Yet the Lord testified against Israel

and against Judah,saying,

     "Turn from your evil ways,

     and keep My commandments and My statutes,

     according to all I commanded your fathers,
and which I sent to you 
by My servants the prophets."  

Nevertheless they would not hear,
     but stiffened their necks,
     like the necks of their fathers. 
So they left all the commandments of the Lord.


                                          --- II Kings 17:13-16