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TIezekiah's prayer.

CHAP. XX. His prayer is answered. 339 stroyed; as Gozan and Haran, and Re- small power, they were dismayed and conzeph, and the children of Eden which || founded ; they were as the grass of the were in Thelasar?

field, and as the green herb, as the grass 13 Where is the king of Hamath, and on the house-tops, and as corn blasted bethe king of Arpad, and the king of the fore it be grown up city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah? 27 But I know thy abode, and thy go

14 And Hezekiah received the let- || ing out, and thy coming in, and thy rage ter of the hand of the messengers, and || against me. read it : and Hezekiah went up into the 28 Because thy rage against me and house of the LORD, and spread it before || thy tumult is come up into mine ears, the LORD.

|| therefore I will put my hook in thy 15 And Hezekiah prayed before the || nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I Lord, and said, O LORD God of Israel, will turn thee back by the way by whichi which dwellest between the cherubims, I thou camest. thou art the God, even thou alone, of 29 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast || shall eat this year such things as grow of made heaven and earth.

themselves, and in the second year that 16 Lorn, bow down thine ear, and which springeth of the same; and in the hear : open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: || third year sow ye, and reap, and plant and hear the words of Sennacherib, which vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof. hath sent him to reproach the living God. | 30 And the remnant that is escaped of

17 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of As- || the house of Judah shall yet again take syria have destroyed the nations and their root downward, and bear fruit upward. lands,

31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth 18 And have cast their gods into the a remnant, and they that escape out of fire; for they were no gods, but the mount Zion : the zeal of the LORD of work of men's hands, wood and stone : | hosts shall do this. therefore they have destroyed them.

32 Therefore thus saith the Lord con19 Now therefore, () LORD our God, cerning the king of Assyria, He shall not I beseech thee, save thou us out of his come into this city, nor shoot an arrow hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth thcre, nor come before it with shield, nok may know that thou art the LORD God, cast a bank against it. even thou only.

33 By the way that he came, by the 20 Then Ísaiah the son of Amoz sent same shall he return, and shall not come to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD into this city, saith the Lord. God of Israel, That which thou hast pray 34 For I will defend this city, to save ed to me against Sennacherib king of As- || it, for mine own sake, and for my servant syria I have heard.

David's sake. 21 This is the word that the Lord hath 35 1 And it came to pass that night, spoken concerning him; The virgin the that the angel of the LORD went out, daughter of Zion liath despised thee, and and smote in the camp of the Assyrians laughed thee to scorn ; the daughter of an hundred fourscore and five thousand : Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee. || and when they arose early in the morn

22 Whom hast thou reproached and | ing, behold, they were all dead corpses. blasphemed? and against whom hast thou 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria deexalted thy voice, and lifted up thine | parted, and went and rcturned, and dwelt eyes on high: even against the Holy One at Nineveh. of Israel.

37 And it came to pass, as lie was wor23 By thy messengers thou hast re- || shipping in the house of Nisroch his god, proached the LORD, and hast said, With that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons the multitude of my chariots I am come || smote him with the sword : and they up to the height of the mountains, to escaped into the land of Armenia. And the sides of Lebanon, and will cut down | Esar-haddon his son reigned in his stead. the tall cedar-trees thereof, and the

CHAP. XX. choice fir-trees thereof: and I will enter || 1 Hezekiah receiving a message of death, into the lodgings of his borders, and into by prayer hath his life lengthened. 8 the forest of his Carmel.

