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New Altar made. Hoshea’s Reign over Israel. Israel conquered by Assyria
ing burnt-offering, and the evening Israel away untoAssyria, and
meal-offering, and the king's burnt- placed them in Halah, and on the
offering, and his meal-offering, with Habor, the river of Gozan, and in
the burnt-offering of all the people the cities of the Medes.
of the land, and their meal-offering, 7 And it was so, because the chil-
and their drink-offerings; and sprin- dren of Israel had sinned against
kle upon it all the blood of the Jehovah their God, who brought them
burnt-offering, and all the blood of up out of the land of Egypt from
the sacrifice : but the brazen altar under the hand of Pharaoh king of
shall be for me to inquire by. 16 Egypt, and bad feared other gods,
Thus did Urijah the priest, ac- 8 and walked in the statutes of the
cording to all that king Ahaz nations, whom Jehovah cast out
commanded,

from before the children of Israel, 17 And king Ahaz cut off the and of the kings of Israel, which panels of the bases, and removed they 3 made. 9 And the children of the laver from off them, and took Israel did secretly things that were down the sea from off the brazen not right against Jehovah their oxen that were under it, and put it God: and they built them high upon a pavement of stone. 18 And places in all their cities, from the the covered way for the sabbath tower of the watchmen to the fortithat they had built in the house, fied city ; 10 and they set them up and the king's entry without, turned pillars and Asherim upon every he ? unto the house of Jehovah, be- high hill, and under every green cause of the king of Assyria. 19 Now tree; 11 and there they burnt inthe rest of the acts of Ahaz which cense in all the high places, as did he did, are they not written in the the nations whom Jehovah carried book of the chronicles of the kings away before them; and they wrought of Judah? 20 And Ahaz slept with wicked things to provoke Jehovah his fathers, and was buried with his to anger; 12 and they served idols, fathers in the city of David ; and whereof Jehovah had said unto Hezekiah his son reigned in his them, Ye shall not do this thing. stead.

13 Yet Jehovah testified unto Is17 by

king of Judah began Hoshea prophet, and every seer, saying, the son of Elah to reign in Samaria Turn ye from your evil ways, and over Israel, and reigned nine years. keep my commandments and my 2 And he did that which was evil in statutes, according to all the law the sight of Jehovah, yet not as the which I commanded your fathers, kings of Israel that were before him. and which I sent to you by my 3. Against him came up Shalmaneser servants the prophets. 14 Notking of Assyria; and Hoshea be withstanding, they would not hear, came his servant, and brought him but hardened their neck, like to tribute. 4 And the king of Assyria the neck of their fathers, who befound conspiracy in Hoshea ; for he lieved not in Jehovah their God. had sent messengers to So king of 15 And they rejected his statutes, Egypt, and offered no tribute to the and his covenant that he made king of Assyria, as he had done with their fathers, and his testiyear by year; therefore the king of monies which he testified unto Assyria shut him up, and bound them; and they followed vanity, him in prison. 5 Then the king of and became vain, and went after the Assyria came up throughout all the nations that were round about them, land, and went up to Samaria, and concerning whom Jehovah had besieged it three years. 6 In the charged them that they should i ninth year of Hoshea the king of do like them. 16 And they forson Assyria took Samaria, and carried all the commandments of Jehov 10r, covered place 2 Or, round

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Rabshakeh's Defiant Speech. Hezekiah is alarmed the 1scribe, and Joah the son of Iguage, and spake, saying, Hear ye Asaph the 2 recorder.

