2 Kings 17
Hoshea his wicked reign.
2 Kings 17:1 In the .xij. yeare of Ahaz kynge of Iuda, Hosea sonne of Elah beganne to raigne in Samaria, vpon Israel, & continued .ix. year 2 Kings 17:2 & dyd that displeased the Lord, but not so euyll as dyd the kynges of Israel þt were before hym.
Being subdued by Shalmaneser, he conspireth against him with So king of Egypt.
2 Kings 17:3 And Salmanasar kynge of Assyrya came vpon him, & Hosea became hys seruaunte, and gaue hym presentes. 2 Kings 17:4 And the kynge of Assyrya founde treason in Hosea, because he had sente messengers to Sua kynge of Egypte, and sente no presentes vnto the kynge of Assyrya, as he was yerely wonte to do. Therfore the kynge of Assyrya beseged hym, and put hym in pryson.
Samaria for their sins is captivated.
2 Kings 17:5 And then the kyng of Assyrya came thorououte all the londe, & came to Samaria & beseged it thre yeare.
2 Kings 17:6 And in the nynthe yeare of Hosea, the kynge of Assyrya toke Samaria & caryed Israel away vnto Assyrya, & put them in Hala, in Habor on the riuer of Gozan, & in þe cytyes of the Medes. 2 Kings 17:7 For the chyldren of Israel had synned agaynst the Lorde theyr God whiche brought them oute of the lande of Egypt, from vnder the hande of Pharao kyng of Egypt, and feared other Goddes. 2 Kings 17:8 And they walked in the ordinaunce of the hethen which þe Lorde caste oute before the children of Israel, and in the thynges which the kynges of Israell had made. 2 Kings 17:9 And the chyldren of Israel wrapt them selues in thynges that were not well toward the Lorde their God. And they buylte them hylaulters in al theyr cytyes, bothe in þe toures where they kepte watche, and also in the strong tounes. 2 Kings 17:10 And they made them Images & groues on euerye hye hyll, & vnder euerye grene tree. 2 Kings 17:11 And there they sacrifyced in the hylaulters, as dyd the hethen which the Lorde caried awaye at theyr commynge, & wrought weked dedes, to angre the Lord wyth al. 2 Kings 17:12 And they serued Idoles, wherof the Lord had said to them: ye shall not do so. 2 Kings 17:13 And the Lorde testifyed to Israel & to Iuda, by all the Prophetes & by al the sears sayinge: Turne from youre wicked wayes & kepe my commaundementes & myne ordinaunces accordynge to all the lawes which I commaunded youre fathers, & as I sente to you by my seruauntes the prophetes. 2 Kings 17:14 Notwithstanding they wolde not heare, but hardened their neckes, lyke to the neckes of their fathers þt dyd not beleue the Lorde theyr God. 2 Kings 17:15 And they refused his ordinaunce & his appoyntemente þt he had made wyth theyr fathers, and the wytnesse which he had witnessed to them, and folowed vanitie and became vayne, lyke to the hethen that were rounde aboute them, of whiche the Lorde had charged them, that they shuld not do lyke them. 2 Kings 17:16 But they lefte the commaundementes of the Lorde their God, and made them Images of metall, euen .ij. calues: & made groues, and bowed them selues vnto all the host of heauen, & serued Baal, 2 Kings 17:17 And they sacrificed their sonnes & their doughters in fyre, & vsed witchcraft & enchauntementes, & were solde to worcke wickednes in the sight of the Lorde for to angre hym. 2 Kings 17:18 Wherfore the Lorde was excedyng wrothe with Israel & put them oute of hys sighte, that there was lefte but the trybe of Iuda onelye, 2 Kings 17:19 and therto Iuda kept not the commaundementes of the Lorde theyr God, but walked in the ordinaunces of Israel whiche they had made. 2 Kings 17:20 Therfore the Lorde caste vp all the seed of Israell, and vexed them and delyuered them into the handes of spoylers, vntyll he had cast them oute of his syght. 2 Kings 17:21 And Israel deuyded them selues from the house of Dauid, and made Ieroboam the sonne of Nabat kynge. Which Ieroboam thruste Israel awaye from the Lorde, and made them synne a great synne. 2 Kings 17:22 And so þe children of Israel walcked in al the synne of Ieroboam which he had set vp, and departed not therefrom, 2 Kings 17:23 vntyll the Lorde had put Israel awaye oute of hys sighte, as he sayde by al his seruauntes the prophetes. And so he translated Israel oute of theyr lande to Assyrya, euen vnto this daye.
