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Jotham's good reign.

CHAP. XVI.

The reign of thas. 22 And Menahem slept with his fathers;} 38 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and Pekahiah his son reigned in his stead. and was buried with his fathers in the city

23 1 In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of David his father: And Abaz his son of Judah, Pekahiah the son of Menahem reigned in his stead. began to reign over Israel in Saniaria, and

CHAP. XVI. reigned two years.

IN the seventeenth year of Pekah the 24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not tham king of Judah began to reign. from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Ne- 2 Twenty years old was Ahaz when he bat, who made Israel to sin.

began to reign, and reigned sixteen years 25 But Pekah the son of Remaliah, a in Jerusalem, and did not that which was captain of his, conspired against him, and right in the sight of the Lord his God, smote him in Samaria, in the palace of the like David his father. king's house, with Argob and Arieh, and 3 But he walked in the way of the kings with him fifty men of the Gileadites: and of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass he killed him, and reigned in his room. through the fire, according to the abomi

26 And the rest of the acts of Pekabiah, nations of the heathen, whom the LORD and all that he did, behold, they are writ- cast out from before the children of Israel. ten in the book of the Chronicles of the 4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense kings of Israel.

in the high places, and on the hills, and 27 9 In the two and fiftieth year of Aza- under every green tree. riah king of Judah, Pekah the son of Re- 5 g Then Rezin king of Syria and Pemaliah began to reign over Israel in Sa- kah son of Remaliah king of Israel came maria, and reigned twenty years. up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieg

28 And he did that which was evil in ed Abaz, but could not overcome him. the sight of the LORD: he departed not 6 At that time Rezin king of Syria refrom the sins of Jeroboam the son of Ne- covered Elath to Syria, and drave the bat, who made Israel to sin.

Jews from Elath: and the Syrians came to 29 In the days of Pekah king of Israel Elath, and dwelt there unto this day, came Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and 7 So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglathtook Ijon, and Ābel-beth-maachah, and Ja- pileser king of Assyria, saying, I am thy noah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, servant and thy son: come up, and save and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and me out of the hand of the king of Syria, carried them captive to Assyria.

and out of the hand of the king of Israel, 30 And Hoshea the son of Elah made a which rise up against me. conspiracy against Pekab the son of Re- 8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold maliah, and smote him, and slew him, and that was found in the house of the LORD, reigned in bis stead, in the twentieth year and in the treasures of the king's house, of Jotham the son of Uzziah.

and sent it for a present to the king of 31 And the rest of the acts of Pekah, Assyria. and all that he did, behold, they are writ- 9 And the king of Assyria hearkened ten in the book of the Chronicles of the unto him: for the king of Assyria went up kings of Israel.

against Damascus, and took it, and carried 32 [ In the second year of Pekah the son the people of it captive to Kir, and slew of Remaliah king of Israel began Jotham Rezin. the son of Uzziah king of Judah to reign. 10 And king Ahaz went to Damascus

33 Five and twenty years old was he to meet Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, when he began to reign, and he reigned and saw an altar that was at Damascus : sixteen years in Jerusalem. And his mo- and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the ther's name was Jerusha, the daughter of fashion of the altar, and the pattern of it, Zadok.

according to all the workmanship thereof. 34 And he did that which was right in 11 And Urijah the priest built an altar the sight of the LORD: he did according to according to all that king Ahaz had sent all that his father Uzziah had done. from Damascus : so Urijah the priest made

35 Howbeit, the high places were not it against king Ahaz came from Damascus. removed: the people sacriticed and burned 12 And when the king was come from incense still in the high places. He built Damascus, the king saw the altar: and the higher gate of the house of the Lord. the king approached to the altar, and of

36 T Now the rest of the acts of Jo- fered thereon. tham, and all that he did, are they not 13 And he burnt his burnt-offering and written in the book of the Chronicles of his meat-offering, and poured his drinkthe kings of Judah?

uffering, and sprinkled the blood of his 37 In those days the Lord began to peace-offerings upon the altar. send against Judah, Rezin the king of Sy- 14 And he brought also the brazen al. ria, and Pekab the son of Remaliah. tar, which was before the LORD, from the The wicked reign of Hoshea. 11. KINGS. Israel earned away eaplide. forefront of the bouse, from between the before the children of Israel, and of the altar and the house of the Lord, and put it kings of Israel, which they had made. on the north side of the altar.

