2 Kings 17:33
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English Standard Version
So they feared the LORD but also served their own gods, after the manner of the nations from among whom they had been carried away.

King James Bible
They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.

American Standard Version
They feared Jehovah, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations from among whom they had been carried away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when they worshipped the Lord, they served also their own gods according to the custom of the nations out of which they were brought to Samaria:

English Revised Version
They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations from among whom they had been carried away.

Webster's Bible Translation
They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.

2 Kings 17:33 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

In the earliest period of their settlement in the cities of Samaria the new settlers were visited by lions, which may have multiplied greatly during the time that the land was lying waste. The settlers regarded this as a punishment from Jehovah, i.e., from the deity of the land, whom they did not worship, and therefore asked the king of Assyria for a priest to teach them the right, i.e., the proper, worship of God of the land; whereupon the king sent them one of the priests who had been carried away, and he took up his abode in Bethel, and instructed the people in the worship of Jehovah. The author of our books also looked upon the lions as sent by Jehovah as a punishment, according to Leviticus 26:22, because the new settlers did not fear Him. העריות: the lions which had taken up their abode there. שׁם וישׁבוּ וילכוּ: that they (the priest with his companions) went away and dwelt there. There is no need therefore to alter the plural into the singular.

The priest sent by the Assyrian king was of course an Israelitish priest of the calves, for he was one of those who had been carried away and settled in Bethel, the chief seat of Jeroboam's image-worship, and he also taught the colonists to fear or worship Jehovah after the manner of the land. This explains the state of divine worship in the land as described in 2 Kings 17:29. "Every separate nation (גּוי גּוי: see Ewald, 313, a.) made itself its own gods, and set them up in the houses of the high places (הבּמות בּית: see at 1 Kings 12:31, and for the singular בּית, Ewald, 270, c.) which the Samaritans (השּׁמרנים, not the colonists sent thither by Esarhaddon, but the former inhabitants of the kingdom of Israel, who are so called from the capital Samaria) had made (built); every nation in the cities where they dwelt."

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They feared

2 Kings 17:41 So these nations feared the LORD, and served their graven images, both their children, and their children's children...

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, How long halt you between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal...

Hosea 10:2 Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.

Zephaniah 1:5 And them that worship the host of heaven on the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham;

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one...

Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one...

whom they carried, etc. or, who carried them away from thence. The new inhabitants of the land imitated the idolatrous Israelites, by associating their idols with jehovah, as the objects of worship. The remainder, however, of the verses seem to relate to the Israelites after they were carried captive. They still persevered in idolatry and disobedience; and not being purified, were left to be consumed in the furnace. it is said that the Israelites `did not fear the Lord,' yet the heathens, who followed their example, are said `to have feared the Lord.' The Israelites did not so much as fear the wrath of Almighty god; but, on the other hand, the poor pagans feared the power of his wrath, and to avert it paid some ignorant worship, according to the wretched instructions given them. as this was an external acknowledgement of his power and God-head, and a homage paid to him,he was pleased in consequence to withdraw his judgements from them.--SCOTT

Cross References
2 Kings 17:32
They also feared the LORD and appointed from among themselves all sorts of people as priests of the high places, who sacrificed for them in the shrines of the high places.

2 Kings 17:34
To this day they do according to the former manner. They do not fear the LORD, and they do not follow the statutes or the rules or the law or the commandment that the LORD commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel.

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