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Amaziak's good reign.

II. KINGS

He is slain by a conspiracy. 21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a he did, and his might, and how he fought with man, that behold, they spied a band of men; and Amaziah king orJudah,are they not written in the they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel ? and when the man was let down, and touched thel 16 And Jehoash slept with his fathers, and was bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel; and feet.

Jeroboam his son reigned in his stead. 92 1 But Hazael king of Syria oppressed Israel 17 11 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of all the days of Jehoahaz.

Judah lived after the death of Jehoash sou or 23 And the LORD was gracious unto them, and Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years. had compassion on them, and had respect unto 18 And the rest of the acts of Amaziah, are them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Ithey not written in the book of the Chronicles Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, of the kings of Judah? neither cast he them from his presence as yet. | 19 Now they made a conspiracy against him in

24 So Hazael king of Syria died; and Ben- Jerusalem: and he fled to Lachish; but they sent hadad his son reigned in his stead.

after him to Lachish, and slew him there. 25 And Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz took again 20 And they brought him on horses: and he out of the hand of Ben-hadad the son of Hazael was buried at Jerusalem with his fathers in the the cities, which he had taken out of the hand of city of David. Jehoahaz his father by war. Three times did 21 11 And all the people of Judah took Azariak, Joash beat him, and recovered the cities of Israel, which was sixteen years old, and made him king CHAP. XIV.

linstead of his father Amaziah. War between Israel and Judah.

| 22 He built Elath, and restored it to Judah, IN the second year of Joash son of Jehoahazlafter that the king slept with his fathers. I king of Israel reigned Amaziah the son of 23 | In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son Joash king of Judah.

of Joash king of Judah, Jeroboam the son of 2 He was twenty and five years old when he Joash king of Israel began to reign in Samaria, began to reign, and reigned twenty and nine and reigned forty and one years. years in Jerusalem. And his mother's namc 24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.

the LORD: he departed not from all the sins of Je3 And he did that which was right in the sight roboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin. of the LORD, yet not like David his father: he did 25 He restored the coast of Israel from the enaccording to all things as Joash his father did. tering of Hamath unto the sea of the plain, ac

4 Wow beit, the high places were not, taken cording to the word of the LORD God of Israel, away: as yet the people did sacrifice, and burnt which he spake by the hand of his servant Joincense on the high places.

nah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was 5 || And it came to pass, as soon as the king- of Gath-hepher. dom was confirmed in his hand, that he slew his 26 For the LORD saw the affliction of Israel, servants which had slain the king his father that it was very bitter: for there was not any

6 But the children of the murderers he slew not: shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel. according unto that which is written in the book 27 And the LORD said not that he would blot of the law of Moses, wherein the LORD com- out the name of Israel from under heaven: but manded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to he saved them by the hand of Jeroboan the son death for the children, nor the children be put to of Joash. death for the fathers; but every man sliall be 28 11 Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, and all put to death for his own sin.

that he did, and his might, how he warred, and 7 Hle slew of Edom in the valley of Salt ten how he recovered Damascus, and Hamath, which thousand, and took Selah by war, and called the belonged to Judah, for Israel, are they not written namc of it Joktheel unto this day.

in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel? 8 Then Amazial sent messengers to Jehoash, 29 And Jeroboam slept with his fathers, even the son of Jehoahaz, son of Jehu king of Israel, with the kings of Israel; and Zachariah his son saying, Come, let us look one another in the face. reigned in his stead. 9 And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Ama-l

CHAP. XV. ziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was Reigns of Azariah, Zacharian, wc. in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Leba- IN the twenty and seventh year of Jeroboam non, saying, Give thy daughter to my son 10 king of Israel began Azariah son of Amaziah wife: and there passed by a wild beast that was king of Judah to reign. in Lebanon, and trode down the thistle. | 2 Sixteen years old was he when he began to

10 Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thy reign, and he reigned two and fifty years in Jeheart hath lifted thee up: glory of this, and rusalem. And his mother's name was Jecholiah tarry at home: for why shouldest thou meddle of Jerusalem. to thy hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, 3 And he did that which was right in the sight and Judah with thee?

of the Lord, according to all that his father 11 But Amaziah would not hear. Therefore Amaziah had done: Jehoash king of Israel went up; and he and 4 Save that the high places were not removed: Amaziah king of Judah looked one another in the the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on face at Beth-shemesh, which belongeth to Judah. the high places.