9 And the children of Israel did se15 And king Ahaz commanded Urijab cretly those things that were not right the priest, saying, Upon the great altar against the Lord their God, and they burn the morning burnt-offering, and the built them high places in all their cities, evening meat-offering, and the king's from the tower of the watchmen to the burnt-sacrifice, and his meat-offering, with fenced city. the burnt-offering of all the people of the 10 And they set them up images and land, and their meat-offering, and their groves in every high hill, and under every drink-offerings; and sprinkle upon it all green tree: the blood of the burnt-offering, and all the 11 And there they burnt incense in all blood of the sacrifice: and the brazen altar the high places, as did the heathen whom shall be for me to inquire by.

the LORD carried away before thein; and 16 Thus did Urijah the priest, accord- wrought wicked things to provoke the ing to all that king Ahaz commanded.

Lord to anger: 17 | And king Ahaz cut off the borders 12 For they served idols, whereof the of the bases, and removed the laver from Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not do off them; and took down the sea from off this thing. the brazen oxen that were under it, and 13 Yet the Lord testified against Isput it upon a pavement of stones. rael, and against Judah, by all the pro

18 And the covert for the sabbath that phets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn they had built in the house, and the king's ye from your evil ways, and keep my entry without, turned he from the house of commandments, and my statutes, accordthe Lord for the king of Assyria. ing to all the law which I commanded your

19 | Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz fathers, and which I sent to you by my which he did, are they not written in the servants the prophets. book of theChronicles of the kings of Judah? 14 Notwithstanding, they would not

20 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and hear, but hardened their necks, like to was buried with his fathers in the city of the neck of their fathers, that did not beDavid: and Hezekiah his son reigned in lieve in the LORD their God. bis stead.

15 And they rejected his statutes, and CHAP. XVII.

his covenant that he made with their fa'N the twelfth year of Abaz king of Ju-thers, and his testimonies which he testireign in Samaria over Israel nine years. ty, and became vain, and went after the

2 And he did that which was evil in the heathen that were round about them, comsight of the Lord, but not as the kings of cerning whom the Lord had charged them, Israel that were before him.

that they should not do like them. 3 | Against him came up Shalmaneser 16 And they left all the commandments king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his of the Lord their God, and made them servant, and gare him presents. molten images, even two calves, and made

4 And the king of Assyria found con- a grove, and worshipped all the host of spiracy in Hoshca: for he had sent mes- heaven, and served Baal. sengers to So king of Egypt, and brought 17 And they ca

ised their sons and their no present to the king of Assyria, as he had daughters to pass through the fire, and done year by year: therefore the king of used divination and enchantments, and Assyria shut him up, and bound him in sold themselves to do evil in the sight of prison.

the Lord, to provoke him to anger. 5 Then the king of Assyria came up

18 Therefore the LORD was very angry throughout all the land, and went up to with Israel, and removed them out of his Samaria, and besieged it three years. sight: there was none left but the tribe of

6 T In the ninth year of Hoshea the Judah only: king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried 19 Also Judah kept not the commandIsrael away into Assyria, and placed them ments of the Lord their God, but walked in Halah and in Habor by the river of Go- in the statutes of Israel which they made, zan, and in the cities of the Medes. 20 And the Lord rejected all the seed

7 For so it was, that the children of Is- of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered rael had sinned against the Lord their them into the hand of spoilers, until be God, which had brought them up out of had cast them out of his sight. the land of Egypt, from under the hand of 21 For he rent Israel from the house of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared David; and they made Jeroboam the son other gods,

of Nebat king: and Jeroboain drave Israel 8 Aud walked in the statutes of the from following the Lord, and made them heathen whom the LORD cast out from sin a great sin.

