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" men your master's sons, and come to « me to Jezreel by to-morrow this time :" (now the king's sons being seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, which brought them up.) 7. And it came to pass when the letter came to them, that they took the king's sons, and slew seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent him them to Jezreel. 8. And there came a messenger, and told him, saying, “ They have brought the heads of the “ king's sons.” And he said, “ Lay'ye " them in two heaps at the entring in of " the gate, until the morning.” 9. And it came to pass in the morning, that he went out, and stood, and said to all the people, “ Ye be righteous : behold, I con“spired against my master, and slew him: " but who slew all these ?

10. Know now, that there shall fall unto the earth “ nothing of the word (y) of the LORD, " which the LORD spake concerning the “ house of Ahab : for the Lord hath done " that which he spake by his servant 15 Elijah.” 11. So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his kinsfolks, and his priests, until he left none remaining. 12. And he arose and departed, and came to Samaria. And as he was at the shearing-house in the way, 13. Jehu met with the brethren of Ahaziah king of Judah, and said, “Who are ye?” And they answered, “ We are the brethren of " Ahaziah, and we go down to salute the "children of the king (z) and the children

14. And he said, “ Take them alive." And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of the shearing-house, even two and forty men; aeither left he any of them. 15. And when he was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechab, coming to meet him, and he saluted him, and said to him, “ Is thine heart right, as my heart * is with thine heart ?” °And Jehonadab answered, “ It is.” If it be, give me thine

“ hand :" and he gave him his hand, and he took him up to him into the chariot. 16. And he said, « Come with me, and see my “ zeal for the LORD:" so they made him ride in his chariot. 17. And when he came to Samaria, he slew all that remained unto Ahab in Samaria, till he had destroyed him, according to the (a) saying of the LORD, which he spake to Elijah. 18. And Jehu gathered all the people together, and said unto them, “ Ahab served Baal a little: but Jehu shall serve him much. 19. Now " therefore call unto me all the prophets o of Baal, all his servants, and all his " priests, let none be wanting: for I have

a great sacrifice to do to Baal; whoso“ ever shall be wanting, he shall not live." But Jehu did it in subtilty, to the intent that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal. 20. And Jehu said, “ Proclaim a “ solemn assembly for Baal.” And they proclaimed it. 21. And Jehu sent through all Israel, and all the worshippers of Baal came,

so that there was not man left that came not: and they came into the house of Baal; and the house of Baal was full from one end to another. 22. And he said unto him that was over

Bring forth vestments for “ all the worshippers of Baal.” And he brought them forth vestments. 23. And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab into the house of Baal, and said unto the worshippers of Baal, “ Search, 6 and look that there be here with you

none of the servants of the LORD, but “ the worshippers of Baal only." 24. And when they went in to offer sacrifices, and burnt-offerings, Jehu appointed fourscore men without, and said, “ If any of the « men whom I have brought into your “ hands, escape, he that letteth him go, his « life shall be for the life of him.” 25. And it came to pass as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt-offering, that Jehu said to the guard, and to the captain, 66 Go in, and slay them, let none come

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(y) v. 10. “ The word of the Lord.” See ante, 1 Kings xxi. 21. A denunciation against Ahab by the mouth of Elijah, to take away all his posterity, and to cut off all that belonged

(z) v. 13. “ King,” and “ “ Joram and his wife.”

(a) v. 17. “ The saying.” See note supra on verse 10.

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“ forth.” And they smote them with the edge of the sword, and the guard and the captains cast them out, and went to the city of the house of Baal. 26. And they brought forth the images out of the house of Baal, and burnt them. 27. And they brake down the image of Baal, and brake down the house of Baal, and made it a draught house unto (6) this day. 28. Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel. 29. Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the golden (c) calves that were in Bethel, and that were in Dan. 30. And the LORD said unto Jehu, “ Because thou hast done well “ in executing that which is right in mine

eyes, and hast done unto the house of " Ahab according to all that was in mine “ heart, thy children of the fourth

genera« tion shall sit on the throne of Israel,31. But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel, with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin. 32. In those days the LORD began to cut Israel short: and Hazael (d) smote them in all the coasts of Israel; 33. from Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, and the Reubenites, and the Manassites, from Aroer, (which is by the river Arnon) even Gilead and Bashan.

34. Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, and all that he did, and all his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel ? 35. And Jehu slept (e) with his fathers, and they buried him in Samaria, and Jehoahaz his son reigned in his stead. 36. And the time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria, was twenty and eight years.

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came to pass in the third of (f) Hoshea son of Elah kita Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahazo of Judah began to reign. 2. Twenty z five years old was he when he bez reign, and he reigned twenty and years in Jerusalem : his mother's sp. also was Abi, the daughter of Zackiza 3. And he did that which was right ?? sight of the LORD, according to all David his father (8) did. 4. moved (b) the high places (i) and brake, images, and cut down the groves, brake in pieces the brazen (6) serpent = i Moses had made : for unto those day children of Israel did burn incense to and he called it Nehushtan (1). z.! trusted in the LORD God of Israel, after him was none like him among 1 kings of Judah, nor any that were be him. 6. For he clave to the LORD, parted not from following him, but keps commandments, which the LORD manded Moses. 7. And the LORDFST. him, and he prospered whithersgere wentforth: and he rebelled against the day Assyria, and served him not. 8. Hesmos Philistines even unto Gaza, and the best

in thereof, from the tower of the students

1 to the fenced city. 9. And it came in the fourth year of king Hezek 1 was the seventh

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of Hoshea ss 1 king of Israel) that Shalmanesc make Assyria came up against Samaria e besieged it.

10. And at the end of the years they took it, even in the sixth Feno Hezekiah (that is the ninth year of Histos king of Israel) Samaria was taken. 11. 2:

(1) 0.4. “ The high places," and "

groves. Places of idolatrous « Groves"

were against the express injuries Deut. xvi. 21. “ Thou shalt not plant dentar grove

of trees near unto the altar os “ Lord thy God, which thou shalt make this

(k) v.4, “ The brazen serpent," wluce G ordered Moses to make at the time of their serpents, that whoever should look apur might live. See Numb. xxi. 7. 8. 9.

“ Nehushtan;" or brass ;" à serpent of brass; a thing of: value ; contemptuously ; to disparage it.

(m) v.9. “ Samaria." The capital of: kings of Israel.

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(6) v. 27; “ Unto this day," i. e. to the time when this account was written.

(c) v. 29. “Golden calves," as objects of 'worship. See 1 Kings xii. 27 to 29. and ante, * note on 1 Kings xiii. 1.

(d) 0.32.Hazael,” the king of Syria. (e) 0.35

“Slept." He died before Christ 856. (f) v.4.

« Third

year

of Hosea." Before Christ 726. (8)

· 3 “ Father," i. e. “ ancestor, foreos father."

(6) v.4: “ He removed, &c.” For a fuller detail of Hezekiah’s conduct and zeal, see 2 Chron, xxix, XXX. Xxxi.

(1) v.4.

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e king of Assyria did carry away (n) Israel ato Assyria, and put them in Halah, and Habor, by the river of Gozan, and in e cities of the Medes: 12. Because they

eyed not the voice of the LORD their ...d, but transgressed his covenant, and

that Moses the servant of the LORD mmanded, and would not hear them, nor them. 13. Now in the fourteenth (0) year king Hezekiah, did Sennacherib king of syria come up against all the fenced cities Judah, and took them. 14. And Heciah king of Judah sent to the king of syria to Lachish, saying, “ I have of. ended, return from me: that which hou puttest on me, I will bear." And

king of Assyria appointed unto Heze3 king of Judah, three hundred (o) tats of silver, and thirty talents (9) of gold.

And Hezekiah gave him all the silver I was found in the house of the LORD, in the treasures of the king's house. At that time did Hezekiah cut off the from the doors of the temple of the RD, and from the pillars which Hezekiah

of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to king of Assyria. 17. And the king of syria sent (r) Tartan and Rabsaris and 16-shakeh from Lachish to king Hezekiah Eth a great host against Jerusalem : And 'y went up and came to Jerusalem : And len they were come up, they came and od by the conduit of the upper pool, ich is in the highway of the fuller's d. 18. And when they had called to : king, there came out to them Eliakim : son of Hilkiah, which was over the usehold, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah ? son of Asaph the recorder. 19. And ab-shakeh said unto them, “Speak ye now to Hezekiah, “ Thus saith the great

