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might be with him to confirm the kingdom 36 Nw the rest of the acts of Jotham, in his hand.

and all that he did, are they not written i 20 And Menahem exacted the money of the hook of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel, even of all the mighty men of wealth, Judalı? of each man fifty shekels of silver, to give to 37 (In those days the Lord began to send the king of Assyria: so the king of Assyria again Judah Rezin the king of Syria, and turned hack, and stayed not there in the land. Pekal the son of Remalialı.)

21 !! And the rest of the acts of Menahem, 38 And Jorham slept with bis fathers, and and all that he did, are liey not written in was buried with bis fathers in the city of Dathe book of the Chronicles of the kings of Is- vid his father : and Ahaz his son reigned in rael?

his stead. 29 And Menahem slept with his fathers ;

CHAP. XVI. an: Pakalnials his son reigned in his, .

23 In fiftieth year oking of Remalialı, Aliaz the son of Jotham king of Judah, Pekaliah the son of Menahem began Judah began to reign. lo reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned 2 Twenty years old tras Aliaz when ho two years.

hegan to reign, and reigned sixteen years in 21 And he did that which was evil in the Jerusalem, and did not that which was right sight of the Lord: he departed not from the on the siglic of the Lord his God, like David sinis of Jeroboam the son of Nebai, wlio his father. made Israel to sin

3 But he walked in the war of the kings 5 Put Pekal the son of Remaliah, a cap of Israrl; yea, and made liis son to pay tain of his, conspired against him, and smote through ihe fire, according to the abomina. hiin in Samaria, in the palace of the king's lions of the heathen, whom the Lord case house, with Argib and Ariel, and witi liim out from before the children of Israel. fifty meo of the Gileadites : and he killed 4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in him, and reigned in his room.

the liigh places, and on the bills, and under 26 And the rest of the acts of Pekahiah, every green tree. and all that he did, behold, they are written 5 1 Then Rezin king of Syria, and Pelah in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of son of Remaliah king of Israe came up to Israel.

Jerusalem to war; and they besieged Ala2, 27 11 In the two and fiftieth year of Azari- but could not overcome him. ah king of Judah), Pekal the son of Rema 6 At that time Rezin king of Syria recna lialı began to reign over Israel in Samaria, vered Elath to Syria, and drave the Jews und reigned twenty years.

from Clath; and the Syrians came to Elath 28 And he did that rrhich 1038 evil in the and dwelt there unto this day. sight of the Lord: he departed not from the 7 So Ahaz sent inessengers to Tiglath-pisins of Jeroboam the son of Nebal, who made leser king of Assyria, saying, I am thy ser. Israel to sin.

Ivant and thy son: ccorre up, and save me out 29 In the days of Pekah king of Israel of the hand of the king of Syria, and out of caine Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and the hand of the king of Israel, which rise up took ljon, and Abel-beth-maachal, and Ja- against me. noah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, 8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and was found in the house of the Lord, and in carried them captive to Assyria.

the treasures of the king's house, and sent i 30 1 And Hoshea the son of Elah made a for a present to the king of Assyria. conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remali 9 And the king of Assyria hearkened unto ah, and smole bim, and slew him, and reign- him : for the king of Assyria went up gamst ed in kis stead, in the twentieth year of Jo- Damascus, and took it, and carried the protham the son of Czziah.

ple of it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin. 31 And the rest of the acts of Pekah, and 10 | Aud king Ahaz went to Damascus all that lie did, behold, they are written in to meet Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Is-saw an altar that was at Damascus: and rael.

king Ahaz sent to Urijal the priest the la 32 || In the seconol year of Pekah the son shion of the altar, and the pattern of il, acof Remaliah king of Israc began Jotham cording to all the workmanship thereof. the son ofl'zziah king of Judah to reign. 11 And Urijal the price built an aliar ae.

33 Five and twenty years old was becording to all ihat king Ahaz baci sent from when he began to reign; and he reigned six- Damascus: so Crijah the pries: made it leen years in Jerusalem: and his mother's against king Abaz came from Damasctis. name uus Jerusha the danghter of Zadok. 12 And when the king was enme froin Da.

31 And he did that which was right in the mascus, the king saw the altar; and the king sighi of the LORD: he did according to all approached to the altar, and offered thereon. that his father Uzzialı had done.

