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938 Rab-shukchi's blasphemy. II. KINGS:

Hleäckiih nownedi. and I will deliver thee two thousand 37 Then came Eliakim the son of Hil. horses, if thou be able on thy part to set kiah, which was over the household, and riders upon them.

Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of 24 How then wilt thou turn away the | Asaph the recorder, to Hezekiah with face of one captain of the least of my their clothes rent, and told him the master's servants, and put thy trust on words of Rab-shaken. ligypt for chariots and for horsemen?

CHAP. XIX. 25 Am I now come up without the 1 Hezekiah mourning, sendeth to Isaiahto Lord against this place to destroy it? pray for them. 6 He comforteth them. The Lord said to me, Go up against 8 Sennacherib sendeth a blasphemous this land, and destroy it.

letter to Hezekiah. 14 Hezekian's pray26 Then said Eliakim the son of Hil- er. 35 An angel slayeth the Assyrians. kialı, and Shebna and Joah, unto Rab- 36 Sennacherib is slain by his sons. shakeh, Speak, I pray thee, to thy ser

A vants in the Syrian language ; for we Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his understand it ; and talk not with us in clothes, and covered himself with sackthe Jews language in the ears of the cloth, and went into the house of the people that are on the wall.

Lord. 27 But Rab-shakeh said unto them, Hath 2 And he sent Eliakim, which was my master sent me to thy master, and to over the household, and Shebna the scribe, thee, to speak these words ? haih he not and the elders of the priests, covered sent me to the men which sit on the wall, || with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the that they may eat their own dung, and son of Amoz. drink their own piss with you?

3 And ther said unto him, Thus saith 28 Then Rab-shakeh stood and cried Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, with a loud voice in the Jews language, and of rebuke, and blasphemy : for the and spake, saying, Hear the word of the children are come to the birth, and there great king, the king of Assyria :

is not strength to bring forth. 29 Thus saith the king, Let not Heze- 4 It may be the LORD thy God will kiah deceive you : for he shall not be hear all the words of Rab-shakeh, whom able to deliver you out of his hand : the king of Assyria his master hath sent

30 Neither let Hezekiah make you to reproach the living, God; and will trust in the Lord, saying, The LORD reprove the words which the LORD thy will surely deliver us, and this city shall || God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy not be delivered into the hand of the king prayer for the remnant that are left.

, of Assyria.

5 So the servants of king Hezekiah 31 Hcarken not unto Hezekiah : for came to Isaiah. thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an 61 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus agreement with me by a present, and shall ye say to your master, Thus saith come out to me, and then eat ye every the LORD, Be not afraid of the words man of his own vine, and every one of which thou hast heard), with which the his fig-tree, and drink ye every one the servants of the king of Assyria have blaswaters of his cistern:

phemed me. S2 Until I come and take you away to a 7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, land like your own land, a land of corn and and he shall hear a rumour, and shall rewine, a land of bread and vineyards, a turn to his own land ; and I will cause land of oil-olive and of honey, that ye him to fall by the sword in his own land. may live, and not die: and hearken not 8 | So Rab-shakeh returned, and found unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, the king of Assyria warring against Libsaying, The LORD will deliver us. nah: for le had heard that he was de

33 Hath any of the gods of the na- parterl from Lachish. Lions delivered at all his land out of the 9 And when he heard say of Tirhakah hand of the king of Assyria?

king of Ethiopia, Beliold, he is come out S4 Where are the gods of Hamath, to fight against thee: he sent messengers and of Arpad? where are the gods of Se- again unto Hezekiah, saving, pharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they 10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah delivered Sainaria out of mine hand? king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God

35 Who are they among all the gods in whom thou trtistest deceive thee, sayof the countries, that have delivered their ing, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into country ont of mine hand, that the the hand of the king of Assyria. LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of 11 Benold, thou hast heard what the mive hand ?

kings of Assyria have done to all lands, 36 But the people held their peace, by destroying them utterly : and shalt and answered him not a word: for the thou be delivered? king's commandment was, saying, An- 12 Have the gods of the nations des ster him not.

livered them which my fatisers have dellezekiah's prayer.


