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and I will deliver thee two thousand horses, if thou be able on thy part to set riders upon them. 24 How then wilt thou turn away the face of one captain of the least of my master's servants, and put thy trust on ligypt for charicts and for horsemen? 25 Am I now come up without the LoRD against this place to destroy it 2 The Lok D said to me, Go up against this land, and destroy it. C6 Then said Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna and Joah, unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, to thy servants in the Syrian language ; for we understand it : and talk not with us in the Jews language in the ears of the jeople that are on the wall. 27 Butlödb-shakeh said unto them, Hath my master sent me to thy master, and to thee, to speak these words 2 hath he not sent me to the men which sit on the wall, that they may eat, their own dung, and drink their own piss with you ? 28 Then Rab-shakeh stood and cried with a loud voice in the Jews language, and spake, saying, Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria : 29 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you : for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand : 30 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lof D, saying, The Lord will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of §e king of Assyria. 31 Hearken not unto Hezekiah : for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me, and then eat ye every man of his own vine, and every one of his fig-tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his cistern : 32 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and Wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of oil-olive and of honey, that ye may live, and not die: and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The Lord will deliver us. 33 Hath any of the of the nations delivered at all his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria 2 34 Where are the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad 2 where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and lyah; have they delivered Samaria out of mine hand 2 35 Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of mine hand, that the LoRD should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand 2 36 But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

II, KINGS:

11e-cKiii. 1; ournet/. 37. Then came Fliakim the son of Hilkiah, which ovas over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rab-shakeh. CHAP. XIX. 1 Hezekiah mourning, scndeth to Isaiah to foray for them. 6 He comfort, th them. 8 Sennacheriff semdeth a solas/hemous detter to Hezekiah. 14 Hezekiah’s forayer. 35 An angel slayeth the .4ssyrians. 36 Sennacherib is slain by his sons. ND it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lor D. 2 And he sent Eliakim, which ras over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz. . 3 And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth, 4. It may be the Lond thy God will hear all the words of Rab-shakeh, whom the king of Assyria, his mastcr hath sent to reproach the living God; and will reprove the words which the LoRD thy God hath heard : wherefore lift o thy prayer for the remnant that are left. 5. So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah. 6 || And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the LoRD, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. 7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a ruinour, and shall return to his own land ; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land. 8 * So Rab-shakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah : for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish. 9 And when he heard say of Tirhakali king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out to fight against thee: he sent messengers again unto Hezekiah, saying, 10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria. 11 13t-hold, thou i. heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly : and shalt thou be delivered 2 12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have de

Hezekiah's firayer. o: as Gozan and Haran, and ReZeph, and the children of Eden which were in Thelasar 2 13 Where is the * of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah 2 14 " And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the Lok D, and spread it before the LORD. 15 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LóRD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. 16 LoRD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LoRD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God. 17 Of a truth, Lord, the kings of As* have destroyed the nations and their ands, 18 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they wer; no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone : therefore they have destroyed them. 19 Now therefore, O Lord our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord God, even thou onlv. 20 "Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of AsSyria I have heard. 21 This is the word that the Lord hath concerning him; The virgin the daughter of Zion i. despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee. 22 Whom hast thou reproached and * and against whom hast thou ed this voice, and lifted up thine eyes on # : even against the Holy One cf Israel. 23 By thy messengers thou hast reproached the LoRD, and hast said, With the multitude of my chariots I am come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lébanon, and will cut down the tall cedar-trees thereof, and the shoice fir-trees thereof: and I will enter oto the lodgings of his borders, and into the forest of his Carmel. 24 shave digged and drunk strange wators, and with the sole of my feet have I *"up all the rivers of besieged places. 35 Hast thou not heard long ago how !have done it, and of ancient times that ! have formed it now have I brought ** pass, that thou shouldest be to say *śnced cities into ruinous heaps. 25 Therefore their inhabionts were of

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His firmyer is answered. 339

small power, they were dismayed and con-
founded ; they were as the grass of the
field, and as the green herb, as the grass
on the house-tops, and as corn blasted be-
fore it be grown up.
27 But I know thy abode, and thy go-
ing out, and thy coming in, and thy rage
against me,
28 Because thy rage against me and
thy tumult is come up into mine ears,
therefore I will put my hook in thy
nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I
will turn thee back by the way by which
thou cameSt.
29 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye
shall eat this year such things as grow of
themselves, and in the scoond year that
which springcth of the same; and in the
third year sow ye, and reap, and plant
vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof.
30 And the remnant that is escaped of
the house of Judah shall yet again take
root downward, and bear fruit upward.
31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth
a remnant, and they that escape out of
mount Zion : the zeal of the LoRD of
hosts shall do this.
32 Therefore thus saith the Lord con-
cerning the king of Assyria, He shall not
come into this city, nor shoot an arrow
thcre, nor come before it with shield, not
cast a bank against it.
33 By the way that he came, by the
same shall he return, and shall not come
into this city, saith the Lord.
34 For I will defend this city, to save
it, for mine own sake, and for my servant.
David's sake.
35 || And it came to pass that night,
that the angel of the Lord went out,
and smote in the camp of the Assyrians
an hundred fourscore and five thousand :
and when they arose early in the mora-
ing, behold, they were all dead corpses.
36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria de-
parted, and went and returned, and dwelt
at Nineveh.
37 And it came to pass, as he was wor-
shipping in the house of Nisroch his god,
that o and Sharezer his sons
smote him with the sword : and they
escaped into the land of Armenia. And
Esar-haddon his son reigned in his stead.
CHAP. XX.
1 Hezekiah receiving a message of death,
by frayer hath his life lengthened. 8
The sun goeth ten degrees back-vard
for a sign. 20 Manasseh succeedeth
Hezekiah.
N those days was Hezekiah sick unto
death. And the prophet Isaiah the son
of Amoz came to him, and said unto him,
Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in
order; for thou shalt die, and not live.
2 Then he turned his face to the wall,