13 And be burnt his burut-offering awid his 33 Howbeit the high places were not re- meat-offering, and poured his drink-offermoved : the people sacriticed and burned in- ing, and sprinkled ihe blood of bis peaca. cense still in the high places. Be built the offerings, upon the altar.

which rus before the Lorr, from the Core-places in all their cities, from the tover ol ront of the house, from between the altar ile watchimen to the fenced city. and the house of the Lord, and put it on the 10 And they set them up images and north side of ibe altar.

groves in every high lill, and under every 15 And king Aliaz commanded Urijah the green tree: priest, saying, Upon the great altar burn ihe 11 And there they burnt incense in all tha morning burni-offering, and the evening high places, as did the heathen whom the meat-ottering, and the king's burne-sacrifice, LORI carried away before them; and aid his meat-otiering, with the burnt-offer- wrouglit wicked things to provoke the LORD ing of all the people of the land, and their to anger: meat-offering, and their drink-offerings, and 12 For they served idols, wliereof the sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt- Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not de offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice ; this thing. and the brasen altar shall be for me to en 13 Yet the Lord testified against Israel quire bu.

and against Judah by all the prophets, una 16 Thus did Urijalı the priest, according by all the seers, saying, Turn ye fron your to all that king Ahaz commanded.

evil ways, and keep my commandments, and 17 1 And king Ahaz cut off the borders of my statutes, according to all the law which the bases, and removed the laver from off I cominanded your fathers, and which I sent them; and took down the sea from off the to you by my servants the prophets. brasen oxen that were under it, and put it 14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, upon a pavement of stones :

but hardened their necks, like to the neck 18 And the covert for the sabbath that they of their fathers, that did not believe in the had built in the house, and the king's entry Lord their God. without, turned he from the liouse of the 15 And they rejected his statutes, and his LORD for the king of Assyria.

covenant that lie maile with their fathers, 19 Now the rest of the acts of Alaz which asd his lastimonies which he testified agains he did, are they not written in the book of the them; and they followed vanity, and became Chronicles of the kings of Judah ?

vain, and went alter the leathen that were 20 And Abaz slept willi lois fathers, and was round about thein, concerning whom the buried with his fathers in the city of David: Lurn had charged them, thai lley should and Fiezekiah his son reigned in his stead. not do like them. CHAP: XVI.

16 And they left all the coinmandments of the twelfth year of Alaz king of Judah the Lord their God, and made them inolten began Hoslipa the son of Elali to reign in images, eren two calves, and made a grove, Samarin over Israel nine years.

and worshipped all the lost of lieaven, and 2 And he did that which was evil in the served Baal. sight of the Lor), but not as ile kings of 17 And they caused their sons and their Israel that were before lim.

daughters to pass through the fire, and used 3 | Against liin came up Shalmaneser divination and enchantments, and sold themking of Assyria ; and Flosbea became bis selves to do evil in zve siglıl of the LORD, lo servant, and gave him presents.

provoke him to anger. 4 And the king of Assyria found conspira

18 Therefore the Lord was very angry cy in Hosnea: for he had sent messengers to with Israel, and removed them out of his So king of Egypt, and brouglilno present sight: there was none left but the tribe on to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by Judalı only. yrar ; therefore the king of Assyria shut him 19 Also Juda! kept not tlie commandments up, and bound him in prison.

of the LORD their God, but walked in the sta5 9 Then the king of Assyria came up tutes of Israel which they made. Boroughout all the land, and went up to Sa 20 And the Lord rejected all the seed of maria, and besieged it three years.

Israel, and afflicted them and delivered them 6 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of into the hand of spoilers, uatil lie had cast Assyria took Samnaria, and carried Israel them out of his sigl.t. away into Assyria, and placed them in Ha 21 For he rent Israel from the house of lali and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and David; and they inade Joroboam the son of in the cities of the Medes.

Nebalking: and Jeroboam drave Israel from 7 For so it was, that the children of Israel following ilie Lory, and made them sin a bad sinued against the LORD their God, great sia. which had brought them up out of the land 22 For the children of Israel walked in a.. of Egype, from under the land of Pharaoh the sins of Jeroboain which he did; they de. king of Egypt, and had leared other gods, parteci not from them,

8 And walked in the statutes of the hea 23 Cuil the Lord removed Israel out o. then, whom the LORD cast out from before his sight, as he nad said by all his servants the children of Israel, and of the kings of Is- the prophets. So was Israe: carried away rael, which they had inade.

out of their own land to Assyria onto this day. 9 And the ciuildren of Israel did secretly 24 S Ad the king of Assyria brought men those things that were not right against the from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from LORD their God, and they built them high Ava, and from Hamath, and fivin Sephar.