12 And Judah was put to the worse before Is- 5 And the LORD smote the king, so that he was rael; and they fled every man to their tents. la leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a

13 And Jehoash king of Israel took Amaziah king several house. And Jotham the king's son was of Judah, the son of Jehoash the son of Ahaziah, over the house, judging the people of the land. at Beth-shemesh, and canne to Jerusalem, and 6 And the rest of the acts of Azariah, and all brake down the wall ef Jerusalem from the gate that he did, are they not written in the book of of Ephraim unto the corner-gate, four hundred the Chronicles of the kings of Judah? cubits.

1 7 So Azariah slept with his fathers; and they 14 And he took all the gold and silver, and all buried him with his fathers in the city of David: the vessels that were found in the house of the and Jotham his son reigned in his stead. LORD, and in the treasures of the king's house, 8 in the thirty and eight year of Azariah and hostages, and returned to Samaria.

Tking of Judah did Zachariah the son of Jero15 | Now the rest of the acts of Jchoash which 'boam reign over Israel in Samaria six months,

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CHAP. XVI.

Jotham's good reign. 9 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah. the LORD, as his fathers had done: he departed 31 And the rest of the acts of Pekah, and all not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he did, behold, they arc written in the book who made Israel to sin.

of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel. 10 And Sballum the son of Jabesh conspired 32 17 In the second year of Pekah the son of Reagainst him, and sinote him before the people, maliah king ot' Israel began Jotham the son of and slew him, and reigned in his stead.

Uzziah king of Judah to reign. 11 And the rest of the acts of Zachariah, be- 33 Five and twenty years old was he when he hold, they are written in the book of the Chro- began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in nicles of the kings of Israel.

Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jeru12 This was the word of the LORD which he sha, the daughter of Zadok. spake unto Jehu, saying, Thy sons shall sit on 34 And he did that which was right in the sight the throne of Israel unto the fourth generation. of the LORD: he did according to all that his l'aAnd so it came to pass.

13 | Shallum the son of Jabesh began to reign 35 1 Howbeit, the high places were not remov. in the nine and thirtieth year of Uzziah king of ed: the people sacrificed and burned incense Judah: and he reigned a full month in Samaria. still in the high places. He built the higher gute

14 For Menahem the son of Gadi went up from of the house of the LORD. Tirzah, and came to Samaria, and smote Shal- 36 91 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and luun the son of Jabesh in Samaria, and slew him, all that he did, are they not written in the book and reigned in his stead.

of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah? 15 And the rest of the acts of Shallum, and his 37 In those days the LORD began to send against conspiracy which he made, behold, they are Judah, Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the writien in the book of the Chronicles of the kings son of Remaliah. of Israel.

| 38 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and was 16 1 Then Menahem smote Tiphsah, and all buried with his fathers in the city of David his that were therein, and the coasts thereof from father: And Ahaz his son reigned in his stead. Tirzah: because they opened not to kim, therc

CHAP. XVI. fore he smote it; and all the women therein that

Ahaz joins with Tiglath-pileser. were with child he ripped up.

IN the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of 17 In the nine and thirtieth year of Azariah king 1 Remaliah, Ahaz the son of Jotham king of of Judah began Menahem the son of Gadito reign Judah began to reign. over Israel, and reigned ten years in Samaria. 2 Twenty years old nas Ahaz when he began

18 And he did that which was evil in the sight to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem of the LORD: he departed not all his days from and did not that which was rigl.t in the sight of the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made the LORD his God, like David his father. Israel to sin.

3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Is19 And Pul the king of Assyria came against the rael, yea, and made his son to pass through the land: and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents fire, according to the abominations of the heaof silver, that his hand might be with him to then, whom the LORD cast out from before the confirm the kingdom in his hand.

children of Israel. 20 And Menahem exacted the money of Israel, 4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high even of all the mighty men of wealth, of cach places, and on the hills, and under every green tree. man fifty shekels of silver, to give to the king of 5 | Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned back, Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to and stayed not there in the land.

war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not over21 | And the rest of the acts of Menahem, and come him. all that he did, are they not written in the book 6 At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel?

