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Israel is subdued and II. KINGS. carried into captivity. CHAPTER XVII.

and groves in every high hill, and Hoshea's wicked reign. 3 Being subdued by Shat under every green tree: maneser, he conspireth against him with So king 11 And there they burnt incense subdued and carried into captivity. 24 The in all the high places, as did the strange nations which were transplanted to Sa heathen whom the LORD carried maria. 25 Being plagued with lions, they par. tially introduce the worship of the true God. away before them; and wrought

the twelfth year of Ahaz king wicked things to provoke the Lori

of Judah began Hoshea the son to anger: of Elah to reign in Samaria over Is- 12 For they served idols, whereo rael nine years.

the Lord had said unto them, Y 2 And he did that which was evil shall not do this thing. in the sight of the LORD, but not as 13 Yet the Lord testified agains the kings of Israel that were before Israel, and against Judah, by all th him.

prophets, and by all the seers, say 3 Against him came up Shalma- ing, Turn ye from your evil way neser king of Assyria ; and Hoshea and keep my commandments an became his servant, and gave him my statutes, according to all the la presents.

which I commanded your fathe 4 And the king of Assyria found and which I sent to you by my ser conspiracy in Hoshea : for he had ants the prophets. sent messengers to So king of Egypt, 14 Notwithstanding, they wou and brought no present to the king not hear, but hardened their neel of Assyria, as he had done year by like to the neck of their fathe year: therefore the king of Assyria that did not believe in the Lo shut him up, and bound him in their God. prison.

15 And they rejected his statut 5 Then the king of Assyria came and his covenant that he made w up throughout all the land, and went their fathers, and his testimon up to Samaria, and besieged it three which he testified against the years.

and they followed vanity, and 6 In the ninth year of Hoshea the came vain, and went after the h king of Assyria took Samaria, and then that were round about th carried Israel away into Assyria, concerning whom the LORD and placed them in Halah and in charged them, that they should Habor by the river of Gozan, and in do like them. the cities of the Medes.

16 And they left all the comma 7 For so it was, that the children ments of the Lord their God, of Israel had sinned against the made them molten images, Lord their God, which had brought two calves, and made a grove, them up out of the land of Egypt, worshipped all the host of hea from under the hand of Pharaoh and served Baal. king of Egypt, and had feared other 17 And they caused their sons gods,

their daughters to pass through 8 And walked in the statutes of fire, and used divination and the heathen, whom the LORD cast chantments, and sold themselve out from before the children of Is- do evil in the sight of the LOR rael, and of the kings of Israel, provoke him to anger. which they had made.

18 Therefore the Lord was 9 And the children of Israel did angry with Israel, and rem secretly those things that were not them out of his sight: there right against the LORD their God, none left but the tribe of Judah and they built them high places in 19 Also Judah kept not the all their cities, from the tower of the mandments of the LORD their watchmen to the fenced city. but walked in the statutes of I 10 And they set them up images which they made.

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The mixed worship

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of the Samaritans 20 And the LORD rejected all the the houses of the high places which seed of Israel, and afflicted them, the Samaritans had made, every naand delivered them into the hand of tion in their cities wherein they spoilers, until he had cast them out dwelt. of his sight.

30 And the men of Babylon made 21 For be rent Israel from the Succoth-benoth, and the men of Cuth house of David; and they made made Nergal, and the men of HaJeroboam the son of Nebat king: math made Ashima, and Jeroboam drave Israel from 31 And the Avites made Nibhaz following the LORD, and made them and Tartak, and the Sepharvites sin a great sin.

burnt their children in fire to Ad22 For the children of Israel walk- rammelech and Anammelech, the ed in all the sins of Jeroboam which gods of Sepharvaim. he did; they departed not from 32 So they feared the LORD, and them;

made unto themselves of the lowest
23 Until the Lord removed Israel of them priests of the high places,
out of his sight, as he had said by which sacrificed for them in the
all his servants the prophets. So houses of the high places.
was Israel carried away out of their 33 They feared the LORD, and serv
own land to Assyria unto this day. ed their own gods, after the manner

24 And the king of Assyria of the nations whom they carried
brought men from Babylon, and from away from thence,
Cuthah, and from Ava, and from 34 Unto this day they do after the
Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and former manners: they fear not the
placed them in the cities of Samaria Lord, neither do they after their
instead of the children of Israel: statutes, or after their ordinances, or
and they possessed Samaria, and after the law and commandment
dwelt in the cities thereof.

which the LORD commanded the
25 And so it was at the beginning children of Jacob, whom he named
of their dwelling there, that they Israel ;
feared not the LORD: therefore the 35 With whom the LORD had made
LORD sent lions among them, which a covenant, and charged them, say-
slew some of them.

ing, Ye shall not fear other gods, nor 26 Wherefore they spake to the bow yourselves to them, nor serve king of Assyria, saying, The nations them, nor sacrifice to them: which thou hast removed, and placed 36 But the LORD, who brought you in the cities of Samaria, know not up out of the land of Egypt with the manner of the God of the land: great power and a stretched out arm, therefore he hath sent lions among him shall ye fear, and him shall ye them, and, behold, they slay them, worship, and to him shall ye do sacbecause they know not the manner rifice. of the God of the land.