« king, the king of Assyria, “What con« fidence is this wherein thou trustest? “ 20. Thou sayest, (but they are but vain “ words,) I have counsel and strength for " the war. Now on whom dost thou trust, “ that thou rebellest against me? 21. Now “ behold, thou trustest upon the staff of “ this bruised reed, even upon Egypt, on “ which if a man lean, it will go into his “ hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king “ of Egypt unto all that trust on him. " 22. But if ye say unto me, “ We trust " in the LORD our God: is not that he, “ whose high places, and whose altars “ Hezekiah hath taken away, and hath said « to Judah and Jerusalem, “ Ye shall “ worship before this altar in Jerusalem ?” “ 23. Now therefore, I pray thee, give “ pledges to my lord the king of Assyria, " and I will deliver thee two thousand " horses, if thou (s) be able on thy part to « set riders upon them. 24. How then wilt “ thou turn away the face of one (t) captain “ of the least of my master's servants, and “ put thy trust on Egypt for chariots and « for horsemen ? 25. Am I now come up

without the LORD against this place “ to destroy it? The LORD said to me, « Go up against this land, and destroy it.” 26. Then said Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna, and Joah, unto Rab-shakeh, “ Speak, I pray thee, to thy servants in “ the Syrian language, (for we under« stand it) and talk not with us in the “ Jews language, in the ears of the people “ that are on the wall.” 27. But Rabshakeh said unto them, “ Hath my master “ sent me to thy master, and to thee to " speak these words! hath he not sent me 66 to the men which sit on the wall, that “ they may eat their own dung, and drink

(n) v. 11. “ Carry away Israel.” Before arist 721. This terminated the kingdom of rael; and from this captivity the people never turned. After this period, the kingdom of dah (including the tribes of Judah and Benmin, and probably some families of the other bes) was the only remaining kingdom ; and e people belonging to it were called Jews. (0) v. 13. “ Fourteenth year.” Before Christ 3.

v.14. “ Three hundred talents of silver.” ather more than £100,000.

(9) v. 14.“ Thirty talents of gold.” Something more than £160,000.

(r) v. 17. “ Sent Tartan.” In about three years after Hezekiah's submission,

(s) v. 23. “ If thou be able.” An insinu. ation of the weakness to which Judah was reduced.

() v. 24.“ One captain.” Such is your condition, that you cannot stand even against a single captain of Sennacherib's forces.

“ their own piss with you ?" 28. Then their peace, and answered him not a word: Rab-shakeh stood and cried with a loud for the king's commandment was, saying, voice in the Jews language, and spake,

" Answer him not.” 37. Then came saying, “ Hear the word of the great king,

Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which eur " the king of Assyria. 29. Thus saith the over the household, and Shebna the scribes “ king, “Let not Hezekiah deceive you,

and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, ta 6 for he shall not be able to deliver you

Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told " out of his hand: 30. Neither let Heze- him the words of Rab-shakeh. “ kiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, “ The LORD will surely deliver us, and

CHAP. XIX. as this city shall not be delivered into | Aegokith heard it

, that he rent a “ the hand of the king of Assyria.”

31. Hearken not unto Hezekiah : for clothes, and covered himself with side “ thus saith the king of Assyria, “ Make cloth, and went into the house of

an agreement with me by a present and LORD. 2. And he sent Eliakim, whid

come out to me, and then eat ye every was over the household, and Shebna “ man of his own vine, and every one of scribe, and the elders of the priests, cores « his fig-tree, and drink ye every one with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet dhe “ the waters of his cistern : 32. Until I son of Amoz. 3. And they said unto his " come and take you away, to a land like « Thus saith Hezekiah, “ This day is a

your own land, a land of corn and wine, “ day of trouble, and of rebuke, and be « a land of bread and vineyards, a land phemy: for the children (a) are care “ oil-olive, and of honey, that ye may live « to the birth, and there is not strength « and not die: and hearken not unto “ bring forth. 4. It may be the la “ Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, " thy God will hear all the words & Ret“ saying, “ The LORD will deliver us.” « shakeh, whom the king of Assyrias

33. Hath any of the gods of the “ master hath sent to reproach the lasa “ nations delivered at all his land out “ God; and will reprove the words which “ of the hand of the king of Assyria. “ the LORD thy God hath heard: wherzu

34. Where are the gods of (u) Hamath, “ fore lift up thy prayer for the remnant. “ and (x) of Arpad ? where are the gods « that are left.” 5. So the servants : “ of Sephatvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have

king Hezekiah came to Isaiah. 6. And “ they delivered Samaria out of mine hand? Isaiah said unto them, “ Thus shall “ 35. Who are they among all the gods say to your master, Thus saith “ of the countries, that have delivered « LORD, “Be not afraid of the words “ their country out of mine hand, that the “ which thou hast heard, with which the « LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of “ servants of the king of Assyria bare “ mine hand ?” 36. But the people held « blasphemed me.

