Hezekiah Reigns over Judah
1 Now it came° about ain the third° year° of Hoshea°, the son° of Elah° king° of Israel°, that bHezekiah° the son° of Ahaz° king° of Judah° became° king°. 2 He was atwenty-five°° years° old° when he became° king°, and he reigned° twenty-nine°° years° in Jerusalem°; and his mother’s° name° was Abi° the daughter° of Zechariah°. 3 aHe did° right° in the sight° of the LORD°, according to all° that his father° David° had done°. 4 aHe removed° the high° places° and broke° down° the [sacred] pillars° and cut° down° the IAsherah°. He also broke° in pieces° bthe bronze° serpent° that Moses° had made°, for until° those° days° the sons° of Israel° burned° incense° to it; and it was called° IINehushtan°. 5 aHe trusted° in the LORD°, the God° of Israel°; bso that after° him there was none° like° him among all° the kings° of Judah°, nor° [among those] who° were before° him. 6 For he aclung° to the LORD°; he did not depart° from following° Him, but kept° His commandments°, which° the LORD° had commanded° Moses°.
 a2K 16:2; 17:1 b2Ch 28:27
 a2Ch 29:1, 2
 a2K 20:3; 2Ch 31:20
 II.e. a wooden symbol of a female deity III.e. a piece of bronze a2K 18:22; 2Ch 31:1 bNu 21:8, 9
 a2K 19:10 b2K 23:25
 aDt 10:20; Jsh 23:8
7 aAnd the LORD° was with him; wherever°° he went° he prospered°. And bhe rebelled° against the king° of Assyria° and did not serve° him. 8 aHe Idefeated° the Philistines° as far° as Gaza° and its territory°, from bwatchtower° to fortified° city°.
9 ¶ Now in the fourth° year° of King° Hezekiah°, which° was the seventh° year° of Hoshea° son° of Elah° king° of Israel°, aShalmaneser° king° of Assyria° came° up against° Samaria° and besieged°° it. 10 At the end° of three° years° they captured° it; in the sixth° year° of Hezekiah°, which° was athe ninth° year° of Hoshea° king° of Israel°, Samaria° was captured°. 11 Then the king° of Assyria° carried° Israel° away° into exile° to Assyria°, and put° them in aHalah° and on the Habor°, the river° of Gozan°, and in the cities° of the Medes°, 12 because°° they adid not obey° the voice° of the LORD° their God°, but transgressed° His covenant°, [even] all° that Moses° the servant° of the LORD° commanded°; they would neither° listen° nor° do° [it].
Invasion of Judah
13 ¶ aNow in the fourteenth°° year° of King° Hezekiah°, Sennacherib° king° of Assyria° came° up against° all° the fortified° cities° of Judah° and seized° them. 14 Then Hezekiah° king° of Judah° sent° to the king° of Assyria° at Lachish°, saying°, “aI have done° wrong°. IWithdraw° from me; whatever° you IIimpose° on me I will bear°.” So the king° of Assyria° IIIrequired° of Hezekiah° king° of Judah° three° hundred° talents° of silver° and thirty° talents° of gold°. 15 aHezekiah° gave° [him] all° the silver° which was found° in the house° of the LORD°, and in the treasuries° of the king’s° house°. 16 At that time° Hezekiah° cut° off° [the gold from] the doors° of the temple° of the LORD°, and [from] the doorposts° which° Hezekiah° king° of Judah° had overlaid°, and gave° it to the king° of Assyria°.
 a2Ch 32:1; Is 36:1-39:8
 ILit Return IILit give IIILit put on a2K 18:7
 a1K 15:18, 19; 2K 12:18; 16:8
17 ¶ Then the king° of Assyria° sent° aTartan° and Rab-saris° and Rabshakeh° from Lachish° to King° Hezekiah° with a large° army° to Jerusalem°. So they went° up and came° to Jerusalem°. And when they went° up, they came° and stood° by the bconduit° of the upper° pool°, which° is on the highway° of the Ifuller’s° field°. 18 When they called° to the king°, aEliakim° the son° of Hilkiah°, who° was over° the household°, and bShebnah° the scribe° and Joah° the son° of Asaph° the recorder°, came° out to them.
