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554 The reigns of Shallum, Pekah, II. KINGS. Menahem, Pekahiah, &c. Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made! 25 But Pekah the son of Remaliah, . Israel to sin.

captain of his, conspired against him, 10 And Shallum the son of Jabesh con- and smote him in Samaria, in the palace spired against him, and smote him before of the king's house, with Argob and Athe people, and slew him, and reigned in rieh, and with him fifty men of the Gilhis stead.

eadites: and he killed hiin, and reigned 11 And the rest of the acts of Zachari- in his room. ah, behold they are written in the book || 26 And the rest of the acts of Pekahiof the chronicles of the kings of Israel. lah, and all that he did, behold, they are

12 This was the word of the Lord written in the book of the chronicles of which he spake unto Jehu, saying, Thy the kings of Israel. sons shall sit on the throne of Israel unto 27 In the two and fiftieth year of the fourth generation. And so it came to || Azariah king of Judalı Pekah the son of pass.

Remaliah began to reign over Israel in 13 | Shallum the son of Jabesh began Samaria, and reigned twenty years. toʻreign in the nine and thirtieth year of 28 And he did that which was evil in Uzziah king of Judah ; and he reigned a | the sight of the Lord: he departed not full month in Samaria.

from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Ne14 For Menahem the son of Gadi went bat, who made Israel to sin. up from Tirzah, and came to Samaria, 29 In the days of Pekah king of Israel and smote Shallum the son of Jabesh in came Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and Samaria, and slew him, and reigned in took Ijon, and Abel-beth-maachah, and his stead.

Janoań, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gil15 And the rest of the acts of Shallum, lead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtaand his conspiracy which he made, be- li, and carried them captive to Assyria. bold, they are written in the book of the 30 And Hoshea the son of Elah made chronicles of the kings of Israel.

a conspiracy against Pekali the son of Re16 / Then Menahem smote Tiphsah, maliah, and smote him, and slew him, and all that were therein, and the coasts and reigned in his stead, in the twentieth thereof from Tirzalı: because they all year of Jotham the son of Uzziah, pened not to lrim, therefore he smote it; 31 And the rest of the acts of Pekah, and all the women therein that were with || and all that he did, behold, they are writchild he ripped up.

ten in the book of the chronicles of the 17 In the nine and thirtieth year of kings of Israel. Azariah king of Judah began Menahem 327 In the second year of Pekah the son the son of Gadi to reign over Israel, and of Remaliah king of Israel began Jotham reigned ten years in Samaria.

the son of Uzziah king of Judah to reign. 18 And he did that which was evil in 33 Five and twenty years old was he the sight of the LORD: he departed not when he began to reign, and he reigned all his days from the sins of Jeroboam the sixteen years in Jerusalem. And his son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin. mother's name was Jerusha, the daugh

19 And Pul the king of Assyria came ter of Zadok. against the land : and Menahem gave 34 And he did that which was right in Pul a thousand talents of silver, that his the sight of the LORD: he did according hand might be with him to confirm the to all that his father Uzziah had done. kingdom in his hand.

35 | Howbeit, the high places were not 20 And Menahem exacted the money removed: the people sacrificed and bunnof Israel, even of all the mighty men of ed incense still in the high places. He built wealth, of each man fifty shekels of sil- | the higher gate of the house of the LORD. ver, to give to the king of Assyria. So 36 i Now the rest of the acts of Jothe king of Assyria turned back, and stay- || tham, and all that he did, are they not ed not there in the land.

written in the book of the chronicles of 21 And the rest of the acts of Mena- ll the kings of Judah? hem, and all that he did, are they not | 37 In those days the Lord began to written in the book of the chronicles of send against Judah Rezin the king of Syrthe kings of Israel?

lia, and Pekah the son of Remaliah. 22 And Menahem slept with his fathers; 38 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and Pekahiah his son reigned in his stead. and was buried with his fathers in the city

23 | In the fiftieth year of Azarial of David his father : and Ahaz his son king of Judah Pekahiah the son of Mena- | reigned in his stead, hem began to reign over Israel in Sama

. CHAP. XVI. ria, and reigned two years.