Elath to Syria, and drave the Jews from Elath : 22 And Menahem slept with his fathers; and and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt there Pekaliah his son reigned in his stead.

unto this day. 23 1 In the firtieth year of Azariah king of Ju- 7 So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath-pileser dalı, Pekahiah the son of Menahem began to reign king of Assyria, saying, I am thy servant and over Israel in Sainaria, and reigned two years. thy son: come up, and save me out of the hand

24 And he did that which was evil in the siglit or of the king of Syria, and out of the hand of thie the LORD: he departed not from the sins of Jero-king of Israel, which rise up against me. boam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin. 8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was

25 But Pekah the son of Remaliah, a captain of found in the house of the LORD, and in the treahis, conspired against him, and smote him in Sa- sures of the king's house, and sent it for a preinaria, in the palace of the king's house, with Ar- sent to the king of Assyria. gob and Arieh, and with him fifty men of the Gile- 9 And the king of Assyria hearkened unto him: adites: and be killed him, and reigned in his room. for the king of Assyria went up against Damas.

26 And the rest of the acts of Pekahiah, and all cus, and took it, and carried the people of it capthat he did, behold, they are written in the book tive to Kir, and slow Rezin. of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel.

| 10 11 Aud king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet 27 T In the two and fiftieth year of Azariah king Tiglath pileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar of Judah,Pekah the son of Remaliah began to reign that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz sent to Urtover Israel in Samaria, and reigned twenty years. jah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pat

28 And he did that which was evil in the sight of ternofit, according to all the workmanship thereof. the LORD: he departed not from the sins of Jero-i 11 And Urijah the priest built an altar accordboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin. ing to all that king Ahaz had sent from Damas.

29 In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tig-cus: so Urijah the priest made it against king
Jath-pileser king of Assyria, and took ljon, and Ahaz came from Damascus.
Abel-beth-maachah,and Janoah,and Kedesh, and 19 And when the king was come from Namas-
Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of cu3, the king saw the altar: and the king ap-
Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria. proached to the altar, and offered thereon.

30 And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspira- 13 And he burnt his burnt-offering and his mealcy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and smotel offering, and poured his drink-offering, and sprinhim, and slew him, and reigned in his stead in kled the blood of his peace-offerings upon thealtar.

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Chaz spoileth the temple.

II. KINGS.

Other nations brought in 14 And he brought also the brazen altar, which; cording to all the law which I commanded your was before the LORD, from the forefront of the fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants house, from between the altar and the house of the prophets. the LORD, and put it on the north side of the altar. 14 Notwithstanding, they would not hear, but

15 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fasaying, Upon the great altar burn the morning thers, that did not believe in the LORD their God. burnt-offering, and the evening meat-offering, and 15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covethe king's burnt-sacrifice, and his meat-offering,nant that he made with their fathers, and his with the burnt-offering of all the people of the testimonies which he testified against them; and land, and their meat-offering, and their drink-of-they followed vanity, and became vain, and went serings; and sprinkle upon it all the blood of the after the heathen that were round about them, burnt-offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice : concerning whom the LORD had charged thein, and the brazen altar shall be for me to inquire by. that they should not do like them.

16 Thus did Urijah the priest, according to all 16 And they left all the commandments of the that king Ahaz commanded.

LORD their God, and made them molten images, 17 # And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the even two calves, and made a grove, and worbases, and removed the laver from off them; and shipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. took down the sea from off the brazen oxen that 17 And they caused their sons and their daughwere under it, and put it upon a pavement of stones.ters to pass through the fire, and used divination

18 And the cuvert for the sabbath that they had and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil built in the house, and the king's entry without, in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. turned he from the house of the LORD for the 18 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Isking of Assyria.

rael, and removed them out of his sight: there 19 1 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which was none left but the tribe of Judah only. he did, are they not written in the book of the 19 Also Judah kept not the cominandments of Chronicles of the kings of Judah ?

the LORD their God, but walked in the statutes 20 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was of Israel which they made. buried with his fathers in the city of David: audl 20 Aud the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.

and afflicted them, and delivered them into the CHẮP. XVII.

hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his Israel carried into captivity.

sight. IN the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah be- 21 For he rent Israel from the house of David: Igan Hoshea the son of Elah, to reign in Sama- and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: ria over Israel nine years.

and Jeroboam drave Israel from following the 2 And he did that which was evil in the sight or Lord, and made them sin a great sin. the LORD, but not as the kings of Israel that 22 For the children of Israel walked in all the were before him.