His prayer is answered. 339 stroyed; as Gozan and Haran, and Re || small power, they were dismayed and conzeph, and the children of Eden which founded ; they were as the grass of the were in Thelasar ?

field, and as the green herb, as the grass 13 Where is the king of Hamath, and on the house-tops, and as corn blasted bethe king of Arpad, and the king of the fore it be grown up. city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah ? 27 But I know thy abcre, and thy go

14 ? And Hezekiah received the let-ing out, and thy coming in, and thy rage ter of the hand of the messengers, and against me. read it: and Hezekiah went up into the 28 Because thy rage against me and house of the LORD, and spread it before || thy tumult is come up into mine ears, the Lord.

therefore I will put my hook in thy 15 And Hezekiah prayed before the nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I LORD, and said, O Lord God of Israel, will turn thee back by the way by which which dwellest between the cherubiins, thou camest. thou art the God, even thou alone, of 29 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye all the kingdoms of the earth ; thou hast shall eat this year such things as grow of made heaven and earth.

themselves, and in the second year that 16 Lord, bow down thine ear, and which springeth of the same; and in the hear : open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: third year sow ye, and reap, and plant and hear the words of Sennacherib, which vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof. hath sent him to reproach the living God. 30 And the remnant that is escaped of

17 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of As- the house of Judah shall yet again take syria have destroyed the nations and their root downward, and bear fruit upward. lands,

31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth 18 And have cast their gods into the a remnant, and they that escape out of fire ; for they were no gods, but the mount Zion : the zeal of the LORD of work of men's hands, wood and stone : hosts shall do this. therefore they have destroyed them.

32 Therefore thus saith the Lord con19 Now therefore, () Lord our God, cerning the king of Assyria, He shall not I beseech thee, save thou us out of his come into this city, nor shoot an arrow hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth | there, nor come before it with shield, nof may know that thou art the LORD Gol, || cast a bank against it. even thou only.

33 By the way that he came, by the 20 {Then Ísaiah the son of Amoz sent same shall he return, and shall not come to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD into this city, saith the LORD. God of Israel, That which thou hast pray- 34 For I will defend this city, to save ed to me against Sennacherib king of As-it, for mine own sake, and for my servant syria I have heard.

David's sake. 21 This is the word that the Lord hath 35 | And it came to pass that night, spoken concerning him ; The virgin the that the angel of the LORD went out, daughter of Zion lath despised thee, and and smote in the camp of the Assyrians laughed thee to scorn ; the daughter of an hundred fourscore and five thousand : Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee. and when they arose early in the morn

22 Whom hast thou reproached and ling, behold, they were all dead corpses. blasphemed? and against whom hast thou 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria deexalted thy voice, and lifted up thine parted, and went and returned, and dwelt eyes on high: even against the Holy One || at Nineveh. of Israel.

37 And it came to pass, as he was wor23 By thy messengers thou hast re- shipping in the house of Nisroch his god, proached the LORD, and hast said, With that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons the multitude of my chariots I am come smote him with the sword : and they up to the height of the mountains, to escaped into the land of Armenia. And the sides of Lebanon, and will cut down Esar-haddon his son reigned in his stead, the tall cedar-trees thereof, and the

CHAP. XX. choice fir-trees thereof: and I will enter i Hezekiah receiving a message of death, into the lodgings of his borders, and into by prayer hath his life lengthened. 8 the forest of his Carmel.