37 And the statutes, and the ordi27 Then the king of Assyria com- nances, and the law, and the commanded, saying, Carry thither one mandment, which he wrote for you, of the priests whom ye brought from ye shall observe to do for evermore; thence; and let them go and dwell and ye shall not fear other gods. there, and let him teach them the 38 And the covenant that I have manner of the God of the land. made with you ye shall not forget; 28 Then one of the priests whom neither shall ye fear other gods. they had carried away from Sama 39 But the LORD

your
God

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shall ria came and dwelt in Beth-el, and fear; and he shall deliver you out taught them how they should fear of the hand of all your enemies. the LORD.

40 Howbeit they did not hearken, 29 Howbeit every nation made but they did after their former mangods of their own, and put them in ner.

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Reign of Hezekiah.

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Invasion of Judah 41 So these nations feared the of Hezekiah, that is the ninth year LORD, and served their graven im- of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria ages, both their children, and their was taken. children's children: as did their fa 11 And the king of Assyria did thers, so do they unto this day. carry away Israel unto Assyria, and

put them in Halah and in Habor by CHAPTER XVIII.

the river of Gozan, and in the cities Hezekiah's good reign. , 4 He destroyeth idolatry; of the Medes: and prospereth. 9 The ten tribes are carried aray captive for their sins. 13 Sennacherib in 12 Because they obeyed not the vading Indah is pociped by a tribute.17 Rah voice of the LORD their God, but shakeh, sent by Sennacherib, revileth Hezekiah, and exhorteth the people to revolt.

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year of Hoshea son of Elah king commanded, and would not hea of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of them, nor do them. Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 13 | Now in the fourteenth yea

2 Twenty and five years old was of king Hezekiah did Sennacheri he when he began to reign; and he king of Assyria come up against al reigned twenty and nine years in Je- the fenced cities of Judah, and too rusalem. His mother's name also them. was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah. 14 And Hezekiah king of Juda

3 And he did that which was right sent to the king of Assyria to L in the sight of the Lord, according chish, saying, I have offended; r to all that David his father did. turn from me: that which thou

4 He removed the high places, and test on me will I bear. And the kir brake the images, and cut down the of Assyria appointed unto Hezekia groves, and brake in pieces the braz- king of Judah three hundred talen en serpent that Moses had made: of silver and thirty talents of gold for unto those days the children of 15 And Hezekiah gave him all t! Israel did burn incense to it: and he silver that was found in the hou called it Nehushtan.

of the LORD, and in the treasures 5 He trusted in the Lord God of the king's house. Israel ; so that after him was none 16 At that time did Hezekiah like him among all the kings of Ju- off the gold from the doors of dah, nor any that were before him. temple of the LORD, and from

6 For he clave to the Lord, and pillars which Hezekiah king of departed not from following him, but dah had overlaid, and gave it to kept his commandments, which the king of Assyria, LORD commanded Moses.

17 And the king of Assyria 7 And the LORD was with him ; Tartan and Rabsaris and Rab-s and he prospered whithersoever he keh from Lachish to king Hezek went forth: and he rebelled against with a great host against Jerusal the king of Assyria, and served him and they went up and came to not.

rusalem. And when they were c 8 He smote the Philistines, even up, they came and stood by the unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, duit of the upper pool, which from the tower of the watchmen to the highway of the fuller's field the fenced city.

18 And when they had calle 9 And it came to pass in the the king, there came out to fourth year of king Hezekiah, which Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, w was the seventh year of Hoshea son was over the household, and Sh of Elah king of Israel, that Shal- the scribe, and Joah the son of A maneser king of Assyria came up the recorder. against Samaria, and besieged it. 19 And Rab-shakeh said unto

10 And at the end of three years Speak ye now to Hezekiah, they took it: even in the sixth year saith the great king, the kir

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Rab-shakeh exhorteth

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the people to revolt. Assyria, What confidence is this Hezekiah deceive you : for he shall wherein thou trustest?

not be able to deliver you out of his 20 Thou sayest, (but they are but hand : vain words, I have counsel and 30 Neither let Hezekiah make you strength for the war. Now on trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD whom dost thou trust, that thou re- will surely deliver us, and this city bellest against me?

shall not be delivered into the hand 21 Now, behold, thou trustest upon of the king of Assyria. the staff of this bruised reed, even 31 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for upon Egypt, on which if a man lean, thus saith the king of Assyria, Make it will go into his hand, and pierce an agreement with me by a present, it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt un- and come out to me, and then eat ye to all that trust on him.

every man of his own vine, and every 22 But if ye say unto me, We trust one of his fig tree, and drink ye every in the LORD our God: is not that one the waters of his cistern: he, whose high places and whose 32 Until I come and take you away altars Hezekiah hath taken away, to a land like your own land, a land and hath said to Judah and Jerusa- of corn and wine, a land of bread lem, Ye shall worship before this and vineyards, a land of oil olive and altar in Jerusalem ?