the word of the great king, the king 19 And Rabshakeh said unto them, of Assyria. 29 Thus saith the king, Say ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith Let not Hezekiah deceive you ; for the great king, the king of Assyria, he will not be able to deliver you out What confidence is this wherein thou of his hand : 30 neither let Hezekiah trustest? 20 Thou sayest (but they make you trust in Jehovah, saying, are but 3 vain words), There is coun- | Jehovah will surely deliver us, and sel and strength for the war. Now this city shall not be given into the on whom dost thou trust, that thou hand of the king of Assyria. 31 hast rebelled against me? 21 Now, Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus behold, thou trustest upon the staff saith the king of Assyria, 6 Make of this bruised reed, even upon your peace with me, and come out Egypt; whereon if a man lean, it to me; and eat ye every one of his will go into his hand, and pierce it: vine, and every one of his fig-tree, so is Pharaoh king of Egypt unto and drink ye every one the waters all that trust on him. 22 But if ye of his own cistern; 32 until I come say unto me, We trust in Jehovah and take you away to a land like our God; is not that he, whose high your own land, a land of grain and places and whose altars Hezekiah new wine, a land of bread and vine: hath taken away, and hath said to yards, a land of olive-trees and of Judah and to Jerusalem, Ye shall honey, that ye may live, and not die: worship before this altar in Jerusa- and hearken not unto Hezekiah, lem? 23 Now therefore, I pray thee, when he persuadeth you, saying, 4 give pledges to my master the king Jehovah will deliver us. 33 Hath of Assyria, and I will give thee two any of the gods of the nations ever thousand horses, thou able on delivered his land out of hand thy part to set riders upon them. 24 of the king of Assyria? 34. Where How then canst thou turn away the are the gods of Hamath, and of Arface of one captain of the least of my pad? where are the gods of Sepharmaster's servants, and put thy trust vaim, of Hena, and Ivvah? have on Egypt for chariots and for horse- they delivered Samaria out of my men? 25 Am I now come up with hand? 35 Who are they among all out Jehovah against this place to the gods of the countries, that have destroy it? Jehovah said unto me, delivered their country out of my Go up against this land, and destroy hand, that Jehovah should deliver it.

Jerusalem out of my hand ? 26 Then said Eliakim the son of 36 But the people held their peace, Hilkiah, and Shebnah, and Joah, and answered him not a word ; for unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray the king's commandment was, saythee, to thy servants in the 5 Syrian ing, Answer him not. 37 Then came language; for we understand it: and Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was speak not with us in the Jews' lan- over the household, and Shebna the guage, in the ears of the people that scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph are on the wall

. 27 But Rabshakeh the recorder, to Hezekiah with their said unto them, Hath my master clothes rent, and told him the words sent me to thy master, and to thee, of Rabshakeh. to speak these words ? hath he not

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king Hezekiah heard it, that wall, to eat their own dung, and to he rent his clothes, and covered him. drink their own water with you? 28 self with sackcloth, and went into Then Rabshakeh stood, and cried the house of Jehovah. 2 And he sent with a loud voice in the Jews' lan- Eliakim, who was over the house

hold, and Shebna the scribe, and the 1 Or, secretary

2 Or, chronicler 3 Heb. (mort of the lips.

elders of the priests, covered with Or, me pager with 5 Heb. Aramean.

6 Heb. Make with me a blessing.

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Hezekiah is comforted by Isaiah. Hezekiah's Prayer sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet letter from the hand of the messenthe son of Amoz. 3 And they said gers, and read it; and Hezekiah unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This went up unto the house of Jehovah, day is a day of trouble, and of re- and spread it before Jehovah. 15 buke, and of contumely; for the chil- And Hezekiah prayed before Jehudren are come to the birth, and there vah, and said, O Jehovah, the God is not strength to bring forth. 4 It of Israel, that 3 sittest above the may be Jehovah thy God will hear cherubim, thou art the God, even all the words of Rabshakeh, I whom thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the king of Assyria his master hath the earth ; thou hast made heaven sent to defy the living God, and and earth. 16 Incline thine ear, o will rebuke the words which Jeho- Jehovah, and ur; open thine eyes, vah thy God hath heard : wherefore 0 Jehovah, and see; and hear the lift up thy prayer for the remnant words of Sennacherib, wherewith that is left. Ď So the servants of he hath sent him to defy the living king Hezekiah came to Isaiah. 6 God. 17 Of a truth, Jehovah, the And Isaiah said unto them, Thus kings of Assyria have laid waste the shall ye say to your master, Thus nations and their lands, 18 and have saith Jehovah, Be not afraid of the cast their gods into the fire; for they words that thou hast heard, where were no gods, but the work of men's with the servants of the king of hands, wood and stone; therefore Assyria have blasphemed me. they have destroyed them. 19 Now Behold, I will put a spirit in him, therefore, o Jehovah our God, save and he shall hear tidings, and shall thou us, I beseech thee, out of his return to his own land; and I will hand, that all the kingdoms of the cause him to fall by the sword in his earth may know that thou Jehovah own land.

