashed the sacred pillars, and knocked down the Asherah poles. He broke up the bronze serpent that Moses had made, because the people of Israel had begun to worship it by burning incense to it. The bronze serpent was called Nehushtan.*2 - 2 Kings 18:4


  • Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was never another king like him in the land of Judah, either before or after his time. - 2 Kings 18:5


  • During the fourth year of Hezekiah's reign, which was the seventh year of King Hoshea's reign in Israel, King Shalmaneser of Assyria attacked Israel and began a siege on the city of Samaria. - 2 Kings 18:9


  • Three years later, during the sixth year of King Hezekiah's reign and the ninth year of King Hoshea's reign in Israel, Samaria fell. - 2 Kings 18:10
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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