19 ¶ Then Rabshakeh° said° to them, “Say° now° to Hezekiah°, ‘Thus° says° the great° king°, the king° of Assyria°, “aWhat° is this° confidence° that you Ihave°? 20 You say° (but [they are] Ionly° empty° words°), ‘[I have] counsel° and strength° for the war°.’ Now° on whom° do you rely°, athat you have rebelled° against me? 21 Now° behold°, you Iarely° on the staff° of this° crushed° reed°, [even] on Egypt°; on which° if a man° leans°, it will go° into his IIhand° and pierce° it. So° is Pharaoh° king° of Egypt° to all° who rely° on him. 22 But if° you say° to me, ‘We trust° in the LORD° our God°,’ is it not He whose° high° places° and awhose altars° Hezekiah° has taken° away°, and has said° to Judah° and to Jerusalem°, ‘You shall worship° before° this° altar° in Jerusalem°’? 23 Now° therefore, Icome°, make° a bargain° with my master° the king° of Assyria°, and I will give° you two thousand° horses°, if° you are able° on your part to set° riders° on them. 24 How° then can you Irepulse°° one° IIofficial° of the least° of my master’s° servants°, and IIIrely° on Egypt° for chariots° and for horsemen°? 25 Have I now° come° up Iwithout° the LORD’S° approval against° this° place° to destroy° it? The LORD° said° to me, ‘Go° up against° this° land° and destroy° it.’”’”
 ILit trust a2Ch 32:10
 ILit a word of the lips a2K 18:7
 ILit rely for yourself IILit palm aIs 30:2, 3, 7; Ezk 29:6, 7
 a2K 18:4; 2Ch 31:1
 ILit please exchange pledges
 ILit turn away the face of IIOr governor IIILit rely for yourself
 ILit without the LORD
26 ¶ Then Eliakim° the son° of Hilkiah°, and Shebnah° and Joah°, said° to Rabshakeh°, “Speak° now° to your servants° in Aramaic°, for we Iunderstand° [it]; and do not speak° with us in IIaJudean° in the hearing° of the people° who° are on the wall°.” 27 But Rabshakeh° said° to them, “Has my master° sent° me only to your master° and to you to speak° these° words°, [and] not to the men° who sit° on the wall°, [doomed] to eat° their own dung° and drink° their own urine° with you?”
28 ¶ Then Rabshakeh° stood° and cried° with a loud° voice° in Judean°, Isaying°°, “Hear° the word° of the great° king°, the king° of Assyria°. 29 Thus° says° the king°, ‘aDo not let Hezekiah° deceive° you, for he will not be able° to deliver° you from Imy hand°; 30 nor° let Hezekiah° make you trust° in the LORD°, saying°, “The LORD° will surely° deliver° us, and this° city° will not be given° into the hand° of the king° of Assyria°.” 31 Do not listen° to Hezekiah°, for thus° says° the king° of Assyria°, “IMake° your peace° with me and come° out to me, and eat° aeach° of his vine° and each° of his fig° tree° and drink° each° of the waters° of his own cistern°, 32 until° I come° and take° you away ato a land° like your own land°, a land° of grain° and new° wine°, a land° of bread° and vineyards°, a land° of olive° trees° and honey°, that you may live° and not die°.” But do not listen° to Hezekiah° when° he misleads° you, saying°, “The LORD° will deliver° us.” 33 aHas any° one° of the gods° of the nations° delivered° his land° from the hand° of the king° of Assyria°? 34 aWhere° are the gods° of Hamath° and bArpad°? Where° are the gods° of Sepharvaim°, Hena° and IcIvvah°? Have they delivered° Samaria° from my hand°? 35 Who° among all° the gods° of the lands° Ihave delivered° their land° from my hand°, athat the LORD° should deliver° Jerusalem° from my hand°?’”
