17:28 So one of the priests whom they had deported from Samaria went back and settled in Bethel. 1 He taught them how to worship 2 the Lord.
17:29 But each of these nations made 3 its own gods and put them in the shrines on the high places that the people of Samaria 4 had made. Each nation did this in the cities where they lived. 17:30 The people from Babylon made Succoth Benoth, 5 the people from Cuth made Nergal, 6 the people from Hamath made Ashima, 7 17:31 the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak, 8 and the Sepharvites burned their sons in the fire as an offering to Adrammelech and Anammelech, 9 the gods of Sepharvaim. 17:32 At the same time they worshiped 10 the Lord. They appointed some of their own people to serve as priests in the shrines on the high places. 11 17:33 They were worshiping 12 the Lord and at the same time serving their own gods in accordance with the practices of the nations from which they had been deported.
17:34 To this very day they observe their earlier practices. They do not worship 13 the Lord; they do not obey the rules, regulations, law, and commandments that the Lord gave 14 the descendants of Jacob, whom he renamed Israel. 17:35 The Lord made an agreement 15 with them 16 and instructed them, “You must not worship other gods. Do not bow down to them, serve them, or offer sacrifices to them. 17:36 Instead you must worship the Lord, who brought you up from the land of Egypt by his great power and military ability; 17 bow down to him and offer sacrifices to him. 17:37 You must carefully obey at all times the rules, regulations, law, and commandments he wrote down for you. You must not worship other gods. 17:38 You must never forget the agreement I made with you, and you must not worship other gods. 17:39 Instead you must worship the Lord your God; then he will rescue you from the power of all your enemies.” 17:40 But they 18 pay no attention; instead they observe their earlier practices. 17:41 These nations are worshiping the Lord and at the same time serving their idols; their sons and grandsons do just as their fathers have done, to this very day.