17:16 They abandoned all the commandments of the Lord their God; they made two metal calves and an Asherah pole, bowed down to all the stars in the sky, 1 and worshiped 2 Baal. 17:17 They passed their sons and daughters through the fire, 3 and practiced divination and omen reading. They committed themselves to doing evil in the sight of the Lord and made him angry. 4
17:18 So the Lord was furious 5 with Israel and rejected them; 6 only the tribe of Judah was left. 17:19 Judah also failed to keep the commandments of the Lord their God; they followed Israel’s example. 7 17:20 So the Lord rejected all of Israel’s descendants; he humiliated 8 them and handed them over to robbers, until he had thrown them from his presence. 17:21 He tore Israel away from David’s dynasty, and Jeroboam son of Nebat became their king. 9 Jeroboam drove Israel away 10 from the Lord and encouraged them to commit a serious sin. 11 17:22 The Israelites followed in the sinful ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat and did not repudiate 12 them. 17:23 Finally 13 the Lord rejected Israel 14 just as he had warned he would do 15 through all his servants the prophets. Israel was deported from its land to Assyria and remains there to this very day.