The sun goelh ten degrees backward 24 I have digged and drunk strange wa- | for a sign. 20 Manassch succeedeth ters, and with the sole of my feet have I ||

et have Il "Hezekiah. dried up all the rivers of besieged places. | IN those days was Hezek

IN those days was Hezekiah sick unto 25 Hast thou not heard long ago how ll death. And the prophet Isaiah the son I have done it, and of ancient times that of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, ! have formed it ? now have I brought Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay || order; for thou shalt die, and not live. waste fenced cities into ruinous heaps. 1 2 Then he turned his face to the wall,

26 Therefore their inhabitants were of ll and prayed into the Lorn, saving,

340 Hezekiah's recovery. II. KINGS: Manasseh's wicked rcign.

3 I beseech thee, O LORD, remember is in thine house, and that which thy fanow how I have walked before thee in thers have laid up in store unto this day, truth and with a perfect heart, and have shall be carried into Babylon : nothing done that which is good in thy sight. shall be left, saith the LORD. And Hezekiah wept sore.

18 And of thy sons that shall issue from 4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they gone out into the middle court, that the take away; and they shall be eunuchs in word of the Lord came to him, saying, the palace of the king of Babylon.

5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the 19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, captain of my people, Thus saith the Good is the word of the LORD which LORD, the God of David thy father, I || thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy ll good, if peace and truth be in my days? tears : behold, I will heal thee : on the 20 And the rest of the acts of Hezthird day thou shalt go up unto the house ekiah, and all his might, and how he of the LORD.

made a pool, and a conduit, and brought 6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen water into the city, are they not written years; and I will deliver thee and this in the book of the chronicles of the kings city out of the hand of the king of Assyr of Judah? ia ; and I will defend this city for mine 21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: own sake, and for my servant David's sake. and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead. 7 And Isaiah said, Take, a lump of

CHAP. XXI. figs. And they took and laid it on the 1 Manasseh's reign. 3 His great idolabile, and he recovered. ..

# try. 19 Amon's wicked reign. 23 He 8 And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, ll bring slain, Josiah is made king. What shall be the sign that the LORD will M ANASSEH vas twelve years old heal me, and that I shall go up into the 11 when he began to reign, and reignhouse of the LORD the third day?

ed fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And 9. And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou his mother's name was Hephzi-bah. have of the LORD, that the LORD will 2 And he did that which was evil in the do the thing that he hath spoken : shall sight of the LORD, after the abominations the shadow go forward ten degrees, or of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out go back ten degrees ?

before the children of Israel. 10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a 3 For he built up again the high places light thing for the shadow to go down which Hezekiah his father had destroyten degrees : nay, but let the shadow re- || ed; and he reared up altars for Baal, turn backward ten degrees.

and made a grove, as did Ahab king of 11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto Israel ; and worshipped all the host of the Lord: and he brought the shadow heaven, and served them. ten degrees backward, by which it had 4 And he built altars in the house of gone down in the dial of Ahaz.

the LORD, of which the LORD said, In 12 | Atthat time Berodach-baladan, the || Jerusalem will I put my name. son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent let 5 And he built altars for all the host of ters and a present unto Hezekiah : for he || heaven in the two courts of the house of had heard that Hezekiah had been sick. || the LORD.

13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto thein, 6 And he made his son pass through and shewed them all the house of his prec- || the fire, and observed times, and used enious things, the silver, and the gold, and chantments, and dealt with familiar spirthe spices, and the precious ointment, and its and wizards : he wrought much wickall the house of his armour, and all that edness in the sight of the Lord, to pro was found in his treasures : there was voke him to anger, nothing in his house, nor in all his domin 7 And he set a graven image of the ion, that Hezekiah shewed them not. grove that he had made in the house, of

14 | Then came Isaiah the prophet un which the LORD said to David, and to to king Hezekiah, and said unto him, Solomon his son, In this house, and in What said these men? and from whence Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of came they unto thee? And Hezekiah | all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name said, They are come from a far country for ever: even from Babylon.

8 Neither will I make the feet of Israel 15 And he said, What have they seen | move any more out of the land which I in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, 1. gave their fathers; only if they will obAll the things that are in mine house have serve to do according to all that I have they seen : there is nothing among my commanded them, and according to all treasures that I have not shewed them. the law that my servant Moses command

16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, led them. Hear the word of the LORD.

9 But they hearkened not : and Ma37 Behold, the days come, that all that Il nasseh seduced them to do more evil than

day.