Isins of Jeroboam which he did ; they departed 3 | Against him came up Shalmaneser king of not from theni; Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and 23 Until the LORD removed Israel out of his gave him presents.

sight, as he had said by all bis servants the pro4 And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in phets. So was Israel carried away out of their Hoshea : for he had sent messengers to so own land to Assyria unto this day. of Egypt, and brought no present to the king of 24 1 And the king of Assyria brought men from Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed in prison.

them in the cities of Samaria instead of the chil5 1 Then the king of Assyria came up through-dren of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and out all the land, and went up to Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof. besieged it three years.

25 And so it was at the beginning of their 6 11 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of As-, dwelling there, that they feared not the LORD : syria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into therefore the LORD sent lions among them, Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by which slew some of them. the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes. 26 Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria,

7 For so it was, that the children of Israel had saying, The nations which thou hast removed, sinned against the LORD their God, which had and placed in the cities of Samaria, know not brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from the manner of the God of the land: therefore he under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and hath sent lions among them, and behold, they had feared other gods,

slay them, because they know not the manner of 8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen the God of the land. whom the LORD cast out from before the chil- 27 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saydren of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which ing, Carry thither one of the priests whom ye they had made.

brought from thence; and let them go and dwell 9 And the children of Israel did secretly those there, and let him teach them the nianner of the things that were not right against the LORD their God of the land. God, and they built them high places in all their 28 Then one of the priests whom they had carried cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the away from Samaria came and dwelt in Beth-el, fenced city.

land taught them how they should fear the LORD. 10 And they set them up images and groves in 29 Howbeit, every nation made gods of their every high hill, and under every green tree: lown, and put them in the houses of the high

all the high places which the Samaritans had made, every places, as did the heathen whom the LORD car-Ination in their cities wherein they dwelt. ried away before them; and wrought wicked 30 And the men of Babylon made Succoth-bethings to provoke the LORD to anger:

noth, and the men of Cuth made Nergal, and 12 For they served idols, whereof the LORD had the men of Hamath made Ashima, said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. 31 And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak,

13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and and the Sepharvites burnt their children in fire against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and Sepharvaim. keep my commandments, and my statutes, ac- 32 So they feared the LORD, and made unto

Mixture of religion.

CHAP. XVIII.

Rad-shaker's blasphemy themselves of the lowest of them priests of the and all that Moses the servant of the LORD comhigh places, which sacrificed for them in the manded, and would not hear them, nor do them. houses of the high places.

131 Now in the fourteenth yearofking Hezekiah 33 They feared the LORD, and served their own did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against pods, after the manner of the nations whom they all the fenced cities of Judah, and took them. carried away from thence.

| 14 And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king 34 Unto this day they do after the former man- of Assyria to Lachish, saying, I bave offended; ners: they fear not the LORD, neither do they return from me: that which thou puttest on me after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or I will bear. And the king of Assyria appointed after the law and commandment which the LORD unto Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred ta. commanded the children of Jacob, whom he lents of silver and thirty talents of gold. named Israel ;

| 15 And Hezekiah gave him all the silver that 35 With whom the LORD had made a covenant, was found in the house of the LORD, and in the and charged them, saying, Ye shall not fear other treasures of the king's house. gods, nor bow yourselves to them, nor serve them, 16 At that time did Hezekiah cut off the gold nor sacrifice to them:

from the doors of the temple of the Lord, and 36 But the LORD, who brought you up out of the from the pillars which Hezekiah king of Judah land of Egypt with great power and a stretched. had overlaid, and gave it to the king of Assyria. out arm, him shall ye fear, and him shall ye 17 | And the king of Assyria sent Tartan and worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice. Rabsaris and Rab-shakeh from Lachish to king