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CHAP. XVIII. basi removed, and placed in the cities of Sa Hoshea son of Elab king of Israel, thal maria, know not the manner of the God of Hezekiah the soa uf Ahaz king of Judah be ble land: therefore lie hath sent lions among gan to reign. 'hem, and, behold, they slay them, because 2 Tweniy and five years old was lie when they know not the manner of the God of the he began to reign; and he reigned twenty land.

and nine years in Jerusalem: his mother's 27 Then the king of Assyria commanded, name also wus Abi, the daugliter of Zecha. saying, Carry thither one of the priests whom riah. ye brought frein ibence, and let thein go

and 3 And he did that which was right in the awell there, and let bi:n reach them the man- siglt of the LORD, according to all that Da. ner of the Civil ol' the land.

vid his father did. 28 Then one of the priests, whom they had 4 I He removed the high places, and broke carried away from Samaria, came and dwelt the inages, and cut down the groves, and in Bet-el, and taught them how they should brake in pieces the brasen serpent i!iat Moses fear the LORD.

had niade : for unto those days the children 29 Howbeit every nation made gods of of Israel did burn incense to ii; and he called their own, and put them in the houses of the it Neliuslitan. high places which the Samaritans liad made, 5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel so every nation in their cities werein they that after him was none like tim among all dwelt.

the kings of Judah, nor any that were belure 30 And the men of Babylon made Suc-hin. coth-benoth, and the men of Cuth made Ner 6 For lie clave to the Lori), and departed gal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima. not from following him, but kept luis con

31 And the Aviles made Nibhaz and Tar-mandments, which the LORL commanded tak, and the Sepliarvites burnt aheir children Moses. in fire to Adrainmelech and Anammelech, 7. And the Lord was with him; and he the gods of Sepnarvaim.

prospered whitlersoever lie went forth : and 32 So they reared the LORD, and made le rebelled against the king of Assyria, and unto themselves of the lowest of them priests serveel bim not. of the high places, which sacrificed for them 8 Hesmote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, in the houses of the high places.

and the borders thereof, from the tower of 33 They leared the Lord, and served their the watchmen to the fenced city. own gods, after the manner of the bations 91 And it came to pass, in the fourth year whom they carried away from tience. of king Hezekiahi, which was the seventh

34 Unto this day they do after the former year of Hoshea son of Elab king of Israel, manners: they sear not the Lord, neitlier that Snalmaneser king of Assyria came up do they after iheir statutes, or after their or-against Samaria, and besieged it. dinances, or alter the law and coinmunement 10 A1, at the end of three years they which the Lord commanded the chiidren of took it ; eren in the sixth year of Hezekiah, Jacob, whom lie named Israel;

that is the ninth year of Hoshea king of Is: 35 With whom the LORD had made a co. rael,) Samaria was taken. venant, and charged them, saying, Ye shal) 11 And the king of Assyria did carry away not fear olher gods, nor bow yourselves 10 Israel unto Assyria, and put them in Halah thein, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them; and ia Habor by the river of Gozan, and in

36 But the Lorn, who brought you up the cities of the Medes; out of the land of Egypt with great power,

12 Because they obeyed not the voice od and a stretched-out arm, hiin shall ye fear, the Lorn their God, but tranégressed his coend him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye venant, aui all that Moses the servant of the do sacrifice.

LORD cominanded, and would not hear them, 37 And the statutes, and the ordinances, nor do them. and the law, and the commandment, which 13 9. Now, in the fourteenth year of king he wrote for you, ye shall observe to do for Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria everinore; and ye shall not fear other come up against all the fenced cities of Ju gods.

dah, and took them 33 Aud the covenant that I have made 14 And Hezekiah king of Judalı sent to the wit, you ye shall not forget; neither shall ye king of Assyria to Lachishi, saying, I have fear other goals.

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Assyria appointed into Ilezekiah king of with a loud voice ?n the Jews' language, and Sudah three hundi ed ialents of silver, and spake, saying, Hear the word of the great thirty talents of gold.

king, the king of Assyria: 15 And Hezekiah gave him all the silver 29 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah that was found in the house of the LORD), deceive you ; for he shall not be able to deand in the teasures of the king's house. liver you out of'liis haud :

16 Althat time did Hezekiah cut off the 30 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust gold from the doors of the temple of the Lord, in the LOR!), saying, The Lord will surely and from the pillars whici Hezekialı king o! deliver us, and this city shall not be deliverJudah liad overlaid, and gave it to the king ed into the band of the king of Assyria. of Assyria.