 ILit and spoke, saying,
 IHeb his a2Ch 32:15
 ILit Make with me a blessing a1K 4:20, 25
 aDt 8:7-9; 11:12
 a2K 19:12; Is 10:10, 11
 IIn 2K 17:24, Avva a2K 19:13 bIs 10:9 c2K 17:24
 ILit who have aPs 2:1-3; 59:7
36 ¶ But the people° were silent° and answered° him not a word°, for the king’s° commandment° was, “Do not answer° him.” 37 Then aEliakim° the son° of Hilkiah°, who° was over° the household°, and Shebna° the scribe° and Joah° the son° of Asaph°, the recorder°, came° to Hezekiah° bwith their clothes° torn° and told° him the words° of Rabshakeh°.
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Hezekiah his good reign.
1 ¶ Now it came to pass² in the thirdº yearº of Hosheaº sonº of Elahº kingº of Israel,º [that] Hezekiahº the sonº of Ahazº kingº of Judahº began to reign.ºª 2 Twentyº and fiveº yearsº oldº was² he when he began to reign;ºª and he reignedºª twentyº and nineº yearsº in Jerusalem.º His mother'sº nameº also [was] Abi,º the daughterº of Zachariah.º 3 And he didºª [that which was] rightº in the sightº of the LORD,º according to all² that² Davidº his fatherº did.ºª
 2K 15:30; 16:20; 17:1; 18:9; 1Ch 3:13; 2Ch 28:27; 29:1; Mt 1:9.
 2Ch 29:1.
 Ex 15:26; Dt 6:18; 1K 3:14; 11:4, 38; 15:5, 11; 2K 20:3; 22:2; 2Ch 29:2; 31:20; Jb 33:27; Ps 119:128; Ro 7:12; Ep 6:1.
He destroyeth idolatry, and prospereth.
4 ¶ He² removedºª² the high places,º and brakeºª² the images,º and cut downºª² the groves,º and brake in piecesºª the brasenº serpentº that² Mosesº had made:ºª for² unto² those² daysº the childrenº of Israelº did² burn incenseºª to it: and he calledºª it Nehushtan.º 5 He trustedºª in the LORDº Godº of Israel;º so that afterº him was² none² like him² among all² the kingsº of Judah,º nor [any] that² were² beforeº him. 6 For he claveºª to the LORD,º [and] departedºª not² from followingº² him, but keptºª his commandments,º which² the LORDº commandedºª² Moses.º 7 And the LORDº was² with² him; [and] he prosperedºª whithersoever²² he went forth:ºª and he rebelledºª against the kingº of Assyria,º and servedºª him not.² 8 He² smoteºª² the Philistines,º [even] unto² Gaza,º and the bordersº thereof, from the towerº² of the watchmenºª to² the fencedº city.º
 Lv 26:30; Nu 21:8; Dt 7:5; 12:2; Jg 6:25, 28; 1K 3:2; 15:12, 14; 22:43; 2K 12:3; 14:4; 15:4, 35; 16:15; 23:4; 2Ch 19:3; 31:1; 33:3; Ps 78:58; Ezk 20:28; Jn 3:14.
 2K 19:10, 15; 23:25; 2Ch 14:11; 16:7; 20:20, 35; 32:7; Jb 13:15; Ps 13:5; 27:1; 46:1; 84:12; 146:5; Jr 17:7; Mt 27:43; Ep 1:12.
 Dt 10:20; Jsh 23:8; 2K 17:13, 16, 19; Jr 11:4; Jn 14:15, 21; 15:10, 14; Ac 11:23; 1Jn 5:3.