of honey, that ye may live, and not 23 Now therefore, I pray thee, give die: and hearken not unto Hezekipledges to my lord the king of As- ah, when he persuadeth you, saying, syria, and I will deliver thee two The LORD will deliver us. thousand horses, if thou be able on 33 Hath any of the gods of the thy part to set riders upon them. nations delivered at all his land out 24 How then wilt thou turn away of the hand of the king of Assyria ? the face of one captain of the least 34 Where are the gods of Hamath, of my master's servants, and put thy and of Arpad ? where are the gods trust on Egypt for chariots and for of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? horsemen ?

have they delivered Samaria out 25 Am I now come up without the of mine hand ? Lord against this place to destroy 35 Who are they among all the it? The Lord said to me, Go up gods of the countries, that have deagainst this land, and destroy it. livered their country out of mine 26 Then said Eliakim the son of hand, that the LORD should deliver Hilkiah, and Shebna, and Joah, un- Jerusalem out of mine hand ? to Rab-shakeh, Speak, I pray thee,

36 But the people held their peace, to thy servants in the Syrian lan- and answered him not a word : for guage ; for we understand it: and the king's commandment was, saytalk not with us in the Jews' lan- ing, Answer him not. guage in the ears of the people that 37 Then came Eliakim the son of are on the wall.

Hilkiah, which was over the house27 But Rab-shakeh said unto them, hold, and Shebna the scribe, and Hath my master sent me to thy mas- Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, ter, and to thee, tospeak these words? | to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, hath he not sent me to the men which and told him the words of Rab-shasit on the wall, that they may eat keh. their own dung, and drink their own

CHAPTER XIX. piss with you?

Hezekiah sendeth to Isaiah to pray for deliverance. 28 Then Rab-shakeh stood and

6 Isaiah comforteth him. 8 Sennacherib sen deth

a blasphemous letter to Hezekiah. 14 Hezekiah's cried with a loud voice in the Jews' prayer. 20 Isaiah foretelleth the destruction of language, and spake, saying, Hear

Sennacherib, and the safety of Zion. 35 An an.

gel slayeth the Assyrians. 36 Sennacherib is the word of the great king, the king

slain at Nineveh by his own sons. of Assyria: 29 Thus saith the king, Let not AND it came to pass, when king

Hezekiah heard it, that he rent

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Hezekiah's prayer his clothes, and covered himself with livered them which my fathers have sackcloth, and went into the house destroyed; as Gozan, and Haran, an of the LORD.

Rezeph, and the children of Edei 2 And he sent Eliakim, which was which were in Thelasar? over the household, and Shebna the 13 Where is the king of Hamath scribe, and the elders of the priests, and the king of Arpad, and the kin covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena prophet the son of Amoz.

and Ivah? 3 And they said unto him, Thus 14 And Hezekiah received the le saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of ter of the hand of the messenger trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphe- and read it: and Hezekiah wer my: for the children are come to up into the house of the Lord, am the birth, and there is not strength spread it before the LORD. to bring forth,

15 And Hezekiah prayed before th 4 It may be the LORD thy God LORD, and said, O LORD God of Isr will hear all the words of Rab-sha- el, which dwellest between the che keh, whom the king of Assyria his ubim, thou art the God, even the master hath sent to reproach the liv- alone, of all the kingdoms of t ing God; and will reprove the words earth; thou hast made heaven a which the Lord thy God hath heard: earth. wherefore lift up thy prayer for the 16 LORD, bow down thine ear, a remnant that are left.

hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, a 5 So the servants of king Hezekiah see: and hear the words of S came to Isaiah.

nacherib, which hath sent him 6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus reproach the living God. shall ye say to your master, Thus 17 Of a truth, LORD, the kings saith the Lord, Be not afraid of the Assyria have destroyed the nati words which thou hast heard, with and their lands, which the servants of the king of 18 And have cast their gods i Assyria have blasphemed me. the fire: for they were no gods,

7 Behold, I will send a blast upon the work of men's hands, wood him, and he shall hear a rumour, and stone: therefore they have destro shall return to his own land; and I them. will cause him to fall by the sword 19 Now therefore, O LORD our in his own land.

I beseech thee, save thou us ou 8 T So Rab-shakeh returned, and his hand, that all the kingdom found the king of Assyria warring the earth may know that thou against Libnah: for he had heard the LORD God, even thou only. that he was departed from Lachish. 20 | Then Isaiah the son of A

9 And when he heard say of Tir- sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus hakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he the LORD God of Israel, That v is come out to fight against thee; thou hast prayed to me against he sent messengers again unto Hez- nacherib king of Assyria I ekiah, saying,

heard. 10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah 21 This is the word that the king of Judah, saying, Let not thy hath spoken concerning him God in whom thou trustest deceive virgin the daughter of Zion thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be despised thee, and laughed th delivered into the hand of the king scorn; the daughter of Jeru of Assyria.

hath shaken her head at thee. 11 Behold, thou hast heard what 22 Whom hast thou reproach the kings of Assyria have done to all blasphemed? and against who lands, by destroying them utterly: thou exalted thy voice, and lif and shalt thou be delivered?

thine eyes on high ? even agai 12 Have the gods of the nations de- Holy One of Israel.

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