art God alone. 8 So Rabshakeh returned, and 20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz found the king of Assyria warring sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith against Libnah; for he had heard Jehovah, the God of Israel, Whereas that he was departed from Lachish. thou hast prayed to me against Sen9 And when he heard say of Tirha- | nacherib king of Assyria, I have kah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is heard thee. 21 This is the word that come out to fight against thee, he Jehovah hath spoken concerning sent messengers again unto Heze- him: The virgin daughter of Zion kiah, saying, 10 Thus shall ye speak hath despised thee and laughed thee to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, to scorn, the daughter of Jerusalem Let not thy God in whom thou trust- hath shaken her head 4 at thee. est deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem 22 Whom hast thou defied and blasshall not be given into the hand of phemed? and against whom hast the king of Assyria. 11 Behold, thou thou exalted thy voice and lifted up hast heard what the kings of Assyria thine eyes on high? even against the have done to all lands, by 2 destroy- Holy One of Israel. 23 By thy_mesing them utterly: and shalt thou sengers thou hast defied the Lord, be delivered? 13 Have the gods of and hast said, With the multitude the nations delivered them, which of my chariots am I come up to the my fathers have destroyed, Gozan, height of the mountains, to the inand Haran, and Rezeph, and the nermost parts of Lebanon; and I children of Eden that were in Te- will cut down the tall cedars thereof, lassar? 13 Where is the king of and the choice fir-trees thereof; Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and I will enter into his farthest and the king of the city of Sephar- lodging-place, the forest of his

fruitvaim, of Hena, and Ivvah?

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Isaiah's Prophecy of Deliverance. Hezekiah sick. His Life prolonged drunk strange waters, and with the that the angel of Jehovah went sole of my feet will I dry up all the forth, and smote in the camp of the rivers of Egypt.

Assyrians a hundred fourscore and 25 Hast thou not heard how I five thousand : and when men arose have done it long ago, and formed early in the morning, behold, these it of ancient times? now have I were all dead bodies. 36 Só Senbrought it to pass, that it should be nacherib king of Assyria departed, thine to lay waste fortified cities and went and returned, and dwelt into ruinous heaps. 26 Therefore at Nineveh. 37 And it came to pass, their inhabitants were of small as he was worshipping in the house power, they were dismayed and of Nisroch his god, that 5 Adrammeconfounded; they were as the grass lech and Sharezer smote him with of the field, and as the green herb, the sword : and they escaped into as the grass on the housetops, and as the land of Ararat. And Esar21 But I know thy sitting down, and 20 sick into death. And Isaiah grain blasted before it is grown up, haddon his son reigned in his stead. thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy raging against me. 28 Be the prophet the son of Amoz came cause of thy raging against me, and to him, and said unto him, Thus because 2 thine arrogancy is come up saith Jehovah, Set thy house in into mine ears, therefore will I put order; for thou shalt die, and not my hook in thy nose, and my bridle live. 2 Then he turned his face to in thy lips, and I will turn thee back the wall, and prayed unto Jehovah, by the way by which thou camest. saying, 3 Remember now, O Jeho29 And this

shall be the sign unto vah, beseech thee, how I have thee: ye shall eat this year that walked before thee in truth and which groweth of itself, and in the with a perfect heart, and have done second year that which springeth of that which is good in thy sight. the same; and in the third year sow And Hezekiah wept sore. 4 And it ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, came to pass, before Isaiah was gone and eat the fruit thereof. 30 And 6 out into the middle part of the 3 the remnant that is escaped of the city, that the word of Jehovah came house of Judah shall again take root to him, saying, Turn back, and downward, and bear fruit upward. say to Hezekiah the prince of my 31 For out of Jerusalem shall go people, Thus saith Jehovah, the forth a remnant, and out of mount God of David thy father, I have Zion they that shall escape: the heard thy prayer, I have seen thy zeal of 4 Jehovah shall perform this. tears: behold, I will heal thee; on 32 Therefore thus saith Jehovah the third day thou shalt go up unto concerning the king of Assyria, He the house of Jehovah. 6 And I will shall not come unto this city, nor add unto thy days fifteen years; and shoot an arrow there, neither shall I will deliver thee and this city out he come before it with shield, nor of the hand of the king of Assyria ; cast up a mound against it. 33 By and I will defend this city for mine the way that he came, by the same own sake, and for my servant David's shall he return, and he shall not sake. 7 And Isaiah said, Take a come unto this city, saith Jehovah. cake of figs. And they took and 34 For I will defend this city to save laid it on the boil, and he recovered. it, for mine own sake, and for my 8 And Hezekiah

