Page images

Manasseh's reign and idolatry. CHAP. XXI, XXII. Amon's wicked reign. into the city, are they not written in thel 14 And I will forsake the remnant of book of the chronicles of the kings of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the Judah ?

hand of their enemies; and they shall be21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: come a prey and a spoil to all their enemies; and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead. 15 Because they have done that which CHAP. XXI.

was evil in my sight, and have provoked when he began to reign, and reign- came forth out of Egypt, even unto this ed fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And day. his mother's name was Hephzi-bah. 16 Moreover, Manasseh shed innocent

2 And he did that which was evil in the blood very much, till he had filled Jerusasight of the Lord, after the abominations lem from one end to another; besides his of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in before the children of Israel.

doing that which was evil in the sight of 3 For he built up again the high places the LORD. wbich Hezekiah his father had destroyed; 17 Now the rest of the acts of Manasand he reared up altars for Baal, and made seh, and all that he did, and his sin that a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and he sinned, are they not written in the book worshipped all the host of beaven, and of the chronicles of the kings of Judah ? served them.

18 And Manasseh slept with his fathers, 4 And he built altars in the house of the and was buried in the garden of his own LORD, of which the Lord said, In Jeru- house, in the garden of Uzza: and Amon salem will I put my name.

his son reigned in his stead. 5 And he built altars for all the host of 19 9 Amon was twenty and two years heaven in the two courts of the house of old when he began to reign, and he reignthe LORD.

ed two years in Jerusalem. And his mo6 And he made his son pass through the ther's name was veshullemeth, the daughfire, and observed times, and used enchant- ter of Haruz of Jotbah. ments, and dealt with familiar spirits and 20 And he did that which was evil in the wizards: he wrought much wickedness in sight of the LORD, as his father Manasseh the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to did. anger.

21 And he walked in all the way that 17 And he set a graven image of the his father walked in, and served the idols grove that he had made in the hou of that his father served, and worshipped which the Lord said to David, and to So- them : lomon his son, In this house, and in Jeru 22 And he forsook the LORD God of his salem, which I have chosen out of all tribes fathers, and walked not in the way of the of Israel, will I put my name for ever: LORD.

8 Neither will I make the feet of Israel 23 | And the servants of Amon conmove any more out of the land which I spired against him, and slew the king in gave their fathers; only if they will ob- his own house. serve to do according to all that I have 24 And the people of the land slew all commanded them, and according to all the them that bad conspired against king law that my servant Moses commanded Amon; and the people of the land made them.

Josiah his son king in his stead. 9 But they hearkened not: and Manas 25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon seh seduced them to do more evil than did which he did, are they not written in the the nations whom the LORD destroyed be- book of the chronicles of the kings of Jufore the children of Israel.

dah ? 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 son 11 Because Manasseh king of Judah reigned in his stead. hath done these abominations, and bath

CHAP. XXII. done wickedly above all that the Amorites OSIAH was eight years old when he did, which were before him, and hath made began to reign, and he reigned thirty and Judah also to sin with his idols :

one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's 12 Therefore thus saith the LORD God name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil of Boscath, upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever 2 And he did that which was right in the heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle. sight of the LORD, and walked in all the

13. And I will stretch over Jerusalem way of David bis father, and turned not the line of Samaria, and the plummet of aside to the right hand or to the left. the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jeru 3 And it came

to pass in the salem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, eighteenth year of king Josiah, that the and turning it upside down.

Iking sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah,

[ocr errors]

The good reign of Josiah. II. KINGS. He covenants with God, the son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the book which the king of Judah hath read: house of the LORD, saying,

17 Because they have forsaken me, and 4 Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that have burned incense unto other gods, that he may sum the silver which is brought they might provoke me lo anger with all into the house of the LORD, which the the works of their hands; therefore my keepers of the door have gathered of wrath shall be kindled against this place, the people :

and shall not be quenched. 5 And let them deliver it into the hand 18 But to the king of Judah which sent of the doers of the work, that have the you to inquire of the LORD, thus shall ye oversight of the house of the Lord: and say to him, Thus saith the LORD God of let them give it to the doers of the work, Israel, As touching the words which thou which is in the house of the LORD, to re- hast heard; pair the breaches of the house,

19 Because thine heart was tender, and 6 Unto carpenters, and builders, and thou hast humbled thyself before the masons, and to buy timber and hewn Lord, when thou heardest what I spake stone to repair the house.

against this place, and against the inbabit. 7. How beit, there was no reckoning ants thereof, that they should become a made with them of the money that was desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy delivered into their hand, because they clothes, and wept before me; I also have dealt faithfully.