The sun goeth ten degrees backward 24 I have digged and drunk strange wa- for a sign, 20 Manassch succeedeth ters, and with the sole of my feet have I Hezekiah. dried up all the rivers of besieged places

. I eatince and the prophet Isaiah the son 25 Hast thou not heard long ago how I have done it, and of ancient times that of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, I have formed it ? now hare I brought Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay | order; for thou shalt die, and not live. waste fenced cities into ruinous heaps. 2 Then he turned his face to the wall,

26 Therefore their inhabitants were of ! and prayed unto the Lorn, saving,

340 Hezekial's recovery.

II. KINGS. Manassel's wicked rcign. 3 I bescech thee, O LORD, remember is in thine house, and that which thy fanow how I have walked before thee in thers have laid up in store unto this day, truth and with a perfect heart, and have shall be carried into Babylon : nothing done that which is good in thy sight. shall be left, saith the LORD. And Hezekiah wept sore.

18 And of thy sons that shall issue from 4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was thee, which thou shalt beget, sliall they gone out into the middle court, that the take away ; and they shall be eunuchs in word of the Lord came to him, saying, the palace of the king of Babylon.

5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the 19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, captain of my people, Thus saith the || Good is the word of the LORD which Lord, the God of David thy father, I thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy || good, if peace and truth be in my days? tears : behold, I will leal thee : on the 20 And the rest of the acts of Hezthird day thou shalt go up unto the house ekiah, and all his might, and how he of the Lord.

made a pool, and a conduit, and brought 6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen || water into the city, are they not written years; and I will deliver thee and this in the book of the chronicles of the kings city out of the hand of the king of Assyr- of Judah? ia; and I will defend this city for mine 21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers : own sake, and for my servant David's sake. and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead. 7 And Isaiah said, Take a lump of

CHAP. XXI. figs. And they took and laid it on the 1 Manasseh's reign. 3 His great idolabile, and he recovered.

try. 19 Amon's wicked reign. 23 He 8 | And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, bring slain, Josiah is made king. What shall be the sign that the LORD will


ANASSEH vas twelve years old heal me, and that I shall go up into the when he began to reign, and reignhouse of the LORD the third day? ed fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And

9. And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou | his mother's name was Hephzi-bah. have of the Lord, that the LORD will 2 And he did that which was evil in the do the thing that he hath spoken : shall sight of the LORD, after the abominations the shadow go forward ten degrees, or of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out go back ten degrees ?

before the children of Israel. 10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a 3 For he built up again the high places light thing for the shadow to go down which Hezekiah his father had destroyten degrees : nay, but let the shadow re- ed ; and he reared up altars for Baal, turn backward ten degrees.

and made a grove, as did Ahab king of 11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto Israel ; and worshipped all the host of the LORD : and he brought the shadow | heaven, and served them. ten degrees backward, by which it had 4 And he built altars in the house of gone down in the dial of Ahaz.

the LORD, of which the LORD said, In 12 T Atthat time Berodach-baladan, the Jerusalem will I put my name. son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent let- 5 And he built altars for all the host of ters and a present unto Hezekiah : for he heaven in the two courts of the house of had heard that Hezekiah had been sick. the LORD.

13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, 6 And he made his son pass through and shewed them all the house of his prec- the fire, and observed times, and used enious things, the silver, and the gold, and chantments, and dealt with familiar spirthe spices, and the precious ointment, and its and wizards : he wrought much wickall the house of his armour, and all that edness in the sight of the Lord, to prowas found in his treasures : there was voke him to anger. nothing in his house, nor in all his domin- 7 And he set a graven image of the ion, that Hezekiah shewed them not. grove that he had made in the house, of

14 q Then came Isaiah the prophet un- which the LORD said to David, and to to king Hezekiah, and said unto him, Solomon his son, In this house, and in What said these men? and from whence Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of came they unto thee? And Hezekiah all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name said, They are come from a far country for ever: even from Babylon.

8 Neither will I make the feet of Israel 15 And he said, What have they seen move any more out of the land which I in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, gave their fathers; only if they will obAll the things that are in mine house have || serve to do according to all that I have they seen : there is nothing among my commanded them, and according to all treasures that I have not shewed them. the law that my servant Moses command

16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, ed them. Hear the word of the LORD.