Manasseh's death.

CHAP. XXII.

Josial's good reign. 341 did the nations whom the LORD destroy- || the book of the chronicles of the kings of ed before the children of Israel.

Judah ? 10 | And the LORD spake by his ser 26 And he was buried in his sepulchre vants the prophets, saying,

in the garden of Uzza : and Josiah his 11 Because Manasseh king of Judah son reigned in his stead. hath done these abominations, and hath

CHAP. XXII. done wickedly above all that the Amorites 1 Josiah's good reign. 3 He taketh care for did, which were before him, and hath the repair of the temple. 8 Hilkiah findmade Judah also to sin with his idols : eththe book of the law. 15 Huldah proph

12 Therefore thus saith the Lord God | esieth the destruction of Jerusalem. of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil | TOSIAH was eight years old when he upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoev-|| J began to reign, and he reigned thirty er heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle. Il and one years in Jerusalem. And his

13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem mother's name was Jedidah the daughter the line of Samaria, and the plummet of l of Adaiah of Boscath. the house of Ahab : and I will wipe Je 2 And he did that which was right in rusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping the sight of the Lord, and walked in all it, and turning it upside down.

| the way of David his father, and turned 14 And I will forsake the remnant of not aside to the right hand or to the left. mine inheritance, and deliver them into 3 1 And it came to pass in the eighthe hand of their enemies; and they shall | teenth year of king Josiah, that the king become a prey and a spoil to all their sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the enemies;

son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the house 15 Because they have done that which of the LORD, saying, was evil in my sight, and live provoked 4 Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, me to anger, since the day their fathers that he may sum the silver which is came forth out of Egypt, even unto this brought into the house of the LORD,

which the keepers of the door have gath16 Moreover, Minasseh shed innocent ered of the people : blood very much, till he had filled Jeru 5 And let them deliver it into the hand salem from one end to another; besides of the doers of the work, that have the his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, oversight of the house of the LORD: and in doing that which was evil in the sight || let them give it to the doers of the work, of the LORD.

which is in the house of the LORD, to 17 | Now the rest of the acts of Manas repair the breaches of the house, seh, and all that he did, and his sin that he 6 Unto carpenters, and builders, and sinned, are they not written in the book of masons, and to buy timber, and hewn the chronicles of the kings of Judah ? stone to repair the house.

18 And Manasseh slept with his fathers, 7 Howbeit, there was no reckoning and was buried in the garden of his own made with them of the money that was house, in the garden of Uzza: and Amon delivered into their hand, because they his son reigned in his stead."

dealt faithfully. 19 | Amon was twenty and two years 8 | And Hilkiah the high priest said old when he began to reign, and he reign unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found ed two years in Jerusalem. And his moth the book of the law in the house of the er's name was Meshullemeth, the daugh LORD. And Hilkiah gave the book to ter of Haruz of Jotbah.

| Shaphan, and he read it. 20 And he did that which was evil in 9 And Shaphan the scribe came to the the sight of the LORD, as his father Ma- || king, and brought the king word again, nasseh did.

and said, Thy servants have gathered the 21 And he walked in all the way that I money that was found in the house, and his father walked in, and served the have delivered it into the hand of them idols that his father served, and worship-|

that do the work, that have the oversight ped them :

of the house of the LORD. 22 And he forsook the Lord God of 10 And Shaphan the scribe shewed his fathers, and walked not in the way of the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath the Lord.

delivered me a book. And Shaphan read 23 9 And the servants of Amon con- it before the king. spii ed against him, and slew the king i 11 And it came to pass, when the king his own house.

had heard the words of the book of the 24 And the people of the land slew all law, that he rent his clothes. them that had conspired against king A 12 And the king commanded IIilkiah mon; and the people of the land made the priest, and Ahikam the son of Sha. Josiah his son king in his stead. . phan, and Achbor the son of Michaialı,

25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaliah a which he did, are they not written in ll servant of the king's, saying,