1 1 Ahaz's wicked reign. 17 He spoilcth the 24 And he did thai which was evil in temple. 19 llezekiah succcedeih him. the sight of the LORD : he departed not || In the seventeenth year of Pekah the from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Ne. I son of Remaliah Alaz the son of Jor bat, who made Israel to sin.

I tham king of Judah began to reign.

Ahaz's wicked reign. Chat. xvij. Hezekiah succeedeth him. 505 2 Twenty years old quas Ahaz when he burnt-sacrifice, and his meat-offering with began to reign, and reigned sixteen years! the burnt-offering of all the people of the in Jerusalem, and did not that which was land, and their meat-offering, and their right in the sight of the LORD his God, drink-offerings ; and sprinkle upon it all like David his father.

the blood of the burnt-offering, and all the 3 But he walked in the way of the kings blood of the sacrifice: and the brazen alof Israel, yea, and made his son to pass tar shall be for me to inquire by. through the fire, according to the abom- 16 Thus did Urijah the priest, accordinations of the heathen, whom the Lord ing to all that king Ahaz commanded. Gast out from before the children of Israel. 17 | And king Ahaz cut off the bor

4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense | ders of the bases, and removed the laver in the high places, and on the hills, and from off them ; and took down the sea under every green tree.

from off the brazen oxen that were under 5 Then Rezin king of Syria and Pe- | it, and put it upon a pavement of stones. kah son of Remaliah king of Israel came 18 And the covert for the sabbath up to Jerasalem to war: and they besieg- that they had built in the house, and the ed Ahaz, but could not overcome him. king's entry without, turned he from

6 At that time Rezin king of Syria re- || the house of the LORD for the king of covered Elath to Syria, and drave the Assyria. Jews from Elath : and the Syrians came 19 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz to Elath, and dwelt there unto this day. which he did, are they not written in

7 So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath the book cf the chronicles of the kings of pileser king of Assyria, saying, I am thy Judah? servant and thy son : come up, and save 20 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, me out of the hand of the king of Syria, and was buried with his fathers in thic and out of the hand of the king of Israel, city of David : and Hezekiah his son which rise up against me.

reigned in his stead. 8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold

CHAP, XVII. that was found in the house of the LORD, 1 Hoshea's svicked reign. 5 Samaria for and in the treasures of the king's house, thcir sins is captivated. 24 The strange and sent it for a present to the king of nations being plagued with lions, make Assyria.

a mixture of religions. 9. And the king of Assyria hearkenel IN the twelfth year of Allaz king of Juinto him ; for the king of Assyria went | 1 dah began Hoshea the son of Elah to up against Damascus, and took it, and reign in Samaria over Israel nine years. carried the people of it captive to Kir, and 2 And he did that which was evil in the slew Rezin.

sight of the Lord, but not as the kings of 10 fand king Ahaz went to Damascus Israel that were before him. to meet Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, 3 9 Against him came up Shalmaneser and saw an altar that was at Damascus: king of Assyria ; and Hoshea became his and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest servant, and gave him presents. the fashion of the altar, and the pattern 4 And the king of Assyria found conof it, according to all the workmanship | spiracy in Hoshea : for he had sent mesthereof

sengers to So king of Egypt, and brought 11 And Vrijah the priest built an altar no present to the king of Assyria, as he according to all that king Ahaz had sent had done year by year: therefore the king from Damascus : so Urijah the priest of Assyria shut him up, and bound hina made it against king Ahaz came froin | in prison. Damascus.