37 And the statutes, and the ordinances, and Hezekiah with a great host against Jerusalem: the law, and the cominandment which he wrote and they went up, and came to Jerusalem : and for you, ye shall observe to do for evermore; and when they were come up, they came and stood ye shall not fear other gods.

by the conduit of the upper pool, which is in the 38 And the covenant that I have made with you highway of the fuller's field. yeshall not forget; neither shall ye fearother gods. 18 And when they had called to the king, there

39 But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he came out to them Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, shall deliver you out of the hand of all your which was over the household, and Shebna the enemies.

scribe, and Joab the son of Asaph the recorder. 40 Howbeit they did not hearken, y did 19 And Rab-shakeh said unto them, Speak ye after their former manner.

now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the 41 So these nations feared the LORD, and served king of Assyria, What confidence is this wheretheir graven images, both their children, and in thou trustest? their children's children: as did their fathers, so 20 Thou sayest, (but they are but vain words) do they unto this day.

I have counsel and strength for the war. Now on CUAP. XVIII.

whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against The good reign of Hezekiah.

me ! NOW it came to pass in the third year of Ho- 21 Now behold, thou trustest upon the staff of I shea son of Elah king of Israel, that leze- this bruised reed, even upon Egypt, on which if a kiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it ; so

2 Twenty and five years old was he when he isPharaoh king of Egypt unto all that trust on him. began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine 22 But if ye say unto me, We trust in the LORD years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also our God: is not that he whose high places and was Abi the daughter of Zachariah.

whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and 3 And he did that which was right in the sight hath said to Judah and Jerusalem, Ye shall worof the LORD, according to all that David his fa- ship before this altar in Jerusalem ? ther did.

23 Now therefore, I pray thee, give pledges to 41 He removed the high places, and brake the my lord the king of Assyria, and I will deliver images, and cut down the groves, and brake in thee two thousand horses, if thou be able on thy pieces the brazen serpent that Moses had made : part to set riders upon them. for unto those days the children of Israel did burn 24 How then wilt thou turn away the face of incense to it: and he called it Nehusbtan. one captain of the least of my master's servants,

5 He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that and put thy trust on Egypt for chariots and for after him was none like hiin among all the kings horsemen ? of Judah, nor any that were before him.

25 Am I now come up without the LORD 6 For he clave to the LORD, and departed not against this place to destroy it? The LORD said from following him, but kept his commandments, to me, Go up against this land, and destroy it. which the LORD commanded Moses.

26 Then said Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and 7 And the LORD was with him: and he pros-Shebna, and Joah, unto Rab-shakeh, Speak, I pered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebel- pray thee, to thy servants in the Syrian lanled against the king of Assyria, and served him not. guage; for we understand it : and talk not with 8 Hle smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and us in the Jews' language in the ears of the peothe borders thereof, from the tower of the watch-ple that are on the wall. men to the fenced city.

27 But Rab-shakeh said unto them, Hath my 911 And it came to pass in the fourth year or master sent me to thy master, and to thee, to king Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of speak these words ? hath he not sent me to the men Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Shalma- which sit on the wall, that they may cat their neser king of Assyria came up against Samaria, own dung, and drink their own piss with you ? and besieged it.

28 Then Rab-shakeh stood and cried with a loud 10 And at the end of three years they took it : voice in the Jews' language, and spake, saying, even in the sixth year of Hezekiah, (that is, the Hear the word of the great king, thekingofAssyria: ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel,) Samaria 29 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah de: was taken.

ceive you : for he shall not be able to deliver you 11 And the king of Assyria did carry away Is- out of his hand : rael unto Assyria, and put them in Halah and in 30 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver us, the Medes.

land this city shall not be delivered in:o the hand 12 Because they obeyed not the voice of the of the king of Assyria. LORD their God, but transgressed his covenant.' 31 Hearken not unto Hezekiah: for thus salib

whichollowing him, but KORD, and departed noe 25 Am in

on away to a land spread it before the LORD before the LORD

Sennacherib's letter to Hezekiah.