 Gn 21:22; 39:2; 1S 18:5, 14; 2S 8:6, 14; 2K 16:7; 18:20; 2Ch 15:2; 31:21; 32:30; Ps 1:3; 46:11; 60:12; Mt 1:23; 28:20; Ac 7:9; Ro 8:31.
 2K 17:9; 1Ch 4:41; 2Ch 26:10; 28:18; Is 5:2; 14:29.
Samaria is carried captive for their sins.
9 ¶ And it came to pass² in the fourthº yearº of kingº Hezekiah,º which² [was] the seventhº yearº of Hosheaº sonº of Elahº kingº of Israel,º [that] Shalmaneserº kingº of Assyriaº came upºª against² Samaria,º and besiegedºª² it. 10 And at the endº² of threeº yearsº they tookºª it: [even] in the sixthº yearº of Hezekiah,º that² [is] the ninthº yearº of Hosheaº kingº of Israel,º Samariaº was taken.ºª 11 And the kingº of Assyriaº did carry awayºª² Israelº unto Assyria,º and putºª them in Halahº and in Haborº [by] the riverº of Gozan,º and in the citiesº of the Medes:º 12 Because²² they obeyedºª not² the voiceº of the LORDº their God,º but transgressedºª² his covenant,º [and]² all² that² Mosesº the servantº of the LORDº commanded,ºª and would not² hearºª [them], nor² doºª [them].
 2K 17:3, 4; 18:1; Ho 10:14.
 Ho 13:16; Am 3:11; 4:1; 6:7; 9:1; Mi 1:6; 6:16; 7:13.
 2K 17:6; 19:11; 1Ch 5:26; Is 7:8; 8:4; 9:9; 10:5, 11; 37:12; Ho 8:8; 9:3; Am 5:1, 6, 25; Ac 7:43.
 Nu 12:7; Dt 8:20; 11:28; 29:24; 31:17; 34:5; Jsh 1:1; 2K 17:7; Ne 9:17, 26; Ps 107:17; Is 1:19; Jr 3:8; 7:23; Dn 9:6; Mi 3:4; 2Th 1:8; 2Ti 2:24; He 3:5; 1P 2:8; 4:17.
Sennacherib invading Judah is pacified by a tribute.
13 ¶ Now in the fourteenthºº yearº of kingº Hezekiahº did Sennacheribº kingº of Assyriaº come upºª against² all² the fencedºª citiesº of Judah,º and tookºª them. 14 And Hezekiahº kingº of Judahº sentºª to² the kingº of Assyriaº to Lachish,º saying,ºª I have offended;ºª returnºª from²² me:² that which² thou puttestºª on² me will I bear.ºª And the kingº of Assyriaº appointedºª unto² Hezekiahº kingº of Judahº threeº hundredº talentsº of silverº and thirtyº talentsº of gold.º 15 And Hezekiahº gaveºª [him]² all² the silverº that was foundºª in the houseº of the LORD,º and in the treasuresº of the king'sº house.º 16 At that² timeº did Hezekiahº cut offºª [the gold from]² the doorsº of the templeº of the LORD,º and [from] the pillarsº which² Hezekiahº kingº of Judahº had overlaid,ºª and gaveºª it to the kingº of Assyria.º
 2Ch 32:1; Is 7:17; 8:7; 10:5; 36:1; Ho 12:1.
 1K 20:4; 2K 18:7; Pv 29:25; Lk 14:32.
 1K 15:15, 18; 2K 12:18; 16:8; 2Ch 16:2.
 1K 6:31; 2Ch 29:3.
Rab-shakeh, sent by Sennacherib again, revileth Hezekiah, and by blasphemous persuasions soliciteth the people to revolt.