342 Jerusalern's destruction foretold. II. KINGS.

13 Goye, inquire of the LORD for me, Il commandments, and his testimonies, and and for the people, and for all Judah, his statutes, with all their heart and all concerning the words of this book that is their soul, to perform the words of this Found : for great is the wrath of the LORD || covenant that were written in this book. that is kindled against us, because our fa And all the people stood to the covenant. thers have not hearkened unto the words . 4 And the king commanded Hikialı of this book, to do according unto all that the high priest, and the priests of the which is written concerning us.

second order, and the keepers of the 14 So Hilkiah the pricst, and Ahikam, il door, to bring forth out of the temple and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, of the LORD all the vessels that were went unto Huldah the prophetess, the il made for Baal, and for the grove, and wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the | for all the host of heaven : and he burnson of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe ; ed them without Jerusalem in the fields (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the col- || of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them lege ;) and they communed with her. unto Beth-el.

15 T And she said unto them, Thus 5 And he put down the idolatrous saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell the priests, whom the kings of Judah had man that sent you to me,

ordained to burn incense in the high 16 Thus saith the LORD, Belold, I places in the cities of Judah, and in the will bring evil upon this place, and upon places round about Jerusalem; them also the inhabitants thereof, even all the words that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun,

hath read:

to all the host of heaven. 17 Because thcy have forsaken me, 6 And he brought out the grove from and have burned incense unto other gods, the house of the LORD, without Jerusathat they might provoke me to anger | lem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned with all the works of their hands; there- || it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it fore my wrath shall be kindled against small to powder, and cast the powder this place, and shall not be quenched. thereof upon the graves of the children

18 But to the king of Judah which of the people. sent you to inquire of the LORD, thus 7 And he brake down the houses of shall ye say to him, Thus saith the LORD the sodomites that were by the house of God of Israel, As touching the words the LORD, where the women wove hangwhich thou hast heard ;

| ings for the grove. 19 Because thine heart was tender, | 8 And he brought all the priests out and thou hast humbled thyself before the l of the cities of Judah, and defiled the LORD), when thou heardest what I spake | high places where the priests had burnt against this place, and against the inhab- || incense, from Geba to Beer-sheba, and itants thereof, that they should become brake down the high places of the gates a desolation and a curse, and hast rent that were in the entering in of the gate thy clothes, and wept before me; I also of Joshua the governor of the city, which have heard thee, saith the LORD.

were on a man's left hand at the gate of 20 Behold therefore, I will gather thee the city. unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gath 9 Nevertheless, the priests of the high ered into thy grave in peace; and thine places came not up to the altar of the eyes shall not see all the evil which I will LORD in Jerusalem, but they did eat bring upon this place. And they brought of the unleavened bread among their the king word again.

brethren. CHAP. XXIII.

10 And he defiled Topheth, which is 1 Josiah causeth the book of the law to be in the valley of the children of Hinnom,

read. 3 He reneweth the covenant of || that no man might make his son or his the Lord, 4 and destroyeth idolatry. daughter to pass through the fire to Mo AND the king sent, and they gathered | lech.

A unto him all the elders of Judah 11 And he took away the horses that and of Jerusalem.

the kings of Judah had given to the sun, 2 And the king went up into the house at the entering in of the house of the of the LORD, and all the men of Judah || LORD, by the chamber of Nathan-meand all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with lech the chamberlain, which was in the him, and the priests, and the propliets, suburbs, and burned the chariots of the and all the people, both small and great: sun with fire. and he read in their ears all the words of 12 And the altars that were on the the book of the covenant which was found top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which in the house of the LORD.

ll the kings of Judah had made, and the 3 [ And the king stood by a pillar, and altars which Manasseh had made in the made a covenant before the Lord, to two courts of the house of the LORD, did walk after the LORD, and to keep his ll the king beat down, and brake them

His zeal and reformatian. CHAP. XXIII. Josiah slain and buried. 543down from thence, and cast the dust of of the law which were written in the them into the brook Kidron.