II. KINGS.

Isaiah's prophecy the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with! 18 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king me by a present, and come out to me, and then lof Arpad, and the king of the city of Sephareat ye every man of his own vine, and every one vaim, of llena, and Ivah ? of his fiy-tree, and drink ye every one the waters) 14 st And Hezekiah received the letter of the of his cistern:

hand of the messengers, and read it: and Heze32 Until I come and take you away to a land kiah went up into the house of the LORD, and like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a spread it before the LORD. land of bread and vineyards, a land of oil olive 15 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD and and of honey, that ve may live, and not die: and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest behearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadetl 120een the cherubime, thou art the God, cven thou you, saying, The LORD will deliver us.

alone, of all the kingdoms of the earththou 33 Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered hast made heaven and earth. at all his land out of the hand of the king of 16 LORD, bow down the ear, and hear: Open Assyria ?

LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words 34 Where are the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad ? of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and the living God. Ivah ? have they delivered Samaria out of my 17 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have hand ?

destroyed the nations and their lands, 35 Who are they among all the gods of the 18 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they countries that have delivered their country out were no gods, but tire work of men's hands, wood of my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jeru- and stone: therefore they have destroyed them. salem out of my hand ?

| 19 Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech 36 But the people held their peace, and answer thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the ed him not a word : for the king's command-kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art inent was, saying, Answer him not.

the LORD God, even thou only. 37 Then came Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, 20 * Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to lewhich was over the household, and Shebna the zekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Isscribe, and Joal the son of Asaph the recorder, rael, That which thou hast prayed to me against to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard. the words of Rab-shakeh.

21 This is the word that the LORD hath spoken CHAP. XIX.

concerning him ; The virgin the daughter of ZiIsaiah comforteth Hezekiah.

on hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn: AND it came to pass, when king Hezekiah the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head A heard it, that he rent his clothes, and co-at thee. vered himself with sackcloth, and went into the 22 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? house of the LORD.

and against whom bast thou exalted thy voice, 2 And he sent Eliakim, which was over the and lifted up thine eyes on high ? even against household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders the Holy One of Israel. of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah 23 By thy messengers thou hast reproached the the prophet the son of Amoz.

LORD, and hast said, With the niultitude of niy 3 And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, chariots I am come up to the height of the mounThis day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and tains, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut down blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, the call cedar-trees thereof, and the choice firand there is not strength to bring forth.

trecs thereof: and I will enter into the lodgings 4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear all the of his borders, and into the forest of his Carmel, words of Rab-shakeh, whom the king of Assy- 24 I have digged and drunk strange waters, and ria his master hath sent to reproach the living with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the God; and will reprove the words which the LORD rivers of besieged places. thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy pray-| 25 Hast thou not heard long ago how I have done er for the remnant that are left.

it, and of ancient times that I have formed it ? 5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest Isaiah.

be to lay waste fenced cities into ruinous heaps. 61 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye 26 Therefore their inhabitants were of small say to your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not power, they were displayed and confounded; afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with ihey were as the grass of the field, and as the which the servants of the king of Assyria have green herb, as the grass on the house-tops, and blasphemed me.

as corn blasted before it be grown up. 7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and hel 27 But I know thy ahode, and thy going out, and shall hear a rumour, and shall return to his own thy coming in, and thy rage against me. land; and I will cause him to fall by the swords 28 Because thy rage against me and thy tumult in his own land.

Jis come up into mine ears, therefore I will put my 8 || So Rab-shakeh returned, and found the king book in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had I will turn thee back by the way by which thou heard that he was departed from Lachish. camest.

9 And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of 29 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Yc shall Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out to fight against eat this year such things as grow of themselves, thee · he sent messengers again unto Hezekiah, and in the second year that which springeth of saying,

the same; and in the third year sow ye, and reap, 10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of and plant vineyards, and eat the fruits thereot. Judah, saying, Let not thy God in whom thou 30 And the remnant that is escaped of the house trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not of Judah shall yet again take root downward, be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria. and bear fruit upward.

11 Behold, thou hast heard wbat the kings or 31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remAssyria have done to all lands, by destroying nant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: them utterly : and shalt thou be delivered ? the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall du this.

12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them 32 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning which my fathers have destroyed; as Gozan, the king of Assyria, lle shall not come into this and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before Eden which were in Thelasar ?

'it with shield, nor cast a Witnik pallatit.

Hlasphere is not streko thy Godhe king of Asing with the besieged placesiong agon

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