17 ¶ And the kingº of Assyriaº sentºª² Tartanº and Rabsarisº and Rabshakehº from² Lachishº to² kingº Hezekiahº with a greatº hostº against Jerusalem.º And they went upºª and cameºª to Jerusalem.º And when they were come up,ºª they cameºª and stoodºª by the conduitº of the upperº pool,º which² [is] in the highwayº of the fuller'sºª field.º 18 And when they had calledºª to² the king,º there came outºª to² them Eliakimº the sonº of Hilkiah,º which² [was] over² the household,º and Shebnaº the scribe,ºª and Joahº the sonº of Asaphº the recorder.ºª 19 And Rabshakehº saidºª unto² them, Speakºª ye now² to² Hezekiah,º Thus² saithºª the greatº king,º the kingº of Assyria,º What² confidenceº [is] this² wherein² thou trustest?ºª 20 Thou sayest,ºª (but² [they are but] vainº words,)º [I have] counselº and strengthº for the war.º Now² on² whom² dost thou trust,ºª that² thou rebellestºª against me? 21 Now,² behold,² thou trustestºª upon² the staffº of this² bruisedºª reed,º [even] upon² Egypt,º on² which² if a manº lean,ºª it will goºª into his hand,º and pierceºª it: so² [is] Pharaohº kingº of Egyptº unto all² that trustºª on² him. 22 But if² ye sayºª unto² me, We trustºª in² the LORDº our God:º [is] not² that he,² whose²² high placesº and whose altarsº Hezekiahº hath taken away,ºª and hath saidºª to Judahº and Jerusalem,º Ye shall worshipºª beforeº this² altarº in Jerusalem?º 23 Now² therefore, I pray thee,² give pledges¹ª² to² my lordº the kingº of Assyria,º and I will deliverºª thee two thousandº horses,º if² thou be ableºª on thy part to setºª ridersºª upon² them. 24 How² then wilt thou turn awayºª² the faceº of oneº captainº of the leastº of my master'sº servants,º and put thy trustºª on² Egyptº for chariotsº and for horsemen?º 25 Am I now² come upºª withoutº² the LORDº against² this² placeº to destroyºª it? The LORDº saidºª to² me, Go upºª against² this² land,º and destroyºª it. 26 Then saidºª Eliakimº the sonº of Hilkiah,º and Shebna,º and Joah,º unto² Rabshakeh,º Speak,ºª I pray thee,² to² thy servantsº in the Syrian language;º for² we² understandºª [it]: and talkºª not² with² us in the Jews' languageº in the earsº of the peopleº that² [are] on² the wall.º 27 But Rabshakehº saidºª unto² them, Hath my masterº sentºª me to² thy master,º and to² thee, to speakºª² these² words?º [hath he] not² [sent me] to² the men¹² which sitºª on² the wall,º that they may eatºª² their own dung,ºª¹ and drinkºª² their own pissººª¹ with² you? 28 Then Rabshakehº stoodºª and criedºª with a loudº voiceº in the Jews' language,º and spake,ºª saying,ºª Hearºª the wordº of the greatº king,º the kingº of Assyria:º 29 Thus² saithºª the king,º Let not² Hezekiahº deceiveºª you: for² he shall not² be ableºª to deliverºª you out of his hand:º² 30 Neither² let Hezekiahº make you trustºª² in² the LORD,º saying,ºª The LORDº will surely¹ª deliverºª us, and² this² cityº shall not² be deliveredºª into the handº of the kingº of Assyria.º 31 Hearkenºª not² to² Hezekiah:º for² thus² saithºª the kingº of Assyria,º Makeºª [an agreement] with² me by a present,º and come outºª to² me, and [then] eatºª ye every manº of his own vine,º and every oneº of his fig tree,º and drinkºª ye every oneº the watersº of his cistern:º 32 Until² I comeºª and take you awayºª² to² a landº like your own land,º a landº of cornº and wine,º a landº of breadº and vineyards,º a landº of oilº oliveº and of honey,º that ye may live,ºª and not² die:ºª and hearkenºª not² unto² Hezekiah,º when² he persuadethºª you, saying,ºª The LORDº will deliverºª us. 33 Hath anyº of the godsº of the nationsº delivered¹ª at allºª² his landº out of the handº² of the kingº of Assyria?º 34 Where² [are] the godsº of Hamath,º and of Arpad?º where² [are] the godsº of Sepharvaim,º Hena,º and Ivah?º have they deliveredºª² Samariaº out of mine hand?º² 35 Who² [are] they among all² the godsº of the countries,º that² have deliveredºª² their countryº out of mine hand,º² that² the LORDº should deliverºª² Jerusalemº out of mine hand?º² 36 But the peopleº held their peace,ºª and answeredºª him not² a word:º for² the king'sº commandmentº was, saying,ºª Answerºª him not.² 37 Then cameºª Eliakimº the sonº of Hilkiah,º which² [was] over² the household,º and Shebnaº the scribe,ºª and Joahº the sonº of Asaphº the recorder,ºª to² Hezekiahº with [their] clothesº rent,ºª and toldºª him the wordsº of Rabshakeh.º
 2K 20:20; 2Ch 32:9; Is 7:3; 20:1; 22:9; 36:2.
