Liturgical Colour : Green
2 Kings 17 : 5-8, 13-15a, 18
The army of the king of Asshur subjected the whole of Israel, and they came to Samaria and laid siege to it for three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria, exiled the Israelites to Asshur and made them settle in Halah, at the banks of Habor, the river of Gozan, as well as in the cities of the Medes.
This happened because the children of Israel had sinned against YHVH, their God, Who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, where they were subject to Pharaoh, but they had turned back to other gods. They followed the customs of the nations which YHVH had driven out before them.
YHVH warned Israel and Judah through the mouth of every prophet and seer, saying : “Turn from your evil ways and keep My commandments and precepts according to the laws which I commanded your fathers and which I have sent to you by My servants, the prophets.”
But they did not listen and refused as did their fathers who did not believe in YHVH, their God. They despised His statutes and the covenant He had made with their fathers, and the warnings He had given them.
So YHVH became indignant with Israel and cast them far away from His presence, leaving only the tribe of Judah.