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EVENING. 2 Kings XVIII.

the the fourteenth year of king Hethird year of Hoshea son of zekiah did Sennacherib king of Elah king of Israel, that Heze- Assyria come up against all the kiah the son of Ahaz king of Ju- fenced cities of Judah, and took dah began to reign. Twenty and them. And Hezekiah king of Jufive years old was he when he dah sent to the king of Assyria to began to reign; and he reigned Lachish, saying, I have offended; twenty and nine years in Jeru- return from me: that which thou salem. Ilis mother's name also putiest on me will I bear. And was Abi, the daughter of Zacha- the king of Assyria appointed unriah. And he did that which was to Hezekiah king of Judah three right in the sight of the LORD, hundred talents of silver and thiraccording to all that David his ty talents of gold. And Hezekiah father did. He removed the high gave him all the silver that was places, and brake the images, and found in the house of the LORD, cut down the groves, and brake and in the treasures of the king's in pieces the brasen serpent that house. At that time did Hezekiah Moses had made: for unto those cut off the gold from the doors of days the children of Israel did the temple of the LORD, and from burn incense to it: and he called the pillars which Hezekiah king it Nehushtan. He trusted in the of Judah had overlaid, and gave LORD God of Israel; so that after it to the king of Assyria. And the him was none like him among king of Assyria sent Tartan and all the kings of Judah, nor any Rabsaris and Rab-shakeh from that were before him. For he Lachish to king Hezekiah with a clave to the Lord, and departed great host against Jerusalem. And not from following him, but kept they went up and came to Jeruhis commandments, which the salem. And when they were come LORD commanded Moses. And up, they came and stood by the the LORD was with him; and he conduit of the upper

pol, which prospered whithersoever he went is in the highway of the fuller's forth : and he rebelled against the field. And when they had called king of Assyria, and served him to the king, there came out to not. He smote the Philistines, them Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, even unto Gaza, and the borders which was over the household, and thereof, from the tower of the Shebna the scribe, and Joah the watchmen to the fenced city. And son of Asaph the recorder. And it came to pass in the fourth year Rab-shakeh said unto thein, of king Hezekiah, which was the Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus seventh year of Hoshea son of saith the great king, the king of Elah king of Israel, that Shalma- Assyria, What confidence is this neser king of Assyria came up wherein thou trustest? Thou say. against Samaria, and besieged it. est, (but they are but vain words,) And at the end of three years they I have counsel and strength for took it: even in the sixth year of the war. Now on whom dost thou Hezekiah, that is the ninth year trust, that thou rebellest against of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria me? Now, behold, thou trustest was taken. And the king As- upon the staff of this bruised reed, syria did carry away Israel unto even upon Egypt, on which if a Assyria, and put them in Ha- man lean, it will go into his hand, lah and in Habor by the river of and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king Gozan, and in the cities of the of Egypt unto all that trust on Medes: because they obeyed not him. But if ye say unto me, We the voice of the LORD their God, trust in the LORD our God: is but transgressed his covenant, and not that he, whose high places all that Moses the servant of the and whose altars Hezekiah hath LORD commanded, and would not taken away, and hath said to hear them, nor do them. Now in Judah and Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem? Now therefore, I pray

