2 Kings 16
Ahaz Reigns in Judah1In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah, Ahaz the son of Jotham, king of Judah, began to reign. 2Ahaz was a twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord his God, as his father David had done, 3but he walked in the way of the kings of Israel. b He even burned his son as an offering, ▼
▼Or made his son pass through the fired according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel. 4 e And he sacrificed and made offerings f on the high places and on the hills and under every green tree. 5 g Then Rezin king of Syria and h Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, came up to wage war on Jerusalem, and they besieged Ahaz i but could not conquer him. 6At that time Rezin the king of Syria recovered j Elath for Syria and drove the men of Judah from k Elath, and the Edomites came to Elath, where they dwell to this day. 7 l So Ahaz sent messengers to m Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, saying, “I am your servant and your son. Come up and rescue me from the hand of the king of Syria and from the hand of the king of Israel, who are attacking me.” 8Ahaz also n took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the Lord and in the treasures of the king’s house and sent a present to the king of Assyria. 9 o And the king of Assyria listened to him. The king of Assyria marched up against Damascus p and took it, carrying its people captive to q Kir, and he killed Rezin. 10When King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet r Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, he saw the altar that was at Damascus. And King Ahaz sent to s Uriah the priest a model of the altar, and its pattern, exact in all its details. 11And Uriah the priest built the altar; in accordance with all that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus, so Uriah the priest made it, before King Ahaz arrived from Damascus. 12And when the king came from Damascus, the king viewed the altar. t Then the king drew near to the altar and went up on it 13and burned his burnt offering and his grain offering and poured his drink offering and threw the blood of his peace offerings on the altar. 14And u the bronze altar that was before the Lord he removed v from the front of the house, from the place between w his altar and the house of the Lord, and put it on the north side of x his altar. 15And King Ahaz commanded Uriah the priest, saying, “On the great altar burn y the morning burnt offering and the evening grain offering and the king’s burnt offering and his grain offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their grain offering and their drink offering. And throw on it all the blood of the burnt offering and all the blood of the sacrifice, but z the bronze altar shall be for me to inquire by.” 16Uriah the priest did all this, as King Ahaz commanded. 17And King Ahaz cut off the frames of the stands and removed the basin from them, and he took down aa the sea ▼
▼Compare 1 Kings 7:23from off the bronze oxen that were under it and put it on a stone pedestal. 18And the covered way for the Sabbath that had been built inside the house and the outer entrance for the king he caused to go around the house of the Lord, because of the king of Assyria. 19Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz that he did, are they not written ac in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 20And Ahaz slept with his fathers and ad was buried with his fathers in the city of David, and Hezekiah his son reigned in his place.
2 Kings 18
Hezekiah Reigns in Judah1 ae In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah, king of Israel af Hezekiah the son of Ahaz, king of Judah, began to reign. 2He was ag twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was ah Abi the daughter of Zechariah. 3 ai And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that David his father had done. 4 aj He removed the high places and broke the ak pillars and cut down al the Asherah. And he broke in pieces am the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings to it (it was called Nehushtan). ▼
▼ Nehushtan sounds like the Hebrew for both bronze and serpent5 ao He trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel ap so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him. 6 aq For he held fast to the Lord. He did not depart from following him, but kept the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses. 7 ar And the Lord was with him; wherever he went out as he prospered. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and would not serve him. 8 at He struck down the Philistines as far as Gaza and its territory au from watchtower to fortified city. 9In the fourth year of King Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah, king of Israel, av Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against Samaria and besieged it, 10and at the end of three years he took it. In the sixth year of Hezekiah, which was the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was taken. 11The king of Assyria carried the Israelites away to Assyria and put them in aw Halah, and on the ax Habor, ay the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes, 12because they did not obey the voice of the Lord their God but transgressed his covenant, even all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded. They neither listened nor obeyed.
Sennacherib Attacks Judah13 az In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them. 14And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria at Lachish, saying, “I have done wrong; withdraw from me. Whatever you impose on me I will bear.” ba And the king of Assyria required of Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents ▼
▼A talent was about 75 pounds or 34 kilogramsof silver and thirty talents of gold. 15And Hezekiah bc gave him all the silver that was found in the house of the Lord and in the treasuries of the king’s house. 16At that time Hezekiah stripped the gold from the doors of the temple of the Lord and from the doorposts that Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid and gave it to the king of Assyria. 17And the king of Assyria sent the bd Tartan, the Rab-saris, and the Rabshakeh with a great army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. When they arrived, they came and stood by be the conduit of the upper pool, which is on the highway to the Washer’s Field. 18And when they called for the king, there came out to them bf Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and bg Shebnah the secretary, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder. 19And the Rabshakeh said to them, “Say to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: On what do you rest this trust of yours? 20Do you think that mere words are strategy and power for war? In whom do you now trust, that you have rebelled against me? 21Behold, you are trusting now in Egypt, that broken reed of bh a staff, which will pierce the hand of any man who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him. 22But if you say to me, “We trust in the Lord our God,” is it not he bi whose high places and altars Hezekiah has removed, saying to Judah and to Jerusalem, “You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem”? 23Come now, make a wager with my master the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses, if you are able on your part to set riders on them. 24How then can you repulse a single captain among the least of my master’s servants, when you trust in Egypt for chariots and for horsemen? 25Moreover, is it without the Lord that I have come up against this place to destroy it? The Lord said to me, Go up against this land, and destroy it.’” 26Then bj Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and bk Shebnah, and Joah, said to the Rabshakeh, “Please speak to your servants in bl Aramaic, for we understand it. Do not speak to us in the language of Judah within the hearing of the people who are on the wall.” 27But the Rabshakeh said to them, “Has my master sent me to speak these words to your master and to you, and not to the men sitting on the wall, who are doomed with you to eat their own dung and to drink their own urine?” 28Then the Rabshakeh stood and called out in a loud voice in the language of Judah: “Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria! 29Thus says the king: ‘Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you out of my ▼
▼Hebrew hishand. 30Do not let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord by saying, The Lord will surely deliver us, and this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.’ 31Do not listen to Hezekiah, for thus says the king of Assyria: ‘Make your peace with me ▼
▼Hebrew Make a blessing with meand come out to me. Then bo each one of you will eat of his own vine, and each one of his own fig tree, and each one of you will drink the water of his own cistern, 32until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, bp a land of grain and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and bq honey, that you may live, and not die. And do not listen to Hezekiah when he misleads you by saying, “The Lord will deliver us.” 33 br Has any of the gods of the nations ever delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? 34 bs Where are the gods of bt Hamath and bu Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and bv Ivvah? Have they delivered Samaria out of my hand? 35Who among all the gods of the lands have delivered their lands out of my hand bw that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?’” 36But the people were silent and answered him not a word, for the king’s command was, “Do not answer him.” 37Then bx Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah by with their clothes torn and told him the words of the Rabshakeh.