9 But they hearkened not : and Ma17 Behold, the days come, that all that Il nasseh seduced them to do more evil than


Manasseh's death.


Josiah's good reign. 341 did the nations whom the LORD destroy- || the book of the chronicles of the kings of ed before the children of Israel.

Judah ? 10 | And the Lord spake by his ser- 26 And he was buried in his sepulchre vants the prophets, saying,

in the garden of Uzza : and Josiah his 11 Because Manasseh king of Judah son reigned in his stead. hath done these abominations, and hath

CHAP. XXII. done wickedly above all that the Amorites | 1 Josiah's good reign. 3 He taketh care for dich, which were before him, and hath the repair of the temple. 8 Hilkiah findmade Judah also to sin with his idols : eththe book of the law. 15 Huldah proph

12 Therefore thus saith the LORD God esieth the destruction of Jerusalem. of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil Jose

OSIAH was eight years old when he

began to reign, and he reigned thirty er heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle. and one years in Jerusalem. And his

13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem | mother's name was Jedidah the daughter the line of Samaria, and the plummet of of Adaiah of Boscath. the house of Ahab : and I will wipe Je- 2 And he did that which was riglit in rusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping the sight of the Lord, and walked in all it, and turning it upside down.

the way of David his father, and turned 14 And I will forsake the remnant of not aside to the right hand or to the left.

into the hand of their enemies; and they shall | teenth year of king Josiah, that the king become a prey and a spoil to all their sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the enemies;

son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the house 15 Because they have done that which of the Lord, saying, was evil in my sight, and have provoked 4 Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, me to anger, since the day their fathers that he may sum the silver which is came forth out of Egypt, even unto this brought into the house of the LORD, day.

which the keepers of the door have gath16 Moreover, Manasseh shed innocentered of the people : blood very much, till he had filled Jeru- 5 And let them deliver it into the hand salem from one end to another; besides of the coers of the work, that have the his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, oversight of the house of the Lord; and in doing that which was evil in the sight let them give it to the doers of the work, of the LORD.

which is in the house of the LORD, to 17 Now the rest of the acts of Manas- repair the breaches of the house, seh, and all that he did, and his sin that he 6 Unto carpenters, and builders, and sinned, are they not written in the book of masons, and to buy timber, and hewn the chronicles of the kings of Judah ? stone to repair the house.

18 And Manasseh slept with his fathers, 7 Howbeit, there was no reckoning and was buried in the garden of his own

made with them of the money that was house, in the garden of Uzza: and Amon delivered into their hand, because they his son reigned in his stead.

dealt faithfully. 19 | Amon was twenty and two years 8 | And Hilkiah the high priest said old when he began to reign, and he reign- unto "Shaphan the scribe, I have found ed two years in Jerusalem. And his moth- | the book of the law in the house of the er's name was Meshullemeth, the daugh- | Lord. And Hilkiah gave the book to ter of Haruz of Jotbah.

Shaphan, and he read it. 20 And he did that which was evil in 9° And Shaphan the scribe came to the the sight of the LORD, as his father Ma- king, and brought the king word again, nasseh did.

and said, Thy servants have gathered the 21 And he walked in all the way that money that was found in the house, and his father walked in, and served the have delivered it into the hand of them idols that his father served, and worship that do the work, that have the oversight ped them :

of the house of the LORD. 22 And he forsook the Lord God of 10 And Shaphan the scrive shewed his fathers, and walked not in the way of the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath

delivered me a book. And Shaphan read 23 f And the servants of Amon con- it before the king. spiled against him, and slew the king i 11 And it came to pass, when the king his own house.

liad heard the words of the book of the 24 And the people of the land slew all law, that he rent his clothes. them that had conspired against king A- 12 And the king commanded IIilkiah mon; and the people of the land made the priest, and Alikam the son of ShaJosiah his son king in his stead.

phan, and Achbor the son of Michaiali, 25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaliah a which he did, are they not written in servant of the king's, saying,

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542 Jerusalern's destruction foretold. II. KINGS. Josiah destroyeth idolatry.

