2 Kings 17:25
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New International Version
When they first lived there, they did not worship the LORD; so he sent lions among them and they killed some of the people.

New Living Translation
But since these foreign settlers did not worship the LORD when they first arrived, the LORD sent lions among them, which killed some of them.

English Standard Version
And at the beginning of their dwelling there, they did not fear the LORD. Therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which killed some of them.

New American Standard Bible
At the beginning of their living there, they did not fear the LORD; therefore the LORD sent lions among them which killed some of them.

King James Bible
And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which slew some of them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When they first lived there, they did not fear Yahweh. So the LORD sent lions among them, which killed some of them.

International Standard Version
When they first began to live there, the settlers did not fear the LORD, so he sent lions among them, and they killed a few of them.

NET Bible
When they first moved in, they did not worship the LORD. So the LORD sent lions among them and the lions were killing them.

New Heart English Bible
So it was, at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they did not fear the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which killed some of them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When they first came to live there, they didn't worship the LORD. So the LORD sent lions to kill some of them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And so it was, at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the LORD; therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which killed some of them.

New American Standard 1977
And it came about at the beginning of their living there, that they did not fear the LORD; therefore the LORD sent lions among them which killed some of them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there that they did not fear the LORD; therefore, the LORD sent lions against them, which slew some of them.

King James 2000 Bible
And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which slew some of them.

American King James Version
And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which slew some of them.

American Standard Version
And so it was, at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not Jehovah: therefore Jehovah sent lions among them, which killed some of them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when they began to dwell there, they feared not the Lord: and the Lord sent lions among them, which killed them.

Darby Bible Translation
And so it was, at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not Jehovah; and Jehovah sent lions among them, which killed [some] of them.

English Revised Version
And so it was, at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which killed some of them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which slew some of them.

World English Bible
So it was, at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they didn't fear Yahweh: therefore Yahweh sent lions among them, which killed some of them.

Young's Literal Translation
and it cometh to pass, at the commencement of their dwelling there, they have not feared Jehovah, and Jehovah doth send among them the lions, and they are destroying among them.
Study Bible
Israel's Cities Resettled by Foreigners
24The king of Assyria brought men from Babylon and from Cuthah and from Avva and from Hamath and Sephar-vaim, and settled them in the cities of Samaria in place of the sons of Israel. So they possessed Samaria and lived in its cities. 25At the beginning of their living there, they did not fear the LORD; therefore the LORD sent lions among them which killed some of them. 26So they spoke to the king of Assyria, saying, "The nations whom you have carried away into exile in the cities of Samaria do not know the custom of the god of the land; so he has sent lions among them, and behold, they kill them because they do not know the custom of the god of the land."…
Cross References
Leviticus 26:22
'I will let loose among you the beasts of the field, which will bereave you of your children and destroy your cattle and reduce your number so that your roads lie deserted.

2 Kings 17:26
So they spoke to the king of Assyria, saying, "The nations whom you have carried away into exile in the cities of Samaria do not know the custom of the god of the land; so he has sent lions among them, and behold, they kill them because they do not know the custom of the god of the land."

2 Kings 17:32
They also feared the LORD and appointed from among themselves priests of the high places, who acted for them in the houses of the high places.

Isaiah 15:9
For the waters of Dimon are full of blood; Surely I will bring added woes upon Dimon, A lion upon the fugitives of Moab and upon the remnant of the land.

Jonah 1:9
He said to them, "I am a Hebrew, and I fear the LORD God of heaven who made the sea and the dry land."
Treasury of Scripture

And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which slew some of them.

they feared

2 Kings 17:28,32,34,41 Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came …

Joshua 22:25 For the LORD has made Jordan a border between us and you, you children …

Jeremiah 10:7 Who would not fear you, O King of nations? for to you does it appertain: …

Daniel 6:26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble …

Jonah 1:9 And he said to them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God …

the Lord sent

2 Kings 2:24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name …

1 Kings 13:24 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and …

1 Kings 20:36 Then said he to him, Because you have not obeyed the voice of the …

Jeremiah 5:6 Why a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings …

Jeremiah 15:3 And I will appoint over them four kinds, said the LORD: the sword …

Ezekiel 14:15,21 If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil …

(25) The Lord sent (the) lions.--In the interval between the Assyrian depopulation and the re-peopling of the land, the lions indigenous to the country had multiplied naturally enough. Their ravages were understood by the colonists as a token of the wrath of the local deity on account of their neglect of his worship. The sacred writer endorses this interpretation of the incident, probably remembering Leviticus 26:22. (Comp. Exodus 23:29; Ezekiel 14:15.)

Which slew.--The form of the verb implies a state of things which lasted some time. Literally, and they were killing among them.

Verse 25. - And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the Lord. They were ignorant, i.e., of Jehovah, and paid him no religious regard. They brought with them their own forms of heathenism (see vers. 30, 31). Therefore the Lord sent lions among them. Lions are not now found in Palestine, nor indeed in any part of Syria, though they are numerous in Mesopotamia; but anciently they appear to have been tolerably common in all parts of the Holy Land (see the comment on 1 Kings 13:24). We may gather from what is said here that, though new settlers had been brought into the country by the Assyrians, yet still there had been a considerable decrease in the population, which had been favorable to the lions multiplying. The new settlers, it is to be noted, were placed in the towns (ver. 24); and it is probable that many of the country districts lay waste and desolate. Still, the writer views the great increase in the number of the lions as a Divine judgment, which it may have been, though based upon a natural circumstance. Which slew some of them. (For the great boldness of the Palestinian lion, see 1 Kings 13:24; 1 Kings 20:36; Proverbs 22:13; Isaiah 31:4; Isaiah 38:13; Jeremiah 5:6, etc.) And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the Lord,.... Did not serve him in any manner, but their idols only, which they brought with them; whereas it was usual with Heathens to serve the gods of the country, as they reputed them, where they came, along with their own; but even this those men did not do:

therefore the Lord sent lions among them; even into their cities, into which lions sometimes came (l), especially when old, out of the thickets of Jordan and other places where they haunted, see Jeremiah 49:19.

which slew some of them; this the Lord did to assert his sovereignty, authority, and mighty power, and to let them know that he could as easily clear the land of them, as they, by his permission, had cleared the land of the Israelites, Josephus (m) calls this a plague that was sent among them.

(l) Aristot. Hist. Animal. l. 9. c. 44. Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 8. c. 16. (m) Ut supra. (Antiqu. l. 9. c. 14. sect. 1.) 17:24-41 The terror of the Almighty will sometimes produce a forced or feigned submission in unconverted men; like those brought from different countries to inhabit Israel. But such will form unworthy thoughts of God, will expect to please him by outward forms, and will vainly try to reconcile his service with the love of the world and the indulgence of their lusts. May that fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom, possess our hearts, and influence our conduct, that we may be ready for every change. Wordly settlements are uncertain; we know not whither we may be driven before we die, and we must soon leave the world; but the righteous hath chosen that good part which shall not be taken from him.
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