city shall not be delivered into

the hand of the king of Assyria. thee, give pledges to my lord the Hearken not to Hezekiah : for king of Assyria, and I will de- thus saith the king of Assyria, liver thee two thousand horses, Make an agreement with me by if thou be able on thy part to set a present, and come out to me, riders upon them. How then wilt and then eat ye every man of his thou turn away the face of one own vine, and every one of his captain of the least of my master's fig tree, and drink ye every one servants, and put thy trust on E- the waters of his cistern: until I gypt for chariots and for horse. come and take you away to a men? Am I now come up with- land like your own land, a land out the LORD against this place to of corn and wine, a land of bread destroy it? The LORD said to me, and vineyards, a land of oil olive Go up against this land, and de- and of honey, that ye may live, stroy it. Then said Eliakim the and not die: and hearken not un. son of Hilkiah, and Shebna, and to Hezekiah, when he persuadeth Joah, unto Rab-shakeh, Speak, you, saying, The Lord will deliver I pray thee, to thy servants in the us. Hath any of the gods of the Syrian language; for we under- nations delivered at all his land stand it: and talk not with us in out of the hand of the king of the Jews' language in the ears of Assyria ? Where are the gods of the people that are on the wall. Hamath, and of Arpad ? where But Rab-shakeh said unto them, are the gods of Sepharvaim, HeHath my master sent me to thy na, and Ivah? have they delivermaster, and to thee, to speak ed' Samaria out of mine hand ? these words ? hath he not sent me Who are they among all the gods to the men which sit on the wall, of the countries, that have delithat they may eat their own dung, vered their country out of mine and drink their own piss with you? hand, that the LORD should deliThen Rab-shakeh stood and cried ver Jerusalem out of mine hand ? with a id voice in the Jews' lan- But the people held their peace, guage, and spake, saying, Hear and answered him not a word: the word of the great king, the for the king's commandment was, king of Assyria : thus saith the saying, Answer him not. Then king, Let not Hezekiah deceive came Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, you: for he shall not be able to which was over the household, and deliver you out of his hand: nei- Shebna the scribe, and Joah the ther let Hezekiah make you trust son of Asaph the recorder, to Hein the LORD, saying, The LORD zekiah with their clothes rent, and will surely deliver us, and this told him the words of Rab-shakeh,