5 ? Then the king of Assyria came up 12 And when the king was come from throughout all the land, and went up to Damascus, tire king saw the altar : and Samaria, and besieged it three years. the king approached to the altar, and of 6 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king fered thereon.

of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Is13 And he burnt his burnt-offering and rael away into Assyria, and placed then his meat-offering, and pourerle his drink in Halah and in Habor by the river of offering, and sprinkled the blood of his Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.. peace-offerings upon the altar.

7 For so it was, that the chikiren of Is14 And he brought also the brazen al- rael had sinned against the LORD thei: tar, which was before the LORD, from the God, which had brought them up out forefront of the house, from between the if the land of Egypt, from under thur altar and the house of the LORD, and put hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and liaci it on the north side of the altar.

feared other goals, 15 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah 8 And walked in the statutes of the the priest, saying, Upon the great altar heathen, whom tlic LORD cast out froza burn the morning burnt-offering, and the I before the children of Israel, and of the evening meat-offering, and the king's "kings of Israel, which they liad made.

336 The Israclites removed. 11. KINGS. A mixture of religions.

9 And the children of Israel did secrete 23 Until the LORD removed Israel out ly those things that were not right against of his sight, as he had said by all his serthe LORD their God, and they built them vants the prophets. So was Israel carried high places in all their cities, from the away out of their own land to Assyria untower of the watchmen to the fenced city. to this day.

10 And they set them up images and | 24 | And the king of Assyria brought groves in every high hill, and under eve- men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and ry green tree :

from Ava, and from Hamath, and from 11 And there they burnt incense in all || Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities the high places, as did the heathen wliom of Samaria instead of the children of Israthe Lord carried away before them; and el : and they possessed Samaria, and wrought wicked things to provoke the dwelt in the cities thereof. LORD to anger:

25 And so it was at the beginning of 12 For they served idols, whereof the their dwelling there, that they feared not LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not the Lord: therefore the LORD sent lions do this thing.

among them, which slew some of them. 13 Yet the Lord testified against Israel, 26 Wherefore they spake to the king and against Judah, by all the prophets, of Assyria, saying, The nations which thou and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from hast removed, and placed in the cities of your evil ways, and keep my command | Samaria, know not the manner of the ments and my statutes, according to all God of the land : therefore he hath sent the law which I commanded your fathers, | lions among them, and behold, they slay and which I sent to you by my servants | them, because they know not the manner the prophets.

of the God of the land. 14 Notwithstanding, they would not 27 Then the king of Assyria commandhear, but hardened their necks, like to ed, saying, Carry thither one of the priests the neck of their fathers, that did not be- || whom ye brought from thence ; and let lieve in the Lord their God.

ll them go andelwell there, and let him teach 15 And they rejected his statutes, and them the manner of the God of the land. his covenant that he made with their fa- \ 28 Then one of the priests whom thev thers, and his testimonies which he testi- | had carriedi away from Samaria came and tied against them; and they followed van- dwelt in Beth-el, and talight them how ity, and became vain, and went after the they should fear the LORD. heathen that were round about them, 29 Howbeit, every nation inade gods of concerning whom the Lord had charged their own, and put ihem in the houses of them, that they should not do like them. the high places which the Samaritans had

16 And they left all the command-made, every nation in their cities wherein ments of the LORD their God, and made they dwelt. them molten images, even two calves, 30 And the men of Babylon made Sucand made a grove, and worshipped all the | coth-benoth, and the men of Cuth made host of heaven, and served Baal.

Nergal, and the men of Hamath made · 17 And they caused their sons and their Ashina, daughters to pass through the fire, and 1 31 And the Avites made Nibhaz and used divination and enchantments, and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burnt their sold themselves to do evil in the sight of children in the fire to Adrammelech and the Lord, to provoke him to anger. | Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim.