31. Hearken not unlo Hezekiah: for thus 17 91 And the king of Assyria sent Tartan, saitli the king of Assyria, Make an agreemen: and Rabsaris,and Kal-shakeh, from Lachish with me by a present, and coine out in me, to king liezekiah with a great lost against and then eat ye every man of his own vine, Jerusalem: and they went up, ind came to and every one of his fig-tree, and drink ye Jerusalem. And when they were come up, every one the waters of his cistern; bley carne and stood by the conduit of the 3: Until I come and take you away to a nuper pool, wliicla is in the highway of the land like your own land ; a land of corn and fuller's held.

wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land 13 And when they had called to the king, jof oil-olive and of boney, tha: ye may live, there came out to them Eliakim the son of and not die: and hearken not unto Hezekia Hilkiali, which was over the household, aurilah, wher: he persuadeth you, saying, The She : the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaplı | LORD will deliver us. the recorder.

33 L'ath any of the gods of the nations de. 19 And Rab-slakel said unto thein, Speak livered at all his land out of the hand of the ve now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king of Assyria? ting, the king of Assyria, Wiat confidence 34 There are the gods or Hamath, and of is this wherein thou trustest?

Arpail? where are the guds of Sepharvaim20 Thou sayesi, (but they are but vain Hena, and Ivah? bave they delivered Sawords,) I huve counsel and strength for the maria out of mine band? war. Now, on whom dost thou trust, thal 35 Who are they among all the gods of the thou relellest against me?

countries that bave delivered their country 21 Now, behold, thou trustest upon the out of mine hand, that the Lord should de staff of this bruised reed, even upon Egypt, liver Jerusalem out of mine hand ? on which is a man lean, it will go into his 36 But the people hield their peace, and an. band, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of swered him not a word: for the king's cumEgypt unio all that trust on him.

mandment was, saving, Answer liim not. 22. But if ye say unto me, We trust in the 37 Then came Eliakiin the son of Hilkiah, LORD our God: is not that he whose high which rras over the household, and Shebna places and wliose altars Ilezekiah hath taken the scribe, and Joal the son of Asaph the reaway; and bath said to Judah and Jerusa-corder, to Hezekiah, with their clothes rent, lem, Ye shall worship before this altar in Je- and told bim the words of Ral-shakeh. rusalem?

CHAP. XIX. 23 Now therefore, I pray thee, give pledges to my lord the king of Assyria. and i wille AND it came to pass, when king Hezekiah

beard it, that he rent his clothes, and liver thee two thousand horses, if thou be able covered himself with sackcloth, and went inon thy part to set riders upon thein.

to the house of the LORD. 24 Hlow then wilt thou turn away the face 2 And he sent Eliakim, which was over of one captain of the least of my master's ser- the household, and Shebna ihe scribe, and the vants, and put thy trust on Egypt for chari-elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, Ots aud for horseinen

to Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz. 25 Am I now come up without the Lord 3 And they said unto him, Thus saith He. against this place to destroy it? The LORD zekialı, This day is a day of trouble, and of said to me, Go up against iliis land, and de- rebuke, and blasphemy : for the children ara eroy i.

come to the birth, and there is not strength ta 26 Then said Eliakim the son of Hilkial, bring forth. and Shebna, and Joah, unto Rah-shakel, 4 It may be the Lord thy God will hear Speak, I pray thee, to thy servants in the all the words of Rab-shakeh, whom the king Syrian language; (lor we understand it;) of Assyria his master batı sent to reproach and talk noi with us in the Jews' language in the living God; and will reprove the words the ears of the people that are on the wall. which the Lord thy God hath heard: where.

27 But Rah-shakeh said unto ther, Hath fore lift up thy prayer for the remnant thai my master sent me to thy master, and to are left. thee, :o speak these words? hath he not sent 5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came me to the men which sit on the wall, that they to Isaialı. may eat their own dung, and drink their own 6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shelt piss with you ?

ye say to your master, Thus saith the LCRD 28 1 Then Rab-shakeh stood, and cried Be not afraid of the words which thou !

