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all (i. 27 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of the priests whom ye brought from thence ; and let them go and dwell there, and let him teach jo the manner of the God of the {t1101. 28 Then one of the priests, whom they had carried away from Sannaria, came and dwelt in Beth-el, and and taught them how they should fear the LORD. 29. Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, % and put them in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made, every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt. 30 And the men of Babylon r made Succoth-benoth, and the men of Cuth made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima, 31 And s the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burnt t their children in fire to Adrammelech and Amammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim. 32 So they feared the LORD, u and made unto themselves of the lowest of them, priests of the high places, which sacrificed for them in the houses of the high places. 33 They v. feared the LöRD, and served their own gods after the manner of the nations 5 whom they carried away from thence. 34 Unto this day they do after the former manners: they fear not the LoRD, neither do they after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the LORD commanded the children of Jacob, w whom he named Israel : 35 With whom the LORD had made a covenant, and charged them, a saying, Ye shall not fear other gods, nory bow yourselves to them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them : 36 But the LoRD, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, with great powerz and astretchedout arm, him shall a ye fear, and

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CHAPTER XVIII. 1 Hezekiah's good reign. 4 He destroyeth idolatry, and prospereth. No. it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah a the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 2 Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and mine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Abi, b the daughter of Zachariah. .3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did. 4 *| He removed the high places, and brake the 1 images, and cut down the groves, and brake in ieces the brazen c serpent that 1oses had made : for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it : and he called it 2 Nehushtan. 5 He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so d that after him was none like him among all the kings ; Judah, nor any that were before }}]]. 6 For he clave e to the Lord, and departed not from 3 following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses. 7 And the LORD was with f him ; and he prospered g whithersoever he went forth : and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, h and served him not. 8 He smote the Philistines, even unto 4 Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. 9 || And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Hezekiah, Of Sennachcrib. (which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel,) that Shalmaneser i king of Assyria came up against Samaria, and besieged it. 10 And at the end of three years they took it : even in the sixth year of Hezekiah, (that is, the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel,) Samaria was taken. ll And k the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them im Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes: 12 Because l they obeyed not the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them. 13 of Now m in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did 5 Senmacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah, and took them. 14 And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria to Lachish, saying, I have offended; return from me : that which thou uttest on me I will bear. And the ting of Assyria appointed unto Hezekiah king of Judah three hundreds talents of silver and thirty talents of gold. 15 And n Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king's house. 16 At that time did Hezekiah cut off the gold from the doors of the temple of the LoRD, and from the pillars which Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid, and gave 6 it to the king of Assyria. 17"| And the king of Assyria sento Tartan, and Rabsaris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to king Hezekiah, with a 7 great host against Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. And when they were come up, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which p is in the highway of the fuller's field. 18 And when they had called to the king, there came out to them Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the household, and Shebna the 8 scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder. 19 And Rab-shakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustesti 20 Thou 9 sayest (but they are but 10 vain .# 11 I have counsel and strength for the war. Now,

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on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me ! 21 Now, behold, thou 12 trustest upon the staff of this bruised reed, q even upon Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and ierce it : so is Pharaoh king of gy É. unto all that trust on him. 22 But if ye say unto me, We trust in the LORD our God : is not that he whose high places r and whose altars IHezekiah hath taken away, and hath said to Judah and Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar in Jer em? 23 Now therefore, I o thee, give 13 pledges to my lord the king of Assyria, and I will deliver thee two thousand horses, if thou able on thy part to set riders upon them. 24 How then wilt thou turm away the face of one captain of the least of my master's servants, and put thy trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen 25 Am I now come up without the LORD against this place to destroy it . The LORD s said to me, Go up against this land, and destroy it. 26 Then said Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna, and Joah, unto Rab-shakeh, 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 people that are on the wall. 27 But Rab-shakeh said unto them, Hatlı my master sent me to thy master, and to thee, to speak these words ; hath he not sent me to the men which sit on the wall, that t they may eat their own o and drink 14 their own piss wit

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 u saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you; for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand: 30 Neither v let Hezekiah make *. trust w in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver uS, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria. 31 Hearken not to Hezekiah : for thus Saith the king of Assyria, 15 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 16 cistern: 32 Until I come and take you

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away to a land like a your own lands: 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 17 persuadeth you, saying, The LORD will deliver us. 33 Hath y any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? 34. Where are the gods of Hamath;2 and of Arpad 3 where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah ( a have they delivered Samaria out of mine hand 7 35 Who b are they among all the s of the countries, that have deivered their country out of mine hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand { 36 But the people held their peace, and answered him not ca word: for the king's commandment was, Saying, Answer him not. 37. Then came Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, to Hezekiah, d with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rab-shakeh. CHAPTER XIX. Hezekiah mourning, sendeth to lsaiah to pray for them. ND a 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 LORD. 2 And he sent Eliakim, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the É. covered with sackcloth, to iah b the prophet the son of

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3.And they said, unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, this day is a day c of trouble, and of rebuke, and 1 blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth. 4. It may be the LORD, thy God will hear all the words of Rab-shakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent d to reproach e the living God; and will reprove f the words which the LORD, thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy or for the remnant g that are 2 left.