18 Therefore the LORD was very angry 32 So they feared the LORD, and made with Israel, and removed them out of his unto themselves of the lowest of them sight: there was none left but the tribe priests of the high places, which sacrificed of Judah only

for them in the houses of the high places. 19 Also Jucah kept not the command 33 They feared the Lord, and served ments of the Lord their God, but walk-il their own gods, after the manner of the nacd in the statutes of Israel which they tions whom they carried away from thence. made.

| 34 Unto this day they do after the forin20 And the Lord rejected all the sced l er manners : they fear not the LORD, neiof Israel, and afflicted them, and deliver- ther do they after their statutes, or after ed them into the hand of spoilers, until he thcir ordinances, or after the law and comhad cast them out of his sight.

mandment which the LORD commanded 21 For he rent Israel from the house of the children of Jacob, whom he named David; and they made Jeroboam the son Israel; of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Isra- ! 35 With whom the LORD had made a el from following the LORD, and made ! covenant, and charged them, saying, Yo them sin a great sin.

shall not fear other gods, nor bow your22 For the children of Israel walked in i selves to them, nor serve thein, nor sacall the sins of Jeroboam which he did ; || rifice to them : they departed not from them ;

30 But the LORD, who brought you

Hezekiah's good reign. CHAP. XVIII. He is besieged by Sennacherib. 337 up out of the land of Egypt with great || kiah, that is the ninth year of Hoshea power and a stretched out arm, him shall || | king of Israel, Samaria was taken. ye fear, and him shall ye worship, and 11 And the king of Assyria did carry to him shall ye do sacrifice.

away Israel unto Assyria, and put them 37 And the statutes, and the ordi- | in Halah and in Habor by the river of nances, and the law, and the command Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes: ment which he wrote for you, ye shall 12 Because they obeyed not the voice observe to do for evermore ; and ye shall of the LORD their God, but transgressed not fear other gods.

his covenant, and all that Moses ihe ser38 And the covenant that I have made vant of the LORD commanded, and would with you ye shall not forget ; neither shall || not hear them, nor do them. ye fear other gods.

| 13 f Now in the fourteenth year of king 39 But the LORD your Gol ye shall | Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria fear; and he shall deliver you out of the come up against all the fenced cities of hand of all your enemics.

Judali, and took them. 40 Howbeit they did not hearken, but 14 And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to they did after their former manncr. the king of Assyria to Lachish, saying, I

41 So these nations feared the LORD, I haveoffended; return from me: that which and served their graven images, both thou puttest on me I will bear. And the their children, and their children's chil king of Assyria appointed unto Hezekiah dren : as did their fathers, so do they | king of Judah three hundred talents of unto this day

| silver and thirty talents of gold. CHAP. XVIII.

15 And Hezekiah gave him all the 1 Hezekiah's good reign. 4 He destroy- silver that was found in the house of

eth idolatry, and prospereth. 9 Sama- !! the LORD, and in the treasures of the

ria is carried captive for their sins. king's house. NOW it came to pass in the third year ||

| 16 At that time did Hezekiah cut off W of Hoshiea son of Elah king of Israel, ll the gold from the doors of the temple of that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of the LORD, and from the pillars which Judah began to reign.

| Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid, 2 Twenty and five years old was he il and gave it to the king of Assyria. when he began to reign; and he reigned 17 | And the king of Assyria sent Tartwenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His ! tan and Rabsaris and Rab-shakeh from mother's name also was Abi, the daugh- || Lachish to king Hezekiah with a great ter of Zachariah.

host against Jerusalem: and they went up, 3 And he did that which was right in and came to Jerusalen : and when they the sight of the Lord, according to all were come up, they came and stood by that David his father did.

the conduit of the upper pool, which is 4 He removed the high places, and in the high way of the fuller's field. brake the images, and cut down the 18 And when they had called to the groves, and brake in pieces the brazen king, there came out to them Eliakim serpent that Moses had made: for unto the son of Hilkiah, which was over the those days the children of Israel did burn | household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joincense to it: and he called it Nehusltan. | ah the son of Asaph the recorder.