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Geard, ui! which the servants of the king the LORD), and last said, With it:e multitude of Assyria have blaspliemed me.

of my cliariots I am come up to the heighit ol 7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and he shall bear a rumour, and sliall return to will cut down the tall cedar-trees thereof, his own land; and I will cause him to fall by and the choire fir-trees thereof; and I will the sword in his own land.

enter into the longings of his borders, and in 8! So Rab-chakchi selurned, and found the to die forest of luis Carinel. king of Issyria warring againat Libnalı: for 21 I have digged and drunk strange was ve had heard that he was departed from ters, and with die sole of my teellave I dried Lachish.

up all the rivers of besieged places. 9 and when he heard say of Tirliakah king 25 Hast thou not lieard long agú horf of Ethiopia, Bersold, he is come out to fight have done it, and of ancient times that I liara against thee ; le sent messengers again unto formed it? now have I brought it 10 pass Hezekiah, saying,

that thou shouldest be to lay waste fenced 10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king cities into ruinous lieape. of Judalı, saying, Ler not thy God in whom 26 Therefore their inhabitants were c! thou trustest deceive thee, saving, Jerusalem small power, they were dismayed and conshall not be delivered into ihe hand of the founded ; they were is the grass of thie field, king of Assyria.

and as the green berh, us the grass on thie il Beloki, thou hast heard what the kings house-lops, and as corn blasted before it be of Assyria have done to all lands, by de grown up., stroying tliem utterly; and shalt thou be de 27 Bui I know thy abode, and tliy going livered?

out, and iniy coming in, and thy rage against 12 Have the gols of the nations delivered me. them which my fathers have destroyed; us 28 Because thy rage against me, and they Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the tumult is come up into mine ears, therefore ! children of Eden whiclı were in 'Thelasar? will put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle

13 Where is the king of Hamath, and :he in thy lips, and I will iurn thee back by the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of way by which thou cainest. Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?

29 Ånd this shall be a sign into thee, Ye 14 11 And Hezekial received the letter of shall eat this year such things as grow o! the hand of the messengers, and read it: and themselves, and in the second year that Hezekiah went up into the house of the which springeth of the same, and in te Lord, and spread it before the Lord. third year sow ye, and reap, and piant vine

15 And Hezekialı prayed before the Lord, yards, and eat ibe fruits thereof. and said, O Lord God of Israel, which dwell 30 And the remnant that is escaped of the est between the cherubims, thou art the God, house of Judali siiall yet again lake root even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the downward, and Lear fruit upward, earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. 31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a

16 LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear; remnant, and they thal escape out of mount open, LORD, thine eyes, and see; and liear Zion: the zeal of the Lord of hosts shal the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent do this. him to reproacn the living God.

32 Therefore thus saith the Lord concern. 17 of a truth, LORT), the kings of Assyria ing the king of Assyria,He shall not come inhave destroyed the nations and their lands, to this city, nor shont an arrow there, nor

18 And have cast their guds into the fire: come before it witli shield, nor cast a bank for they were no gods, but the work of men's against it. hands, wood and stone; therefore they have 33 By the way that he came, by the same destroyed them.

shall be return, and shall not come into this 19 Now therefore, O Lord our God, I he city, saith the Lord. seech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that 34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for all the kingdoms of the earth may know that mine own sake, and for my servant David's thou art the LORD God, even thou oniy. sake.

20 11 Then Isaiah the son of Amnoz sent to 35 | And it came to pass that nigiit, that Hezekiah, saying, Thus saillithe LORD God the angel of the Lord went out, and smole of Israel, Thuit wliich thou hast prayed to me in the camp of the Assyrians au hundred fouragainst Sennacherib king of Assyria I have score and five thousand : and when they arose heard.

early in the morning, behold, they were all 21 This is the word mat the LORD hath dead corpses. spoken concerni:ng him; The virgin, the 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria de daughter of Zion, hath despised chee, and parted, and went and returned, and dwelt at laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Je-Nineveh. rusalem hath shaken her head at thee.

37 And it came to pass, as he was worship22 Whom hast thou reproached and blas-iping in the house of Nisroch his god, that pliemed? and against whom hast thou exalt- Adraimelech and Sharezer his sons smcte ed thy voice, and litied up thine eyes on bigb? hin with the sword; and they escaped into ezen against the Holy One of Israel. the land of Armenia : and Esarbedden bir 23 By thy inessengers thou hast reproached son reigned in his stead.

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