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A mixture of religione. CHAP. XVIII. The good reign of Hezekiah.

22 For the children of Israel walked in shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourall the sins of Jeroboam which he did ; selves to them, nor serve them, nor sacrithey departed not from them;

fice to them: 23 Until the LORD removed Israel out 36 But the LORD, who brought you up of his sight, as he had said by all his ser-out of the land of Egypt with great power vants the prophets. So was Israel carried and a stretched-out arm, him shall ye fear, away out of their own land to Assyria unto and him shall ye worship, and to him shall this day.

ye do sacrifice. 24 | And the king of Assyria brought 37 And the statutes, and the ordinances, men from Babylon, and from Cuthab, and and the law, and the commandment which from Ava, and from Hamath, and from he wrote for you, ye shall observe to do for Sepharvaim, and placed them in the ci- evermore; and ye shall not fearother gods. ties of Samaria instead of the children of 38 And the covenant that I have made Israel : and they possessed Samaria, and with you ye shall not forget; neither shall dwelt in the cities thereof.

ye fear other gods. 25 And so it was at the beginning of 39 But the LORD your God ye shall fear; their dwelling there, that they feared not and he shall deliver you out of the hand the LORD: therefore the Lord sent lions of all your enemies. among them, which slew some of them. 40 How beit they did not hearken, but

26 Wherefore they spake to the king they did after their former manner. of Assyria, saying, The nations which 41 So these nations feared the LORD, and thou hast removed, and placed in the cities served their graven images, both their chilof Samaria, know not the manner of the dren, and their children's children: as God of the land : therefore he hath sent did their fathers, so do they unto this day. lions among them, and behold, they slay

CHAP. XVIII. them, because they know not the manner Vow it came to pass in the third year of the God of the land,

27 Then the king of Assyria command- that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Jued, saying, Carry thither one of the priests dah began to reign. whom ye brought from thence; and let them 2 Twenty and five years old was be go and dwell there, and let him teach when he began to reign; and he reigned them the manner of the God of the land. twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His

28 Then one of the priests whom they mother's name also was Abi the daughter had carried away from Samaria came and of Zachariah. dwelt in Beth-el, and taught them how 3 And he did that which was right in they should fear the LORD.

the sight of the LORD, according to all that 29 Howbeit, every nation made gods David his father did. of their own, and put them in the houses 4 T He removed the high places, and of the high places which the Samaritans brake the images, and cut down the groves, had made, every nation in their cities and brake in pieces the brazen serpent wherein they dwel

that Moses had made : for unto those days 30 And the men of Babylon made Suc- the children of Israel did burn incense to coth-benoth, and the men of Cuth made it : and he called it Nebushtan. Nergal, and the men of Hamath made 5 He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; Ashina,

so that after him was none like him among 31 And the Avites made Nibhaz and all the kings of Judah, norany that were beTartak, and the Sepharvites burnt their fore him. children in fire to Adrammelech and 6 For he clave to the LORD, and deAnamnmelech, the gods of Sepharvaim. parted not from following him, but kept

32 So they feared the Lord, and made his commandments, which the LORD comunto themselves of the lowest of them manded Moses. priests of the high places, which sacrificed ring And the LORD was with bim : and for them in the houses of the high places. he prospered whithersoever he went forth:

33 They feared the Lord, and served and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, their own gods, after the manner of the na- and served him not. tions whom they carried away from thence. 8 He smote the Philistines, even unto

34 Unto this day they do after the for- Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the mer manners: they fear not the Lord, tower of the watchmen to the fenced city, neither do they after their statutes, or af

9 T And it came to pass in the fourth ter their ordinances, or after the law and year of king Hezekiah, which was the commandment which the Lord command-seventh year of Hoshea son of Elab king of ed the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel, that Shalmaneser king of Assyria Israel; 35 With whom the LORD had made a

came up against Samaria, and besieged it.

