2 Kings 17:12
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New International Version
They worshiped idols, though the LORD had said, "You shall not do this."

New Living Translation
Yes, they worshiped idols, despite the LORD's specific and repeated warnings.

English Standard Version
and they served idols, of which the LORD had said to them, “You shall not do this.”

New American Standard Bible
They served idols, concerning which the LORD had said to them, "You shall not do this thing."

King James Bible
For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They served idols, although the LORD had told them, "You must not do this."

International Standard Version
and they served idols, a practice that the LORD had warned them, "You are not to do this."

NET Bible
They worshiped the disgusting idols in blatant disregard of the LORD's command.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They served idols, although the LORD had said, "Never do this."

Jubilee Bible 2000
serving idols, of which the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this.

King James 2000 Bible
For they served idols, of which the LORD had said unto them, You shall not do this thing.

American King James Version
For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said to them, You shall not do this thing.

American Standard Version
and they served idols, whereof Jehovah had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they worshipped abominations, concerning which the Lord had commanded them that they should not do this thing.

Darby Bible Translation
and they served idols, as to which Jehovah had said to them, Ye shall not do this thing.

English Revised Version
and they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.

Webster's Bible Translation
For they served idols, of which the LORD had said to them, Ye shall not do this thing.

World English Bible
and they served idols, of which Yahweh had said to them, "You shall not do this thing."

Young's Literal Translation
and serve the idols, of which Jehovah said to them, 'Ye do not do this thing;'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:7-23 Though the destruction of the kingdom of the ten tribes was but briefly related, it is in these verses largely commented upon, and the reasons of it given. It was destruction from the Almighty: the Assyrian was but the rod of his anger, Isa 10:5. Those that bring sin into a country or family, bring a plague into it, and will have to answer for all the mischief that follows. And vast as the outward wickedness of the world is, the secret sins, evil thoughts, desires, and purposes of mankind are much greater. There are outward sins which are marked by infamy; but ingratitude, neglect, and enmity to God, and the idolatry and impiety which proceed therefrom, are far more malignant. Without turning from every evil way, and keeping God's statutes, there can be no true godliness; but this must spring from belief of his testimony, as to wrath against all ungodliness and unrighteousness, and his mercy in Christ Jesus.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - For they served idols; rather, and they served idols. The sense flows on from ver. 7, each verso being joined to the preceding one by the van connective. Gillulim, the term translated "idols," is a word rarely used, except by Ezekiel, with whom it is common. "It contains," as Bahr says, "a subordinate contemptuous and abusive signification;" the primary meaning of galal being "dung," "ordure." Whereof the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing (see Exodus 20:4, 5, 23; Deuteronomy 4:16-18, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For they served idols,.... Baalim, as the Targum; dunghill gods, as the word signifies, as they are often called in Scripture; and Sterculius was one of the names of Saturn, an Heathen deity, which he had, as is supposed, by his finding out the method of making land fruitful with dung (i):

whereof the Lord said unto them, ye shall not do this thing; see Exodus 20:3.

(i) Vid. Macrob. l. 1. c. 7. Lactant. de fals. Relig. l. 1. c. 20.



2 Kings 17:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Israel Exiled Because of Idolatry
11and there they burned incense on all the high places as the nations did which the LORD had carried away to exile before them; and they did evil things provoking the LORD. 12They served idols, concerning which the LORD had said to them, "You shall not do this thing." 13Yet the LORD warned Israel and Judah through all His prophets and every seer, saying, "Turn from your evil ways and keep My commandments, My statutes according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you through My servants the prophets."…
Cross References
Exodus 20:4
"You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

1 Kings 21:26
He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the LORD drove out before Israel.)

2 Kings 17:11
At every high place they burned incense, as the nations whom the LORD had driven out before them had done. They did wicked things that aroused the LORD's anger.
Treasury of Scripture

For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said to them, You shall not do this thing.

whereof

Exodus 20:3-5 You shall have no other gods before me…

Exodus 34:14 For you shall worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, …

Leviticus 26:1 You shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither raise you up …

Deuteronomy 4:19 And lest you lift up your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, …

Deuteronomy 5:7-9 You shall have none other gods before me…

Ye shall not

Deuteronomy 4:15-19,23-25 Take you therefore good heed to yourselves…

Deuteronomy 12:4 You shall not do so to the LORD your God.

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