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the LORD thy God will hear all rent his clothes, and covered him- the words of Rab-shakeh, whom self with sackcloth, and went into the king of Assyria his master the house of the LORD. And he hath sent to reproach the living sent Eliakim, which was over the God; and will reprove the words household, and Shebna the scribe, which the LORD thy God hath and the elders of the priests, co- heard: wherefore lift up thy prayvered with sackcloth, to Isaiah er for the remnant that are left. the prophet the son of Amoz. And So the servants of king Hezekiah they said unto him, Thus saith came to Isaiah. And Isaiah said Hezekiah, This day is a day of unto them, Thus shall ye say to trouble, and of rebuke, and blas- your master, Thus saith the LORD, phemy: for the children are come Be not afraid of the words which to the birth, and there is not thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria kingdoms of the earth may know have blasphemed me. Behold, I that thou art the LORD God, even will send a blast upon him, and thou only. Then Isaiah the son of he shall hear a rumour, and shall Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, return to his own land ; and I will Thus saith the LORD God of Iscause him to fall by the sword in rael, That which thou hast prayed his own land. So Rab-shakeh re- to me against Sennacherib king turned, and found the king of As- of Assyria I have heard. This is syria warring against Libnah: for the word that the LORD hath he had heard that he was depart. spoken concerning him; The vired from Lachish. And when he gin the daughter of Zion hath heard say of Tirhakah king of despised thee, and laughed thee Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out to scorn; the daughter of Jeruto fight against thee: he sent mes- salem hath shaken her head at sengers again unto Hezekiah, say- thee. Whom hast thou reproaching, Thus shall ye speak to Heze- ed and blasphemed? and against kiah king of Judah, saying, Let whom hast thou exalted thy voice, not thy God in whom thou trust- and lifted up thine eyes on high? est deceive thee, saying, Jerusa- even against the Holy One of Islem shall not be delivered into rael. By thy messengers thou hast the hand of the king of Assyria. reproached the Lord, and hast Behold, thou hast heard what the said, With the multitude of my kings of Assyria have done to all chariots I am come up to the lands, by destroying them utter- height of the mountains, to the ly: and shalt thou be delivered? sides of Lebanon, and will cut Have the gods of the nations de- down the tall cedar trees thereof, livered them which my fathers and the choice fir trees thereof: have destroyed; as Gozan, and and I will enter into the lodgings Haran, and Rezeph, and the chil- of his borders, and into the forest dren of Eden which were in The- of his Carmel. I have digged and lasar? Where is the king of Ha- drunk strange waters, and with math, and the king of Arpad, and the sole of my feet have I dried up the king of the city of Sephar, all the rivers of besieged places. vaim, of Hena, and Ivah? And Hast thou not heard long ago how Hezekiah received the letter of I have done it, and of ancient the hand of the messengers, and times that I have formed it? now read it: and Hezekiah went up have I brought it to pass, that into the house of the LORD, and thou shouldest be to lay waste spread it before the LORD. And fenced cities into ruinous heaps. Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, Therefore their inhabitants were and said, O Lord God of Israel, of small power, they were dismaywhich dwellest between the cheru- ed and confounded; they were as bims, thou art the God, even thou the grass of the field, and as the alone, of all the kingdoms of the green herb, as the grass on the earth; thou hast made heaven house tops, and as corn blasted and earth. LORD, bow down thine before it be grown up. But I ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine know thy abode, and thy going eyes, and see: and hear the words out, and thy coming in, and thy of Sennacherib, which hath sent rage against me. Because thy hi to reproach the living God. rage against me and thy tumult Of a truth, LORD, the kings of is come up into mine ears, thereAssyria have destroyed the na- fore I will put my hook in thy tions and their lands, and have nose, and my bridle in thy lips, cast their gods into the fire: for and I will turn thee back by the they were no gods, but the work way by which thou camest. And of men's hands, wood and stone: this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye therefore they have destroyed shall eat this year such things as them. Now therefore, O LORD grow of themselves, and in the our God, I beseech thee, save thou second year that which springeth us out of his hand, that all the of the same; and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vine- mine own sake, and for my seryards, and eat the fruits thereof. vant David's sake. And it came And the remnant that is escaped to pass that night, that the angel of the house of Judah shall yet of the LORD went out, and smote again take root downward, and in the camp of the Assyrians an bear fruit upward. For out of Je- hundred fourscore and five thourusalem shall go forth a remnant, sand: and when they arose early and they that escape out of mount in the morning, behold, they were Zion: the zeal of the LORD of all dead corpses. So Sennacherib hosts shall do this. Therefore thus king of Assyria departed, and saith the LORD concerning the went and returned, and dwelt at king of Assyria, He shall not Nineveh. And it came to pass, come into this city, nor shoot an as he was worshipping in the arrow there, nor come before it house of Nisroch his god, that with shield, nor cast a bank a- Adrammelech and Sharezer his gainst it. By the way that he sons smote him with the sword: came, by the same shall he re- and they escaped into the land turn, and shall not come into this of Armenia. And Esarhaddon his city, saith the LORD. For I will son reigned in his stead. defend this city, to save it, for

EVENING. 2 Kings XXIII. And the king sent; and they places round about Jerusalem; gathered unto all

also that elders of Judah and of Jerusa- unto Baal, to the sun, and to the lem. And the king went up into moon, and to the planets, and to the house of the LORD, and all all the host of heaven. And he the men of Judah and all the in- brought out the grove from the habitants of Jerusalem with him, house of the LORD, without Jeand the priests, and the prophets, rusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and all the people, both small and burned it at the brook Kiand great: and he read in their dron, and stamped it small to pow. ears all the words of the book of der, and cast the powder thereof the covenant which was found in upon the graves of the children of the house of the LORD. And the the people. And he brake down king stood by a pillar, and made the houses of the sodomites, that a covenant before the LORD, to were by the house of the LORD, walk after the LORD, and to keep where the women wove hangings his commandments and his testi- for the grove. And he brought all monies and his statutes with all the priests out of the cities of Jutheir heart and all their soul, to dah, and defiled the high places perform the words of this cove- where the priests had burned innant that were written in this cense, from Geba to Beer-sheba, book. And all the people stood to and brake down the high places the covenant. And the king com- of the gates that were in the enmanded Hilkiah the high priest, tering in of the gate of Joshua and the priests of the second or- the governor of the city, which der, and the keepers of the door, were on a man's left hand at the to bring forth out of the temple gate of the city. Nevertheless the of the LORD all the vessels that priests of the high places came were made for Baal, and for the not up to the altar of the LORD grove, and for all the host of hea- in Jerusalem, but they did eat of ven: and he burned them with- the unleavened bread among their out Jerusalem in the fields of brethren. And he defiled Topheth, Kidron, and carried the ashes of which is in the valley of the chilthem unto Beth-el. And he put