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His prayer. of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. 7 Behold, I i will send a blast k upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land. 8 *s. So Rab-shakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah : for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish.l 9 And m when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out to fight against thee: he sent messengers again unto Hezekiah, saying, 10. Thus shalt ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God in whom thou trustest n deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria. 11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shalt thou be delivered 7 12 Have o the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed; as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden p which were in Thelasar { 13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah 14 * And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it : and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the

LORD. 15 And Hezekiah prayed q before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which r dwellest between the cherubims, thou s art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thout hast made heaven and earth. 16 LORD, bow w down thine ear, and hear: open, v 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 Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands, 18 And have 3 cast their gods into the fire : for they were no gods,but w the wurk 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,a that . art the LORD God, even thou only

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T Then Isaiah the son Amoz Isaiah's prophecy. sent to Hezekiah, saying.Thussaith the for DGod ofisrael. That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria. I have heard.y 21. This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning him: The virgin z the daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken a her head at thee. 22 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high 7 even against b the Holy One of Israel. 4. By thy messengers thou hast reproached the LORD, and hast said, With the multitude of my chariots c I am come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut down 5 the tall cedar trees thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the lodgings of his borders, and into 6 the forest of his Carmel. 24 I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of 7 besieged places. 25 8 Hast thou not heard long ago how I have d done it, and of ancient times that I have formed it now

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32 Therefore thus saith the LoRD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it.

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went out, and smote in the camp they arose early in the morning, departed and went and returned, was worshipping in the house of him with the sword : and they esin his stead. lengthened. 20 Manasseh succeedI sick unto death. And the prosaith the LORD, 1 Set thine house in 2 Then he turned his face to the eseech thee, O LORD, b reperfect heart, and have done that 4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah came to him, saying saith the LORD, the God of David Yehold, I will heal h thee: on the 6 And I will add unto thy days of the king of Assyria; and t I will

of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand : and when behold, they were all dead corpses. 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria and dwelt at Nineveh.k 37 And it came to pass, as he Nisroch, his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote l caped into the land of 13 Armenia. And Esarhaddon his m son reigned CHAPTER XX. 1 Hezekiah, by prayer, hath his life oth him. N, a those days was Hezekiah phet Isaiah, the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus order; for thou shalt die, and not live. wall, and prayed unto the LoRD, Saying, §'í", member now how I have walked c before thee in truth d and with a which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept 2 sore. was gone out into the middle 3 court, that the word of the LoRI) 5 Turn again and tell Hezekiah the captain e of my people, Thus thy father, I have heard f thy rayer, I have seen thy tears: y third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD. fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.

Captivity of Babylon foretold. 7 And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered. . . §os And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign k that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall o up into the house of the LORD he third day! . -- or 9 And Isaiah said, This sigm shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken; shall the shadow go sorward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees? 10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: may, but let the shadow return backward ten dedegrees. 11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD ; and l he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the 4 dial of Ahaz. 12 of At m that time 5 Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan king of fabylon sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah’; for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick, 13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and showed n them all the house of his 6 precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices and the precious ointment, and al the house of his 7 armour, and all that was found in his treasures: 0 there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah showed them not. 14 of Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men 7 and from whence came they unto thee! And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon. 15 And he said, What have they seen in thine house ! And Hezekiah answered, All p the things that are in mine house have they seen : there is nothing among my treasures that I have not showed

thern. 16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD. 17 Behold, q the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have iaid 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; rands they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon. 19. Then said Hezekiah unto Isatab, Goodt is the word of the Lord, which thou hast spoken. And he

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said, 8 is tt not good, if peace and truth be in my days 4 20 " And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool, u and a conduit, and brought water v 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. CHAPTER XXI. 1 Manasseh’s reign: 3 His great idolatry

Mojo a was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned 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 b the abominations of the heathem, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. 3 For he built up again the high laces which c Hezekiah his father ad destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as d did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped e all the host of heaven, and served them. 4 And he built altars in the house f of the LORD, of which the LORD g said, In Jerusalem will I put my

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Ilākī18. 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. 6 And he made his son h pass through the fire, and observed times, i 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, k and to l Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever: 8 Neither m 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

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commanded them. 9 But they hearkened not ; and n Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the LoRD destroyed before the children of Israel. * 10 || And the Lord spake by his servants the prophets, saying,

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