10 And at the end of three years they covenant, and charged them, saying, Ye took it: even in the sixth year of Hezekia

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Sennacherib besieges Hezekiah. II. KINGS. Samaria is carried captive. ah, (that is the ninth year of Hoshea king horses, if thou be able on thy part to set of Israel,)Samaria was taken.

riders upon them. 11 And the king of Assyria did carry 24 How then wilt thou turn away the away Israel unto Assyria, and put them face of one captain of the least of my masin Halah and in Habor by the river of Go-ter's servants, and put thy trust on Egypt zan, and in the cities of the Medes: for chariots and for horsemen?

12 Because they obeyed not the voice 25 Am I now come up without the of the Lord their God, but transgressed LORD against this place to destroy it? The his covenant, and all that Moses the ser- LORD said to me, Go up against this land, vant of the LORD commanded, and would and destroy it. not hear them, nor do them.

26 Then said Eliakim the son of Hile 13 Now in the fourteenth year of king kiah, and Shebna, and Joah, unto RabHezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria shakeh, Speak, I pray thee, to thy sercome up against all the fenced cities of vants in the Syrian language; for we unJudah, and took them.

derstand it: and talk not with us in the 14 And Hezekiah king of Judah sent Jews' language in the ears of the people to the king of 'ssyria to Lachish, saying, that are on the wall. I have offended; return from me: that 27 But Rab-shakeh said unto them, which thou puttest on me I will bear. Hath my master sent me to thy master, And the king of Assyria appointed unto and to thee, to speak these words? hath he Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred not sent me to the men which sit on the talents of silver and thirty talents of gold. wall, that they may eat their own dung,

15 And Hezekiah gave him all the sil- and drink their own piss with you? ver that was found in the house of the LORD, 28 Then Rab-shakeh stood and cried and in the treasures of the king's house. with a loud voice in the Jews' language,

16 At that time did Hezekiah cut off and spake, saying, Hear the word of the the gold from the doors of the temple of great king, the king of Assyria: the LORD, and from the pillars which 29 Thus saith the king, Let not Heze. Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid, and kiah deceive you: for he shall not be able gave it to the king of Assyria.

to deliver you out of his band : 17 | And the king of Assyria sent Tar- 30 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust tan and Rabsaris and Rab-shakeh from in the LORD, saying, The LORD will sureLachish to king Hezekiah with a great ly deliver us, and this city shall not be dehost against Jerusalem: and they went livered into the hand of the king of Assyria. up, and came to Jerusalem: and when 31 Hearken not unto Hezekiah: for they were come up, they came and stood thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an by the conduit of the upper pool, which is agreement with me by a present, and come in the highway of the fuller's field. out to me, and then eat ye every man of his

18 And when they had called to the own vine, and every one of his fig-tree, king, there came out to them Eliakim the and drink ye every one the waters of his son of Hilkiah, which was over the house- cistern: hold, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the 32 Until I come and take you away to son of Asaph the recorder.

a land like your own land, a land of corn 19. And Rab-shakeh said unto them, and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith a land of oil-olive and of honey, that ye the great king, the king of Assyria, What may live, and not die: and hearken not confidence is this wherein thou trusiest? unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you,

20 Thou sayest, (but they are but vain saying, The Lord will deliver us. words, I have counsel and strength for the 33 Hath any of the gods of the nations war. Now on whom dost thou trust, that delivered at all his land out of the hand thou rebellest against me?

of the king of Assyria? 21 Now behold, thou trustest upon the 34 Where are the gods of Hamath, and staff of this bruised reed, even upon Egypt, of Arpad? where are the gods of Sepbar. on which if a man lean, it will go into his vaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they deliver. band, and pierce it; so is Pharaoh king/ed Samaria out of my hand ? of Egypt unto all that trust on him. 35 Who are they among all the gods of

22 But if ye say unto me, We trust in the countries that have delivered their the Lord our God: is not that he whose country out of my hand, that the LORD high places and whose altars Hezekiah should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand! hath taken away, and hath said to Judah 36 But the people held their peace, and Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before and answered him not a word: for the this altar in Jerusalem?

king's commandment was, saying, An 23 Now therefore, I pray thee, give swer him not. pledges to my lord the king of Assyria, 37 Then came Eliakim the son of Hil. and I will deliver thce iwo thousandlkiah, which was over the housebold, and

Hezekiah mourns.