2 Kings 21
Manasseh Reigns in Judah1 bz Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. 2And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, ca according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel. 3For he rebuilt the high places cb that Hezekiah his father had destroyed, and he erected altars for Baal and made cc an Asherah, cd as Ahab king of Israel had done, ce and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. 4 cf And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said cg “In Jerusalem will I put my name.” 5And he built altars ch for all the host of heaven in ci the two courts of the house of the Lord. 6 cj And he burned his son as an offering ▼
▼Hebrew made his son pass through the fireand cl used fortune-telling and cm omens and dealt cn with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger. 7And the carved image of co Asherah that he had made he set in the house of which the Lord said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house, cp and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my name forever. 8 cq And I will not cause the feet of Israel to wander anymore out of the land that I gave to their fathers, if only they will be careful to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the Law that my servant Moses commanded them.” 9But they did not listen, and Manasseh led them astray to do more evil than the nations had done whom the Lord destroyed before the people of Israel.
Manasseh’s Idolatry Denounced10And the Lord said by his servants the prophets, 11 cr “Because Manasseh king of Judah has committed these abominations and has done things cs more evil than all that the Amorites did, who were before him, ct and has made Judah also to sin cu with his idols, 12therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing upon Jerusalem and Judah such disaster ▼
▼Or evilthat the ears of everyone who hears of it cw will tingle. 13 cx And I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line of Samaria, and the plumb line of the house of Ahab, and I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. 14And I will forsake the remnant of my heritage and give them into the hand of their enemies, and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies, 15because they have done what is evil in my sight and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came out of Egypt, even to this day.” 16 cy Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another, besides the sin cz that he made Judah to sin so that they did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. 17 da Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh and all that he did, and the sin that he committed, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 18 db And Manasseh slept with his fathers and was buried in the garden of his house dc in the garden of Uzza, and Amon his son reigned in his place.
Amon Reigns in Judah19Amon was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Meshullemeth the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah. 20And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, dd as Manasseh his father had done. 21He walked in all the way in which his father walked and served de the idols that his father served and worshiped them. 22 df He abandoned the Lord, the God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of the Lord. 23And the servants of Amon conspired against him and put the king to death in his house. 24But the people of the land struck down all those who had conspired against King Amon, and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his place. 25Now the rest of the acts of Amon that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 26And he was buried in his tomb dg in the garden of Uzza, and Josiah his son reigned in his place.
2 Kings 22
Josiah Reigns in Judah1 dh Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of di Bozkath. 2And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the way of David his father, dj and he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.
Josiah Repairs the Temple3In the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, son of Meshullam, the secretary, to the house of the Lord, saying, 4“Go up to dk Hilkiah the high priest, that he may count the money dl that has been brought into the house of the Lord, which dm the keepers of the threshold have collected from the people. 5 dn And let it be given into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the Lord, and let them give it to the workmen who are at the house of the Lord, repairing the house 6(that is, to the carpenters, and to the builders, and to the masons), and let them use it for buying timber and quarried stone to repair the house. 7But do no accounting shall be asked from them for the money that is delivered into their hand, for they deal honestly.”
Hilkiah Finds the Book of the Law8And Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found dp the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. 9And Shaphan the secretary came to the king, and reported to the king, “Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house and have delivered it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the Lord.” 10Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king. 11When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, dq he tore his clothes. 12And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and dr Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and ds Achbor the son of dt Micaiah, and Shaphan the secretary, and Asaiah the king’s servant, saying, 13“Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found. For great is du the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.” 14So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of dv Tikvah, son of dw Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in dx the Second Quarter), and they talked with her. 15And she said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: ‘Tell the man who sent you to me, 16Thus says the Lord, Behold, I will bring disaster upon this place and upon its inhabitants, all the words of the book that the king of Judah has read. 17 dy Because they have forsaken me and have made offerings to other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore dz my wrath will be kindled against this place, and it will not be quenched. 18But to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, thus shall you say to him, Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Regarding the words that you have heard, 19 ea because your heart was penitent, and you eb humbled yourself before the Lord, when you heard how I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they should become ec a desolation and ed a curse, and you ee have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, declares the Lord. 20Therefore, behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and ef you shall be gathered to your grave in peace, and your eyes shall not see all the disaster that I will bring upon this place.’” And they brought back word to the king.
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