2 Kings 18

CHAPTER 18

Hezekiah Reigns in Judah

And it came to pass in [2year 1the third] of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, [6reigned 1Hezekiah 2son 3of Ahaz 4king 5of Judah]. [2a son 3\Eit being 4and 5five 6years old 1He was] in his taking reign, and twenty and nine years he reigned in Jerusalem. And the name of his mother was Abi, daughter of Zachariah. And he did upright in the eyes of the  lord, according to all as much as [3did 1David 2his father]. He removed the high places, and he broke the monuments, and [2the 3sacred groves 1he cut down], and he cut up the serpent of brass which Moses made; for unto those days [4were 1the 2sons 3of Israel] burning incense to it. And he called it Nehushtan. In the  lord God of Israel he hoped, there was not [3after 4him 1one likened 2to him] among the kings of Judah, and among the ones taking place before him. And he cleaved to the  lord. He did not leave from behind him, and he guarded his commandments, as many as the  lord gave charge to Moses. And the  lord was with him; in all the things which he did he perceived. And he annulled allegiance to the king of the Assyrians, and he did not serve to him. He struck the Philistines unto Gaza, and unto its border, from the tower of the ones guarding, and unto [2city 1the fortified]. And it came to pass in the [2year 1fourth] to king Hezekiah, this is [3year 1the 2seventh] of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, ascended Shalmaneser king of the Assyrians against Samaria, and assaulted it. 10 And he overtook it at the end of three years. In [2year 1the sixth] of Hezekiah -- this is [2year 1the ninth] of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was seized. 11 And [3resettled 1the king 2of the Assyrians] the Samarian into Assyria, and he put them in Halah, and in Habor by the river Gozan, and in the mountains of the Medes; 12 because they did not hearken to the voice of the  lord their God, and they violated his covenant, all as much as he gave charge to Moses the manservant of the  lord; and they did not hearken, and they did not do.

Sennacherib Wars with Judah

13 And in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah [4ascended 1Sennacherib 2king 3of the Assyrians] against the [2cities 3of Judah 1fortified], and he seized them. 14 And [4sent 1Hezekiah 2king 3of Judah] messengers to the king of the Assyrians, to Lachish, saying, I have sinned, turn from me! What ever you should place upon me I will bear. And [4placed a tribute 1the 2king 3of the Assyrians] upon Hezekiah king of Judah of three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold. 15 And Hezekiah gave all the silver he found in the house of the  lord, and in the treasuries of the house of the king. 16 In that time [4cut off 1Hezekiah 2king 3of Judah] the doors of the temple of the  lord, and the supports which [5gilded 1Hezekiah 2the 3king 4of Judah], and gave them to the king of the Assyrians. 17 And [3sent 1the king 2of the Assyrians] Tartan, and Rabsaris, and Rabshakeh from Lachish to king Hezekiah with [2force 1a heavy] to Jerusalem. And they ascended, and came to Jerusalem. And they stood by the aqueduct of the upper pool, which is in the way of the field of the fuller. 18 And they yelled to Hezekiah. And [6came 7to 8them 1Eliakim 2son 3of Hilkiah 4the 5manager], and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the one taking record. 19 And [2said 3to 4them 1Rabshakeh], Say indeed to Hezekiah, Thus says the [2king 1great], the king of the Assyrians, What is this reliance which you yield on? 20 How then do words of the lips and counsel [2the battle array 1become] for war? Now then, upon whom are you relying upon, that you annulled allegiance to me? 21 Behold, are you [2relying 1yourself] upon [3rod 4of reed 2fractured 1this] -- upon Egypt? Thus if [2should stay 1man] upon it, it will enter into his hand and puncture it. Thus is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all the ones relying upon him. 22 And if you should say to me, Upon the  lord our God we rely on. Is it not he that Hezekiah removed his high places and his altars, and he said to Judah and to Jerusalem, Before this altar you shall do obeisance in Jerusalem? 23 And now mix in with my master the king of the Assyrians, and I will give to you two thousand horses -- if you shall be able to put for yourself a rider upon them. 24 And how will you turn back the face [2toparch 1of one] of the [2servants 3of my master 1least of the], and hope for yourself upon Egypt for chariots and horsemen? 25 And now, is it without the  lord that we ascended against this place to utterly destroy it? The  lord said to me, Ascend against this land and utterly destroy it! 26 And [8said 1Eliakim 2son 3of Hilkiah 4and 5Shebna 6and 7Joah] to Rabshakeh, Speak indeed to your servants in Syrian! for we hear. And do not speak with us in Jewish to the ears of the people upon the wall! 27 And [2said 3to 4them 1Rabshakeh], Is it to your master, and to you [2sent 3me 1my master] to speak these words? Is it not to the men, the ones sitting upon the wall, to eat their dung, and to drink their urine with you together? 28 And Rabshakeh stood and yelled [2voice 1with a great] in Jewish, and spoke, and he said, Hear the words of the king, of the great king of the Assyrians! 29 Thus says the king, Let not [2lift 3you 1Hezekiah]! for in no way should he be able to rescue you from out of my hand. 30 And let not [2raise your hope 1Hezekiah] unto the  lord! saying, In rescuing, [3will rescue 4us 1the 2  lord], and and in no way shall [2be delivered 1this city] into the hand of the king of the Assyrians. 31 Do not listen to Hezekiah! for thus says the king of the Assyrians, Do for me a blessing, and come forth to me! and [2shall eat 1each] of his grapevine, and each of his fig tree, and [2shall drink 1each] water of his well; 32 until whenever I should come, and I should take you into a land as your land, a land of grain and wine and bread and vineyards, a land of olive oil and honey, and you shall live and you shall not die. And do not listen to Hezekiah! for he deceives you, saying, The  lord shall deliver you. 33 Have by rescuing [5rescued 1the 2gods 3of the 4nations] each his land from out of the hand of the king of the Assyrians? 34 Where is the god of Hamath, and Arphad? Where is the god of Sepharvaim -- Hena and Ivah? Did they deliver Samaria from out of my hand? 35 Who among all the gods of the lands is the one who rescued his land from out of my hand, that the  lord shall rescue Jerusalem from out of my hand? 36 And they kept silent, and did not answer him a word, because of the commandment of the king, saying, You shall not answer him. 37 And [6entered 1Eliakim 2son 3of Hilkiah 4the 5manager], and Shebna the scribe, and Joah son of Asaph the one recording to Hezekiah tearing their garments. And announced to him the words of Rabshakeh.
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