Treasury Of Scripture Knowledge - 2 King 17:33 - 17:33

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Treasury Of Scripture Knowledge - 2 King 17:33 - 17:33

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They feared: 2Ki 17:41; 1Ki 18:21; Hos 10:2; Zep 1:5; Mat 6:24; Luk 16:13

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 acknowledgment of his power and Godhead, and a homage paid to him, he was pleased in consequence to withdraw his judgments from them. - Scott