CHAP. XIX.

Hezekiah's prayer Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. Asaph the recorder, to Hezekiah with 15 And Hezekiah prayed before the their clothes rent, and told him the words Lord and said, O Lord God of Israel, of Rab-shakeh.

which dwellest between the cherubims, CHAP. XIX.

thou art the God, even thou alone, of all

A Nikit came to pass whene krone is the kingdom of the earth; thou hast made

zekiah heard that he rent his earth clothes, and covered himself with sack- 16 Lord, bow down thine ear, and hear: cloth, and went into the house of the Lord. open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear

2 And he sent Eliakim, which was over the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent the household, and Shebna the scribe, and him to reproach the living God. the elders of the priests, covered with 17 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of syria have destroyed the nations and their Amoz.

lands, 3 And they said unto him, Thus saith 18 And have cast their gods into the Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, fire: for they were no gods, but the work and of rebuke, and blasphemy: for the of men's hands, wood and stone : therechildren are come to the birth, and there fore they have destroyed them. is not strength to bring forth.

19 Now therefore, O Lord our God, I 4 It may be the Lord thy God will hear beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, all the words of Rab-shakeh, whom the that all the kingdoms of the earth may king of Assyria his master hath sent to re- know that thou art the LORD God, even proach the living God; and will reprove thou only. The words which the LORD thy God hath 20 T Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD remnant that are left.

God of Israel, That which thou hast pray5 So the servants of king Hezekiah ed to me against Sennacherib king of As. came to Isaiah.

syria I have heard. 6 | And Isaiah said unto them, Thus 21 This is the word that the Lord hath shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the spoken concerning him; The virgin the LORD, Be not afraid of the words which daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and thou hast heard, with which the servants laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.

7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, 22 Whom hast thou reproached and and he shall hear a rumour, and shall re-blasphemed ? and against whom hast thou turn to his own land; and I will cause him exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes to fall by the sword in his own land. on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.

8 T So Rab-shakeh returned, and found 23 By thy messengers thou hastrethe king of Assyria warring against Lib-\proached the Lord, and hast said, With nah: for he had beard that he was depart- the multitude of my chariots ! am come ed from Lachish.

up to the height of the mountains, to the 9 And when he heard say of Tirhakah sides of Lebanon, and will cut down the king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out tall cedar-trees thereof, and the choice to fight against thee: he sent messengers fir-trees thereof: and I will enter into the again unto Hezekiah, saying,

lodgings of his borders, and into the forest 10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah of his Carmel. king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God in 24 I have digged and drunk strange whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, waters, and with the sole of my feet have l Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the dried up all the rivers of besieged places. hand of the king of Assyria.

25 Hast thou not heard long ago how ! 11 Behold, thou hast heard what the have done it, and of ancient times that I kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by have formed it? now have I brought it to destroying them utterly : and shalt thou pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste be delivered?

lenced cities into ruinous heaps. 12 Have the gods of the nations de- 26 Therefore their inhabitants were of livered them which my fathers have de- small power, they were dismayed and stroyed ; ats Gozan, and Haran, and Re-confounded; they were as the grass of the zeph, and the children of Eden which were field, and as the green herb,as the grass on in 'Thelasar?

the house-tops, and as corn blasted before 13 Where is the king of Hamath, and it be grown up. the king of Arpad, and the king of the 27 But I know thy abode, and thy gocity of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah? ing out, and thy coming in, and thy rage

14 | And Hezekiah received the letter against me. of the hand of the messengers, and read 28 Because thy rage against me and it: and Hezekiah went up into the bouse thy tumult is come up into mine esis,

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