heard thee, saith the LORD. 8 T And Hilkiah the high priest said 20 Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gatherbook of the law in the house of the Lord. ed into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, shall not see all the evil which I will bring and he read it.

upon this place. And they brought the 9 And Shaphan the scribe came to the king word again. king, and brought the king word 'again,

CHAP. XXIII. money that was found in the house, Mahe AND the king sent, and they gathered

him all the elders of Judah and have delivered it into the hand of them of Jeruzalem. that do the work, that have the oversight 2 And the king went up into the house of the house of the LORD.

of the LORD, and all the men of Judah and 10 And Shaphan the scribe shewed the all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, king, saying; Hilkiah the priest bath de- and the priests, and the prophets, and all livered me a book. And Shaphan read the people, both small and great and he it before the king.

read in their ears all the words of the book 11 And it came to pass, when the king of the covenant which was found in the had heard the words of the book of the house of the LORD. law, that he rent his clothes.

3 T And the king stood by a pillar, and 12 And the king commanded Hilkiab made a covenant before the LORD, to walk the priest, and Aħikam the son of Sha- after the Lord, and to keep his commandphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, ments, and his testimonies, and his staand Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah a tutes, with all their heart, and all their servant of the king's, saying,

soul, to perform the words of this covenant 13 Go ye, inquire of the Lord for me, that were written in this book. And all and for the people, and for all Judah, con- the pcople stood to the covenant. cerning the words of this book that is 4 And the king commanded Hilkiah found for great is the wrath of the LORD the high priest, and the priests of the sethat is kindled against us, because our fa- cond order, and the keepers of the door, thers have not bearkened unto the words to bring forth out of the temple of the of this book, to do according unto all that LORD all the vessels that were made for which is written concerning us. Baal, and for the grove, and for all the

14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, host of heaven: and he burned them withand Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, out Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and went unto Huldah the prophetess, the carried the ashes of them unto Beth-el. wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the 5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe ; whom the kings of Judah had ordained to (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the col- burn incense in the high places in the lege;) and they communed with her. cities of Judah, and in the places round

15 | And she said unto them, Thus about Jerusalem; them also that burned saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell the incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the man that sent you to me,

moon, and to the planets, and to all the 16 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will host of heaven. bring evil upon this place, and upon the in 6 And he brought out the grove from habitants thereof, even all the words of the the house of the Lord, without Jerusalem,

Josiah destroys idolatry. CHAP. XXIII. His zeal for reformation. unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at I see? And the men of the city told him, the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to It is the sepulchre of the man of God, powder, and cast the powder thereof upon which came from Judah, and proclaimed the graves of the children of the people. these things that thou hast done against

7 And he brake down the houses of the the altar of Beth-el. sodomites that were by the house of the 18 And he said, Let him alone; let no Lord, where the women wove hangings man move his bones. So they let his bones for the grove.

alone, with the bones of the prophet that 8 And he brought all the priests out of came out of Samaria. the cities of Judah, and defiled the high 19 And all the houses also of the high places where the priests had burntincense, places that were in the cities of Samaria, from Geba to Beer-sheba, and brake down which the kings of Israel had made to prothe high places of the gates that were in voke the LORD to anger, Josiah took the entering in of the gate of Joshua the away, and did to them according to all governor of the city, which were on a the acts that he had done in Beth-el. man's left hand at the gate of the city. 20 And he slew all the priests of the

9 Nevertheless, the priests of the high high places that were there upon the altars, places came not up to the altar of the and burnt men's bones upon them, and LORD in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the returned to Jerusalem. unleavened bread among their brethren. 21 | And the king commanded all the

10 And he defiled Topheth, which is people, saying, Keep the passover unto in the valley of the children of Hinnom, the LORD your God, as it is written in the that no man might make his son or his book of this covenant. daughterto pass through the fire to Molech. 22 Surely there was not bolden such a

11 And he took away the horses that passover from the days of the judges that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, judged Israel, nor in all the days of the at the entering in of the house of the LORD, kings of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah; by the chamber of Nathan-melech the 23 But in the eighteenth year of king chamberlain, which was in the suburbs, Josiah, wherein this passover was holden and burned the chariots of the sun with fire. to the Lord in Jerusalem.

12 And the altars that were on the top 24 9 Moreover, the workers with faof the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the miliar spirits, and the wizards, and the kings of Judah bad made, and the altars images, and the idols, and all the abomiwhich Manasseh had made in the two nations that were spied in the land of Jucourts of the house of the LORD, did the dah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put king beat down, and brake them down away, that he might perform the words of from thence, and cast the dust of them into the law which were written in the book the brook Kidron.

that Hilkiah the priest found in the house 13 And the high places that were before of the LORD. Jerusalem, which were on the right hand 25 And like unto him was there no king of the mount of Corruption, which Solo- before him, that turned to the LORD with mon the king of Israel had builded for all his heart, and with all his soul, and Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidoni- with all his might, according to all the law ans, and for Chemosh the abomination of of Moses; neither after him arose there the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomi- any like him. nation of the children of Ammon, did the 26 T Notwithstanding, the LORD turned king defile. .