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(u) v. 34:

(6) v. 4.

“ The gods of the nations.” It was a persuasion amongst the heathens, that there were many gods, and that different gods presided over different nations.

(x) v. 34. “ Hamath, Arpad, Sepharvaim, 6 Henah, and Ivah." Places Sennacherib had subdued.

(y) v.1. Almost verbatim with Is. xxxvii. post. Before Christ 710.

(z) v. 1. “ It," i. e. “ the account he re« ceived of Rabshakeh's message in the pre“ ceding chapter."

(a) v. 3. "The children, &c." Probably a proverb, for great weakness : in as feeble a state as that of a woman who has accomplished

her full time for child-bearing, but has **
strength to bring forth. In Is. Ixvi. 9. 66
represented as saying, “ Shall I bring to the
“ birth, and not cause to bring forth?"
ing, probably, that whatever he has purposes
he has power to complete.

“ The remnant," i. e. the Jews The ten tribes, the subjects of the kings Israel, had been carried into captivity car about twelve years ; and in the time of Al. Hezekiah's father, the Edomites had smits Judah, and carried away captives

, the Phi stines had taken some of their cities and villes and the Lord had brought Israel low. 2 Corsa

xxviii. 17 to 19.

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" a blast upon him, and he shall hear a “ rumour, and shall return to his own « land ; and I will cause him to fall by 4 the sword in his own land.” 8. So Rab-shakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah : for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish. 9. And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia (c), “ Behold, he it is come out to fight against thee :” he jent messengers again unto Hezekiah, sayug, 10.“ Thus shall ye speak to Heze

kiah king of Judah, saying, “ Let not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive ! thee, saying, “ Jerusalem shall not be I delivered into the hand of the king of ! Assyria, 11. “Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly : and shalt thou be delivered ?

the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed; as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which were in Thelasar?

13. Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and " the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of * Hena, and Ivah ?”

14. And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, “ OʻLORD God of Israel, which * dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth, thou hast made heaven and earth. 16. LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, and see : and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God, '17. Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations, and

« their lands. 18. And have cast their “ gods into the fire: for they were no “ gods, but the work of men's hands, wood “ and stone : therefore they have destroyed " them. 19. Now therefore, O LORD « our God, I beseech thee, save thou us “ out of his hand, that all the kingdoms « of the earth may know that thou art the “ LORD God, even thou only.” 20. Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “ Thus saith the LORD God of « Israel, That which thou hast prayed to

me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, so I have heard. 21. This is the word 'that “ the LORD hath spoken concerning him, « The virgin, the daughter of Zion hath “ despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn, “ the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken “ her head at thee. 22, Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed ? and against ç whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and “ lifted up thine eyes on high ? even against “ the holy One of Israel. 23. By thy “ messengers thou hast reproached the “ Lord, and hast said, “ With the mul“ titude of my chariots I am come up to “ the height of the mountains, to the sides 6 of Lebanon, and will cut down the tall “ cedar-trees thereof, and the choice fir66 trees thereof : and I will enter into the « lodgings of his borders, and into the - forest of his Carmel. 24. I have digged, “ and drunk strange waters, and with the « sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places.

25. Hast " thou not heard long ago, how I have « done it, and of ancient times, that I • have formed it (d)? Now have I brought ~ it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay “ waste fenced cities into ruinous heaps. • 26. Therefore (e) their inhabitants were

of small power, they were dismayed “ and confounded, they were as the grass “ of the field, and as the green herb, as the

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the Assyrian “ the rod of mine anger;" in Ps. xvii. 13, 14, the ungodly are called, “ “ sword of God's," and "the men of his hand;' and in Ps. Ixxx. 17. God is appealed to, to take vengeance upon • the man of his right hand,"

“the son of man, whom he made se strong for himself.”

(e) v.26. “ Therefore, &c.” Why? because it was God's work, and Sennacherib, his tool,

and upon

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