5 He trusted in the LORD God of Is- 19 And Rab-shakeh said unto them, rael ; so that after him was none like Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the him among all the kings of Judah, nor | great king, the king of Assyria, What any that were before him.

confidence is this wherein thou trustest? 6 For he clave to the LORD, and de- || 20 Thou sayest, but they are but vain parted not from following him, but kept words, I have counsel and strength for his commandments, which the LORD | the war. Now on whom dost thou trust, commanded Moses.

that thou rebellest against me? 7 And the LORD was with him ; and 21 Now behold, thou trustest upon he prospered whithersoever he went \l the staff of this bruised reed, even upon forth : and he rebelled against the king || Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will of Assyria, and served him not.

go into his hand, and pierce it : so is 8 He smote the Philistines, cven unto Pharaoh king of Egypt unto all that Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the trust on him. tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. 22 But if ye say unto me, We trust in

9 9 And it came to pass in the fourth the Lord our God : is not that he whose year of king Hezekiah, which was the high places and whose altars Hezekiah seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king hath taken away, and hath said to Judah of Israel, that Shalmaneser king of Assyria and Jerusalem, Ye shall worship hecame up against Samaria, and besieged it. I fore this altar in Jerusalem ?

10 And at the end of three years they || 23 Now therefore, I pray thee, give cook it: even in the sixth year of Heze- "pledges to my lord the king of Assyria, 38 Rab-sicuclis biasfihemy. 11. KINGS:

Bleackiui 191newi. and I will deliver thee two thousand | 37 Then came Elakim the son of Hil. horses, if thou be able on thy part to set li kiah, which was over the household, and riders upon them.

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

CHAP. XIX. 25 Am I now come up without the il i Hezekiah mourning, sendeth 10 Isaiahto Lord against this place to destroy it? pray for them. 6 He com fortith them. The Lord said to me, Go up against 8 Sennacherib sendeth a blasphemous this land, and destroy it.

letter to Hezekiah. 14 Hezekial'8 firay26 Then said Eliakim the son of Hil er. 35 An angel slayeth the Assirians. kiah, and Shebna and Joah, unto Rah 36 Sennacherib is slain by his sons. shakeh, Speak, I pray thee, to thy ser AND it came to pass, when king vants in the Syrian language ; for we A Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his understand it i and talk not with us in clothes, and covered himself with sackthe Jews language in the ears of the cloth, and went into the house of the people that are on the wall.

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

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

Il is not strength to bring forth. 29 Thus saith the king, Let not Heze-14 It may be the LORD thy God will kiah deceive you : for he shall not be hear all the words of Rab-shakeh, whom able to deliver you out of his hand : the king of Assyria his master hath sent

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

5 So the servants of king Hezekiah 31 Hearken not unto Hezekiah : for came to Isaiah. thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an 6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus agreement with me by a present, and shall ye say to your master, Thus saith come out to me, and then eat ye every the LORD, Be not afraid of the words man of his own vine, and every one of which thou hast heard, with which the his fig-tree, and drink ye every one the servants of the king of Assyria have blaswaters of his cistern:

phemed me. 32 Until I come and take you a way to a 7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, land like your own land, a land of corn and and he shall hear a rumour, and shall rewine, a land of bread and vineyards, a | turn to his own land ; and I will cause land of oil-olive and of honey, that ye him to fall by the sword in his own land. may live, and not die : and hearken not L 8 So Rab-shakeh returned, and found uinto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, the king of Assyria warring against Libsaying, The LORD will deliver us. nah: for he had heard that he was de

33 Hath any of the gods of the na parterl from Lachish. tions delivered at all his land out of the 9 And when he heard sav of Tiriakai hand of the king of Assyria?

king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out 34 Where are the gods of Hamath, to fight against thee: he sent messengers and of Arpad? where are the gods of Se again unto Hezekiah, saying, pharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they 10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah delivered Sainaria out of mine hand? king of Judalı, saying, Let not thy God

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

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

"livered them which my fatiers have de

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