dren of Hinnom, that no man down the idolatrous priests, whom might make his son or his daughthe kings of Judah had ordained ter to pass through the fire to to burn incense in the high places Molech. And he took away the in the cities of Judah, and in the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the en- made to provoke the LORD to tering in of the house of the LORD, anger, Josiah took away, and did by the chamber of Nathan-me- to them according to all the acts lech the chamberlain, which was that he had done in Beth-el. And in the suburbs, and burned the he slew all the priests of the high chariots of the sun with fire. And places that were there upon the the altars that were on the top of altars, and burned men's bones the upper chamber of Ahaz, which upon them, and returned to Jeruthe kings of Judah had made, and salem. And the king commanded the altars which Manasseh had all the people, saying, Keep the made in the two courts of the passover unto the LORD your God, house of the LORD, did the king as it is written in the book of this beat down, and brake them down covenant. Surely there was not from thence, and cast the dust of holden such a passover from the them into the brook Kidron. And days of the judges that judged the high places that were before Israel, nor in all the days of the Jerusalem, which were on the kings of Israel, nor of the kings right hand of the mount of cor- of Judah ; but in the eighteenth ruption, which Solomon the king year of king Josiah, wherein this of Israel had builded for Ashto- passover was holden to the LORD reth the abomination of the Zido- in Jerusalem. Moreover the worknians, and for Chemosh the abo- ers with familiar spirits, and the mination of the Moabites, and for wizards, and the images, and the Milcom the abomination of the idols, and all the abominations children of Ammon, did the king that were spied in the land of defile. And he brake in pieces Judah and in Jerusalem, did Jothe images, and cut down the siah put away, that he might pergroves, and filled their places with form the words of the law which the bones of men. Moreover the were written in the book that Ililaltar that was at Beth-el, and the kiah the priest found in the house high place which Jeroboam the of the LORD. And like unto him son of Nebat, who made Israel to was there king before him, sin, had made, both that altar and that turned to the LORD with all the high place he brake down, his heart, and with all his soul, and burned the high place, and and with all his might, accordstamped it small to powder, and ing to all the law of Moses; neiburned the grove. And as Josiah ther after him arose there any turned himself, he spied the se- like him. Notwithstanding the pulchres that were there in the LORD turned not from the fiercemount, and sent, and took the ness of his great wrath, wherewith bones out of the sepulchres, and his anger was kindled against Juburned them upon the altar, and dah, because of all the provocapolluted it, according to the word tions that Manasseh had provokof the LORD which the man of ed him withal. And the LORD God proclaimed, who proclaimed said, I will remove Judah also these words. Then he said, What out of my sight, as I have retitle is that that I see? And the moved Israel, and will cast off men of the city told him, It is this city Jerusalem which I have the sepulchre of the man of God, chosen, and the house of which which came from Judah, and said, My name shall be there. proclaimed these things that thou Now the rest of the acts of Johast done against the altar of siah, and all that he did, are they Beth-el. And he said, Let him a- not written in the book of the lone; let no man move his bones. chronicles of the kings of Judah ? So they let his bones alone, with In his days Pharaoh-nechoh king the bones of the prophet that of Egypt went up against the came out of Samaria. And all

king of Assyria to the river Euthe houses also of the high places phrates : and king Josiah went that were in the cities of Sama- against him; and he slew him at ria, which the kings of Israel had Megiddo, when he had seen him.

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