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  • These were descendants of the nations that Israel had not completely destroyed.* So Solomon conscripted them for his labor force, and they serve in the labor force to this day.5 - 1 Kings 9:21

  • People from every nation came to visit him and to hear the wisdom God had given him. - 1 Kings 10:24

  • The LORD had clearly instructed his people not to intermarry with those nations, because the women they married would lead them to worship their gods. Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. - 1 Kings 11:2

  • There were even shrine prostitutes throughout the land. The people imitated the detestable practices of the pagan nations the LORD had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites. - 1 Kings 14:24

  • For I swear by the LORD your God that the king has searched every nation and kingdom on earth from end to end to find you. And each time when he was told, `Elijah isn't here,' King Ahab forced the king of that nation to swear to the truth of his claim. - 1 Kings 18:10

  • After King Ahab's death, the nation of Moab declared its independence from Israel. - 2 Kings 1:1

  • Instead, he followed the example of the kings of Israel, even sacrificing his own son in the fire.* He imitated the detestable practices of the pagan nations the LORD had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites.1 - 2 Kings 16:3

  • This disaster came upon the nation of Israel because the people worshiped other gods, sinning against the LORD their God, who had brought them safely out of their slavery in Egypt. - 2 Kings 17:7

  • They had imitated the practices of the pagan nations the LORD had driven from the land before them, as well as the practices the kings of Israel had introduced. - 2 Kings 17:8

  • 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

  • They rejected his laws and the covenant he had made with their ancestors, and they despised all his warnings. They worshiped worthless idols and became worthless themselves. They followed the example of the nations around them, disobeying the LORD's command not to imitate them. - 2 Kings 17:15

  • And though they worshiped the LORD, they continued to follow the religious customs of the nations from which they came. - 2 Kings 17:33

  • Have the gods of any other nations ever saved their people from the king of Assyria? - 2 Kings 18:33

  • What god of any nation has ever been able to save its people from my power? Name just one! So what makes you think that the LORD can rescue Jerusalem?" - 2 Kings 18:35

  • Have the gods of other nations rescued them--such nations as Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Tel-assar? The former kings of Assyria destroyed them all! - 2 Kings 19:12

  • "It is true, LORD, that the kings of Assyria have destroyed all these nations, just as the message says. - 2 Kings 19:17

  • And they have thrown the gods of these nations into the fire and burned them. But of course the Assyrians could destroy them! They were not gods at all--only idols of wood and stone shaped by human hands. - 2 Kings 19:18
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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