 2S 8:16, 17; 20:24; 1K 4:3; 2K 19:2; 2Ch 34:8; Is 22:15, 20; 36:3, 22; 37:2.
 2K 18:22, 29; 19:10; 2Ch 32:7, 10, 14; Ps 4:2; Is 10:8; 36:4, 7; 37:10, 13; Dn 4:30.
 2K 18:14; Pv 21:30.
 2K 17:4; Is 30:2, 7; 31:1; 36:6; Jr 46:17; Ezk 29:6.
 2K 18:4, 5; 2Ch 31:1; 32:12; Is 36:7; Dn 3:15; Mt 27:43; 1Co 2:15.
 1S 17:42, 44; 1K 20:10, 18; Ne 4:2; Ps 123:3; Is 10:13; 36:8.
 Dt 17:16; 2K 18:21; Ps 20:7; Is 10:8; 31:1, 3; 36:6, 9; Jr 37:7; 42:14; Ezk 17:15, 17; Dn 2:37; 4:22, 37.
 1K 13:18; 2K 19:6, 22; 2Ch 35:21; Is 10:5; Am 3:6; Jn 19:10.
 Ezr 4:7; Is 36:11; Dn 2:4.
 Dt 28:53; 2K 6:25; Ps 73:8; Lm 4:5; Ezk 4:13, 15.
 2K 18:19; 2Ch 32:18; Ezr 7:12; Ps 47:2; Is 10:8; 36:13; Ezk 29:3; 31:3; Rv 19:6.
 2Ch 32:11, 15; Ps 73:8; Dn 3:15; 6:16; Jn 19:10; 2Th 2:4, 8.
 2K 18:22; 19:10, 22, 32; Ps 4:2; 11:1; 22:7; 71:9, 11; 125:1; Mt 27:43; Lk 23:35.
 Gn 32:20; 33:11; 1K 4:20, 25; Pv 18:16; Zc 3:10.
 Ex 3:8; Nu 13:26; 14:8; Dt 8:7; 11:12; 32:13; 2K 17:6, 23; 18:11, 29; 24:14; 25:11.
 2K 19:12, 17; 2Ch 32:14, 19; Is 10:10; 36:18.
 Nu 13:21; 2S 8:9; 2K 17:6, 23, 24, 30; 19:12, 13; Is 36:18; 37:11, 18; Jr 49:23.
 Ex 5:2; 2K 19:17; 2Ch 32:15; Jb 15:25; Is 10:15; 37:23; Dn 3:15.
 Ps 38:13; 39:1; Pv 9:7; 26:4; Am 5:13; Mt 7:6.
 Gn 37:29, 34; 2K 5:7; 22:11, 19; Jb 1:20; Is 33:7; 36:21; Jr 36:24; Mt 26:65.
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