said unto Isaiah, servant David's sake.

What shall be the sign that Jehovah 35 And it came to pass that night, will heal me, and that I shall go up 1 Or, defence Heb. Mazor.

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Hezekiah shows his Treasures to Babylonians. Manasseh's great Wickedness day? 9 And Isaiah said, This shall the palace of the king of Babylon. be the sign unto thee from Jehovah, 19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, that Jehovah will do the thing that Good is the word of Jehovah which he hath spoken: 1 shall the shadow thou hast spoken. He said morego forward ten 2 steps, or go back over, Is it not so, if peace and truth ten steps? 10 And Hezekiah an- shall be in my days? 20 Now the swered, "It is a light thing for the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all shadow to decline ten steps: nay, his might, and how he made the but let the shadow return backward | pool, and the conduit, and brought ten steps. 11 And Isaiah the prophet water into the city, are they, not cried unto Jehovah; and he brought written in the book of the chronthe shadow ten steps backward, by icles of the kings

of Judah? 21 And which it had gone down on the 3 dial. Hezekiah slept with his fathers;

and Manasseh his son reigned in his the son of Baladan, king of Baby: 21 old when he began to reign ; 12 At that time * Berodach-baladan stead.

Manasseh was twelve years lon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah ; for he had heard and he reigned five and fifty years that Hezekiah had been sick. 13 in Jerusalem: and his mother's And Hezekiah hearkened unto name was Hephzibah. 2 And he them, and showed them all the did that which was evil in the sight house of his 5 precious things, the of Jehovah, after the abominations silver

, and the gold, and the spices, of the nations whom Jehovah cast and the precious oil, and 6 the house out before the children of Israel.

his. I armor, and all that was 3 For he built again the high places found in his treasures: there was which Hezekiah his father had nothing in his house, nor in all his destroyed; and he reared up altars dominion, that Hezekiah showed for Baal, and made

an Asherah, as them not. 14 Then came Isaiah the did Ahab king of Israel, and worprophet unto king Hezekiah, and shipped all the host of heaven, and said unto him, What said these men served them. 4 And he built altars and from whence came they unto in the house of Jehovah, whereof thee? And Hezekiah said, They Jehovah said, In Jerusalem will i are come from a far country, even put my name.

5 And he built from Babylon.

15 And he said, altars for all the host of heaven What have they seen in thy house? in the two courts of the house of And Hezekiah answered, All that Jehovah. 6 And he made his son is in my house have they seen: there to pass through the fire, and pracis nothing among my treasures that tised augury, and used enchantI have not showed them.

ments, and 8 dealt with them that 16 And Isaiah said unto Heze had familiar spirits, and with wizkiah, Hear the word of Jehovah. ards: he wrought much evil in the 17 Behold, the days come, that all sight of Jehovah, to provoke him to that is in thy house, and that anger.

7 And he set the graven which thy fathers have laid up in image of Asherah, that he had store unto this day, shall be carried made, in the house of which Jehoto Babylon : nothing shall be left, vah said to David and to Solomon saith Jehovah. 18 And of thy sons his son, In this house, and in Jeruthat shall issue from thee, whom salem, which I have chosen out of thou shalt beget

, shall they take all the tribes of Israel, will I put away; and they shall be eunuchs in my name for ever; 8 neither will I 401, the shadow is gone forward ten steps, shall cause the feet of Israel to wander 2 Or, degrees 3 Heb. steps.

any more out of the land which I In Is. 39. 1, Merodach-baladan.

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