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

Manasseh had provoked him withal. 15 | Moreover, the altar that was at 27 And the LORD said, I will remove Beth-el, and the high place which Jero- Judah also out of my sight, as I have reboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel moved Israel, and will cast off this city to sin, had made, both that altar and the Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the high place he brake down, and burned the house of which I have said, My name high place, and stamped it small to pow- shall be there. der, and burned the grove.

28 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, 16 And as Josiah turned himself, he and all that he did, are they not written in spied the sepulchres that were there in the the book of the chronicles of the kings of mount, and sent, and took the bones out Judah? of the sepulchres, and burned them upon 29 | In his days Pharaoh-nechob king the altar, and polluted it, according to the of Egypt went up against the king of Asword of the LORD which the man of God syria to the river Euphrates: and king proclaimed, who proclaimed these words. Josiah went against him; and he slew him 17 Then he said, What title is that that at Megiddo, when he had seen him.

Rebellion of Jehoiakim. II. KINGS..Jerusalem taken and spoiled.

30 And his servants carried him in a and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought stead. him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his 7 And the king of Egypt came not again own sepulchre. And the people of the any more out of his land: for the king of land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and Babylon had taken from the riverof Egypt anointed him, and made him king in bis unto the river Euphrates all that pertainfather's stead.

ed to the king of Egypt. 31 | Jehoahaz was 'twenty and three 8. Jehojachin was eighteen years old years old when he began to reign; and he when he began to reign, and he reigned in reigned three months in Jerusalem. And Jerusalem three months. And his mobis mother's name was Hamutal, the ther's name was Nehushta, the daughter of daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

Elnathan of Jerusalem. 32 And he did that which was evil in 9. And he did that which was evil in the the sight of the Lord, according to all sight of the LORD, according to all that that his fathers had done.

his father had done. 33 And Pharaoh-nechoh put him in 10 9 At that time the servants of Nebands at Riblah in the land of Hamath, buchadnezzar king of Babylon came up that he might not reign in Jerusalem; and against Jerusalem, and the city was beput the land to a tribute of a hundred sieged. talents of silver, and a talent of goid. 11 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Baby

34 And Pharaoh-nechoh made Eliakim lon came against the city, and his servants the son of Josiah king in the room of Jo- did besiege it. siah his father, and turned his name to 12 And Jehoiachin the king of Judah Jehoiakim, and took Jehoahaz away: and went out to the king of Babylon, he, and his. he came to Egypt, and died there. mother, and his servants, and his princes,

35 And Jehoiakim gave the silver and and his officers: and the king of Babylon the gold to Pharaoh; but he taxed the land took bim in the eighth year of his reign. to give the money according to the com 13 And he carried out thence all the mandment of Pharaoh: he exacted the treasures of the house of the LORD, and silver and the gold of the people of the the treasures of the king's house, and cut land, of every one according to his taxa- in pieces all the vessels of gold which Sotion, to give it unto Pharaob-nechoh. lomon king of Israel had made in the tem

36 | Jehoiakim was twenty and five ple of the LORD, as the LORD had said. years old when he began to reign; and he 14 And he carried away all Jerusalem, reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And and all the princes, and all the mighty his mother's name was Zebudah, the men of valour, even ten thousand captives, daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah.

and all the craftsmen, and smiths: none 37 And he did that which was evil in the remained, save the poorest sort of the peosight of the Lord, according to all that his ple of the land. fathers bad done.

15 And he carried away Jehoiachin to CHAP. XXIV.

Babylon, and the king's mother, and the IN Nhis days Nebuchadnezzar king of king's wives, and his officers, and the

Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim be- mighty of the land, those carried he into came his servånt three years: then be captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon. turned and rebelled against him.

16 And all the men of might, even seven 2 And the Lord sent against him bands thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, thousand, all that were strong and apt for and bands of the Moabites, and bands of war, even them the king of Babylon the children of Ammon, and sent them brought captive to Babyloa. against Judah to destroy it, according to 17 | And the king of Babylon made the word of the LORD, which he spake by Mattaniah his father's brother king in his his servants the prophets.

stead, and changed his name to Zedekiah. 3 Surely at the commandment of the 18 Zedekiah was twenty and one years Lord came this upon Judah, to remove old when he began to reign, and he reiguthem out of his sight, for the sins of Ma- ed eleven years in Jerusalem. And his . nasseh, according to all that he did; mother's name was Hamutal, the daughter

4 And also for the innocent blood that of Jeremiah of Libnah. he shed, (for he filled Jerusalem with in 19 And he did that which was evil in nocent blood,) which the LORD would not the sight of the LORD, according to all that pardon.

