2 Kings 18:1-10

1In the third year of Israel’s King Hoshea a son of Elah, Hezekiah b son of Ahaz became king of Judah. 2He was 25 years old when he became king and reigned 29 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abi
= Abijah in 2Ch 29:1
daughter of Zechariah.
3He did what was right in the Lord’s sight just as his ancestor David had done. d 4He removed the
high place(s): An ancient place of worship most often associated with pagan religions, usually built on an elevated location
high places, shattered the sacred pillars, and cut down the
Asherah(s): A Canaanite fertility goddess, who was the mother of the god Baal; also the wooden poles associated with the worship of her
Asherah poles. g He broke into pieces the bronze snake that Moses made, h for the Israelites burned incense to it up to that time. He called it Nehushtan.
= A bronze thing

5Hezekiah trusted in the Lord God of Israel; j not one of the kings of Judah was like him, either before him or after him. k 6He remained faithful to
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
Yahweh m and did not turn from following Him but kept the commands the Lord had commanded Moses.

7The Lord was with him, and wherever he went he prospered. n He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. o 8 He defeated the Philistines as far as Gaza and its borders, p from watchtower q to fortified city.

Review of Israel’s Fall

9 In the fourth year of King Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of Israel’s King Hoshea son of Elah, Shalmaneser king of Assyria marched against Samaria and besieged it. r 10The Assyrians captured it at the end of three years. In the sixth year of Hezekiah, which was the ninth year of Israel’s King Hoshea, Samaria was captured.
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