and prayed unto the Loop, saving,

340 Hezekiah's recovery.

3 I beseech thee, O Lorp, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sorc. 4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lok D came to him, saying, 5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LóRD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lon D. 6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake. 7 And Isaiah said, Take, a lump of . And they took and laid it on the bile, and he recovered. 8 || And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the LoRD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the Lok D the third day 2 9 And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he hath spoken : shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees? 10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees. 11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the Lord : and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz, 12 || At that time Berodach-baladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah : for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick, 13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precjous things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures : there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not. 14 * Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee. ? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country tren from Babylon. 15 And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in minehouse have they seem : there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them. 16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord. 17 Behold, the days come, that all that

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is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord. 18 And of thy sons that shall issue from. thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away ; and they shall be eunuchsin the palace of the king of Babylon. 19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the Lord which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days? 20 i And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead. CHAP. XXI, 1 Manasseh's reign. 3 His great idolatry. 19 Amon's quicked reign. 23 He 6-ing slain, Josiah is made 'king. M\o: rvas twelve years old when he began to reign, and reign: ed fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hephzi-bah. 2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LoRD cast out before the children of Israel. 3 For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them. 4 And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord said, In Jerusalem will I put my name. 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lon D. 6 And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger. 7 And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of which the Lord said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in

Jerusalem, which I have chosen out

all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever: 8 Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them. 9 But they hearkened not : and Mamasseh seduced them to do more evil than

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Manasseh’s death. CHAP.

did the nations whom the Lok D destroyed before the children of Israel. 10 " And the Lord spake by his serwants the prophets, saying, 11 Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols : 12 Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Behold, I am o: such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle. 13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab : and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down. 14 And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to their enemies; 15 Because they have done that which was evil in my sight, and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers * forth out of Egypt, even unto this AV. 16 Moreover, Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jeru

salem from one end to another; besides oversight of the house of the Lord : and

his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin,

in doing that which was evil in the sight

of the LoRD. 17 Now the rest of the acts of Manas

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the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah 2 26 And he was buried in his sepulchre in the garden of Uzza : and Josiah his son reigned in his stead. CHAP. XXII. 1 Josiah's good reign. 3 He taketh care for the refair of the temple. 8 Hilkiah findeth the book of the law. 15 Huldah/rofthesieth the destruction of Jerusalem. Joo. was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath. 2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left. 3 || And it came to pass in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, that the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the

son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the house of the Lor D, saying,

4 Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may sum the silver which is

brought into the house of the Lord,

which the keepers of the door have gath

ered of the people: 5 And let them deliver it into the hand

of the doers of the work, that have the

let them give it to the doers of the work, which is in the house of the Lord, to repair the breaches of the house,

seh, and all that he did, and his sin that he sinned, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah 2 18 And Manasseh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own house, in the garden of Uzza: and Amon his son reigned in his stead. 19 Amon was twenty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reignedtwo years o And his mother's name was Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah. 20 And he did that ovhich ovas evil in the sight of the Lord, as his father Mamasseh did. 21, And he walked in all the way that his father walked in, and served the idols that his father served, and worshipped them : 2: And he forsook the Lord God of his fathers, and walked not in the way of the Lord. 23 of And the servants of Amon conspired against him, and slew the king in his own house. 24 And the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against king Aon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his stead. 25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon

which he did, are they not written in

6 Unto carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber, and hewn stone to repair the house. 7 Howbeit, there was no reckoning made with them of the money that was delivered into their hand, because they dealt faithfully. 8 T And Hilkiah the lso priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the LoRp. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. o 9 And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house of the Lord. 10 And Shaphan the scribe, shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king. 11 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes. 12 And the king commanded Isilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king's, saying,

542 Jerusalem's destruction foretold. II. KINGS.

13 Goye, inquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us. 14 So Hilkiah the pricst, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe ; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her. 15 || And she said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to tale, 16 Thus saith the Lord, Belhold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read : 17 Because thcy have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be ..". 18 But to the king of Judah which sent you to inquire of the Lor D, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, .ds touching the words which thou hastheard ; 19 Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lor D, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me ; I also have heard thee, saith the Lok D. 20 Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathcred into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again. , CHAP. XXIII. 1 Josiah causeth the book of the larv to be

read, 3 He reneweth the covenant of

the Lord, 4 and destroyeth idolatry.

A” the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah

and of Jerusalem.

2 And the king went up into the house of the LoRD, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the Lor D.

3 *, And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Loop, and to keep his

Josiah destroyeth idolatry.

commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant. 4 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the Lok D all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the ve, and for all the host of heaven : and he burn– ed them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Beth-el. 5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven. 6 And he brought out the grove from the house of the Lord, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people. 7 And he brake down the houses of the sodomites that were by the house of the Lon D, where the women wove hangings for the grove. 8 And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burnt incense, from Geba to Beer-sheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the gate of the city. 9 Nevertheless, the priests of the high laces came not up to the altar of the or D in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren. 10 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his over to pass through the fire to MoCCI). 11 And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entering in of the house of the Lon D, by the chamber of Nathan-melech the chamberlain, which ovas in the suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire. 12 And the altars that overe on the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the Lord, did the king beat down, and brake them

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