Jehoiakim had done. 5 T Now the rest of the acts of Jehoia 20 For through the anger of the LORD kim, and all that he did, are they not it came to pass in Jerusalem, and Judah, written in the book of the chronicles of the until he had cast them out from his prekings of Judab?

sence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the 6 So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers : king of Babylon.

[ocr errors]

The people carried away. CHAP. XXV.

Gedaliah is slain. CHAP. XXV.

| 16 The two pillars, one sea, and the A ,

ND it came to pass in the ninth year bases which Solomon had made for the the tenth dayof the month, that Nebuchad- vessels was without weight. nezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all 17 The height of the one pillar was his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched eighteen cubits, and the chapiter upon it against it; and they built forts against it was brass : and the height of the chapiter round about.

three cubits; and the wreathen work, and 2 And the city was besieged unto the pomegranates upon the chapiter round eleventh year of king Zedekiah.

about, all of brass : and like unto these had 3 And on the ninth day of the fourth the second pillar with wreathen work. month the famine prevailed in the city, 18 And the captain of the guard took and there was no bread for the people of Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the land.

the second priest, and the three keepers 4 1 And the city was broken up, and of the door: all the men of war fled by night by the 19 And out of the city he took an officer way of the gate between two walls, which that was set over the men of war, and five is by the king's garden : (now the Chal- men of them that were in the king's predees were against the city round about;) sence, which were found in the city, and and the king went the way toward the plain. the principal scribe of the host, which

5 And the army of the Chaldees pur- mustered the people of the land, and threesued after the king, and overtook him in score men of the people of the land that the plains of Jericho: and all his army were found in the city: were scattered from him.

20 And Nehuzar-adan captain of the 6 So they took the king, and hrought guard took these, and brought them to the him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah; king of Babylon to Riblah: and they gave judgment upon him. 21 And the king of Babylon smote

7 And they slew the sons of Zedekiah them, and slew them at Riblah in the land before his eyes, and put out the eyes of of Hamath. So Judah was carried away Zedekiah, and bound him with etiers of out of their land. brass, and carried him to Babylon. 22 ! And as for the people that re

8 And in the fifth month, on the se- mained in the land of Judah, whom Neventh day of the month,(which is the nine-buchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, teenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king even over them he made Gedaliah the son of Babylon, came Nebuzar-adan, captain of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, ruler. of the guard, a servant of the king of Ba 23 And when all the captains of the arbylon, unto Jerusalem:

mies, they and their men, heard that the 9 And he burnt the house of the LORD, king of Babylon had made Gedaliah goand the king's house, and all the houses ernor, there came to Gedaliah to Mizof Jerusalem, and every great man's house pah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, burnt he with fire.

and Johanan the son of Careah, and Serai. 10 Andallthe army of the Chaldees, that ab the son of Tanbumeth the Netopiawere with the captain of the guard, brake thite, and Jaazaniah the son of a Maachadown the walls of Jerusalem round about. thite, they and their men.

11 Now the rest of the people that were 24 And Gedaliah sware to them, and left in the city, and the fugitives that fell to their men, and said unto them, Fear away to the king of Babylon, with the not to be the servants of the Chaldees : remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzar- dwell in the land, and serve the king of adan the captain of the guard carry away. Babylon, and it shall be well with you.

12 But the captain of the guard left of 25 But it came to pass in the seventh the poor of the land to be vine-dressers month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and husbandmen.

the scn of Elishama, of the seed royal,came, 13 And the pillars of brass that were in and ten men with him, and smote Gedathe house of the Lord, and the bases, and liah, that he died, and the Jews and the the brazen sea that was in the house of the Chaldees that were with him at Mizpah. LORD, did the Chaldees break in pieces, 26 And all the people, both small and and carried the brass of them to Babylon. great, and the captains of the armies, arose,

14 And the pots, and the shovels, and and came to Egypt: for they were afraid the snuffers, and the spoons, and all the of the Chaldees. vessels of brass wherewith they minister 27 | And it came to pass in the seven ed, took they away.

and thirtieth year of the captivity of Je15 And the fire-pans, and the bowls, boiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth and such things as were of gold, in gold, month, on the seven and twentieth day of and of silver, in silver, the captain of the the month, that Evil-merodach king of guard took away.

Babylon in the year that he began to reign

« PreviousContinue »