2 Kings 17

2 Kings 17

 
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25 But since these foreign settlers did not worship the LORD when they first arrived, the LORD sent lions among them to kill some of them.

26 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

27 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."

28 So one of the priests who had been exiled from Samaria returned to Bethel and taught the new residents how to worship the LORD.

29 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.

30 Those from Babylon worshiped idols of their god Succoth-benoth. Those from Cuthah worshiped their god Nergal. And those from Hamath worshiped Ashima.

31 The Avvites worshiped their gods Nibhaz and Tartak. And the people from Sepharvaim even burned their own children as sacrifices to Adrammelech and Anammelech.

32 These new residents worshiped the LORD, but they appointed from among themselves priests to offer sacrifices at the pagan shrines.

33 And though they worshiped the LORD, they continued to follow the religious customs of the nations from which they came.

34 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.

35 For the LORD had made a covenant with the descendants of Jacob and commanded them: "Do not worship any other gods or bow before them or serve them or offer sacrifices to them.

36 Worship only the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt with such mighty miracles and power. You must worship him and bow before him; offer sacrifices to him alone.

37 Be careful to obey all the laws, regulations, instructions, and commands that he wrote for you. You must not worship any other gods.

38 Do not forget the covenant I made with you, and do not worship other gods.

39 You must worship only the LORD your God. He is the one who will rescue you from all your enemies."

40 But the people would not listen and continued to follow their old ways.

41 So while these new residents worshiped the LORD, they also worshiped their idols. And to this day their descendants do the same.

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Notes:

1: Hebrew of Samaria; also in 17:29.


New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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