book that Hilkiah the priest found in the 13 And the high places that were be- || house of the Lord. fore Jerusalem, which were on the right 25 And like unto him was there no hand of the mount of corruption, which | king before him, that turned to the LORD Solomon the king of Israel had builded with all his heart, and with all his soul, for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zi-l and with all his might, according to all donians, and for Chemosh the abomina- the law of Moses; neither after him ation of the Moabites, and for Milcom the rose there any like him. abomination of the children of Ammon, | 26 si Notwithstanding, the LORD turndid the king defile.

ed not from the fierceness of his great 14 And he brake in pieces the images, wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled and cut down the groves, and filled their against Judah, because of all the provocaplaces with the bones of men.

tions that Manasseh had provoked him * 15 Moreover, the altar that was at withal. Beth-el, and the high place which Jero- 27 And the Lord said, I will remove $uboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel dah also out of my sight, as I have removto sin, had made, both that altar and the ed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusahigh place he brake down, and burned | lem which I have chosen, and the house the high place, and stamped it small to of which I said, My name shall be there. powder, and burned the grove.

28 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and 16 And as Josiah turned himself, he || all that he did, are they not written in the spied the sepulchres that were there in book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? the mount, and sent, and took the bones | 29 | In his days Pharaoh-nechoh king out of the sepulchres, and burned them of Egypt went up against the king of Asupon the altar, and polluted it, according syria to the river Euphrates : and king to the word of the LORD which the man Josiah went against him; and he slew him

God proclaimed, who proclaimed these at Megiddo, when he had seen him. words.

30 And his servants carried him in a 17 Then he said, What title is that chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought that I see? And the men of the city told him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his him, It is the sepulchre of the man of own sepulchre. And the people of the God, which came from Judah, and pro- land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and claimed these things that thou hast done anointed him, and made him king in his against the altar of Beth-el.

father's stead. 18 And he said, Let him alone; let no 31 s Jehoahaz was twenty and three man move his bones. So they let his years old when he began to reign; and bones alone, with the bones of the proph- || he reigned three months in J

| he reigned three months in Jerusalem. et that came out of Samaria.

| And his mother's name was Hamutal, 19 And all the houses also of the high the daughter of Jeremiahı of Libnah. places that were in the cities of Samaria, 52 And he did that which was evil in which the kings of Israel had made to the sight of the Lord), according to all provoke the LORD to anger, Josiah took that his father's had done. away, and did to them according to all 33 And Pharaoh-nechoh put him in the acts that he had done in Beth-el. bands at Riblah in the land of Hamath,

20 And he slew all the priests of the that he might not reign in Jerusalem ; and high places that were there upon the al- ' put the land to a tribute of an hundred tars, and burnt mer's hones upon them, talents of silver, and a talent of gold. and returned to Jerusalem.

34 And Pharaoh-nechoh made Eliakim 21 And the king commandled all the the son of Josiah king in the room of Jopeople, saying, Keep the passover unto siah his father, and turned his name to the LORD your God, as it is written in Jehoiakim, and took Jehoahsz away: and the book of this covenant.

he came to Egypt, and died there. 22 Surely there was not holden such a t 35 And Jehoiakim gare the silver and passover from the days of the judges that the gold to Pharaoh ; but he taxed the judged Israel, nor in all the days of the land to give the money according to the kings of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah ; ll commandment of Pharaoli: he exacted

23. But in the eighteenth year of king the silver and the gold of the people of Josiah, wherein this passover was holden the land, of every one according to his to the Lord in Jerusalem.

taxation, to give it unto Pharaoh-necho. 24 1 Moreover, the workers a:ith fa- 1 36 Jehoiakim as twents and five miliar spirits, and the wizards, and the 1 years old when he began to reign ; and images, and the idols, and all the abom he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.

tions that were spied in the land of And his mother's name was Zebudah, Sudan and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put | the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah. away, that he might perform the words!! 37 And he did that which was evil in

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