13 Go ye, inquire of the Lord for me, || commandments, and his testimonies, and and for the people, and for all Judah, his statutes, with all their heart and all concerning the words of this book that is their soul, to perform the words of this Found : for great is the wrath of the LORD covenant that were written in this book. that is kindled against us, because our fa- || And all the people stood to the covenant. thers have not hearkened unto the words 4 And the king commanded Hilkiai of this book, to do according unto all that the high priest, and the priests of the which is written concerning us.

second order, and the keepers of the 14 So Hilkiah the pricst, and Ahikam, door, to bring forth out of the temple and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, of the LORD all the vessels that were went unto Huldah the prophetess, the i made for Baal, and for the grove, and wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the for all the host of heaven : and he burnson of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe ; || ed them without Jerusalem in the fields (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the col- of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them lege ;) and they communed with her. unto Beth-el.

15 | And she said unto them, Thus 5 And he put down the idolatrous saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell the priests, whom the kings of Judah had man that sent you to me,

ordained to burn incense in the high 16 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I places in the cities of Judah, and in the will bring evil upon this place, and upon places round about Jerusalem; them also the inhabitants thereof, even all the words that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, of the book which the king of Judah and to the moon, and to the planets, and hath read:

to all the host of heaven. 17 Because thcy have forsaken me, 6 And he brought out the grove from and have burned incense unto other gods, the house of the LORD, without Jerusathat they might provoke me to anger | lem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned with all the works of their hands; there- it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it fore my wrath shall be kindled against small to powder, and cast the powder this place, and shall not be quenched. thereof upon the graves of the children

18 But to the king of Judah which of the people. sent you to inquire of the LORD, thus 7 And he brake down the houses of shall ye say to him, Thus saith the LORD the sodomites that were by the house of God of Israel, As touching the words the LORD, where the women wove hangwhich thou hast heard ;

ings for the grove. 19 Because thine heart was tender, 8 And he brought all the priests out and thou hast humbled thyself before thé of the cities of Judah, and defiled the Lord), when thou heardest what I spake high places where the priests had burnt against this place, and against the inhab- incense, from Geba to Beer-sheba, and itants thereof, that they should become brake down the high places of the gates a desolation and a curse, and hast rent that were in the entering in of the gate thy clothes, and wept before me; I also of Joshua the governor of the city, which have heard thee, saith the LORD. were on a man's left hand at the gate of

20 Behold therefore, I will gather thee | the city. unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gath- 9 Nevertheless, the priests of the high ered into thy grave in peace; and thine places came not up to the altar of the eyes shall not see all the evil which I will || LORD in Jerusalem, but they did eat bring upon this place. And they brought of the unleavened bread among their the king word again.

brethren. CHAP. XXIII.

10 And he diefiled Topheth, which is 1 Josiah causeth the book of the law to be in the valley of the children of Hinnom,

read. 3 He reneweth the covenant of that no man might make his son or his the Lord, 4 and destroyeth idolatry. daughter to pass through the fire to Mo A lech

unto him all the elders of Judah 11 And he took away the horses that and of Jerusalem.

the kings of Judah had given to the sun, 2 And the king went up into the house at the entering in of the house of the of the LORD, and all the men of Judah | LORD, by the chamber of Nathan-meand all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with lech the chamberlain, which quas in the him, and the priests, and the prophets, suburbs, and burned the chariots of the and all the people, both small and great:

sun with fire. and he read in their ears all the words of 12 And the altars that were on the the book of the covenant which was found | top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which in the house of the LORD.

the kings of Judlah had made, and the 3 s And the king stood by a pillar, and altars which Manasseh had made in the made a covenant before the Lord, to two courts of the house of the LORD, did walk after the LORD, and to keep his " the king beat down,' and brake them

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