The strange nations, which were transplanted in Samaria, being plagued with lions, make a mixture of religions.
2 Kings 17:24 And the kynge of Assyrya brought from Babylon & from Cutha, & from Aua & from Hemath and from Sepharuaim, and put them in the cyties of Samaria in steade of the chyldren of Israel. And they possessed Samaria & dwelte in the cytyes thereof. 2 Kings 17:25 But at the begynnynge of theyr dwellynge, they feared not the Lord. Wherfore the Lorde sente lyons vpon them which slue them. 2 Kings 17:26 Then the men tolde the king of Assyrya, sayinge: The nacyons which thou hast translated, & put in the cytyes of Samaria, knowe not the maner of the God of the lande, and therfore he hath sente lyons vpon them, whiche slaye them, because they knowe not the maner of the God of the lande. 2 Kings 17:27 Then the kynge of Assyrya commaunded saying: cary thyther one of the priestes which ye brought thence, & let him go, & dwell there, & teache them the fashyon howe to serue þe God of the countreye. 2 Kings 17:28 And then one of the priestes which they had caried thence, went & dwelte in Bethel, & taught them howe they shulde feare þe Lorde. 2 Kings 17:29 How be it, euerye nacyon made theyr owne Goddes, & put them in the houses of þe Hiaulters whiche the Samaritans had made, euerye nacion in theyr cytyes where they dwelte. 2 Kings 17:30 The men of Babilon made Socoth, Benoth. The men of Cuth made Nergell. They of Hemath made Asima. 2 Kings 17:31 The Euites made Nebahaz, and Tharthak. And the Sepharuaites burnt theyr chyldren in fyre vnto Adramelech and Anamelech, the Goddes of the Sepharuaites. 2 Kings 17:32 And though they feared the Lorde, yet they made them priestes of the loweste of the people, for the hyllaultars, whiche sacrifyced for them in the houses of the hyll aulters. 2 Kings 17:33 And so they feared the Lorde, and yet serued theyr owne Goddes after the maner of the people from whence they were brought. 2 Kings 17:34 Vnto thys daye they do after the olde maner: they neyther feare the Lorde, neyther do after theyr owne ordynaunces and customes, and after the lawe & commaundement whiche the Lord commaunded the chyldren of Iacob whose name he called Israel, 2 Kings 17:35 and made an appoyntmente with them and charged them saying: feare not any other Goddes, nor bow your selues to them nor serue them, nor sacrifice to them: 2 Kings 17:36 but to the Lorde whych brought you oute of the lande of Egypte wyth greate powre & a stretched out arme: hym feare & to him bowe & to him do sacrifice. 2 Kings 17:37 And the ordinaunces, customes, law & commaundement which I wrote for you, se þt ye be diligente to do for euermore, & feare not any other Goddes. 2 Kings 17:38 And the appoyntement þt I haue made wyth you, se ye forget not, and that you feare none other Goddes: 2 Kings 17:39 but the Lorde youre God ye shall feare, & he shall delyuer you out of þe handes of all youre enemies. 2 Kings 17:40 How be it they hearde not, but dyd after the olde maner. 2 Kings 17:41 And euen so dyd these nacions feare þe Lorde & serue theyr ymages therto: & so dyd their children & theyr chyldrens children to. Euen as dyd theyr fathers, so do they vnto this daye.