Page images
PDF

Hezekiah mourns.

Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rab-shakeli. CHAP. XIX. ND it came to pass, when king He." zekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord. 2 And he sent Eliakim, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with *...*. to Isaiah the prophet the son of moz.

3 And they said unto him, Thus saith].

Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth. 4. It may be the Lord thy God will hear all the words of Rab-shakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to re. proach the living God; and will reprove the words which the Lord thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that are left. 5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah. 6T And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the LoRD, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. 7. Behold, I will send 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 the sword in his own land. 8T So Rab-shakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had o was departed from Lachish. 9 And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out to fight against thee: he sent messengers again unto Hezekiah, saying, 10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, .."; et not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the ; : of Assyria. . 11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of †: have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shalt thod be delivered ? . 12 Have 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 §§.; Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah? 14's And Hezekiah received the letter ef the hand of the messengers, and read

CHAP.

it: and Hezekiah went up into the house

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

of the Load,andspread it before the Lord 15 And Hezekiah prayed before the LoRD and said, O Lord 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, Lond, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennac erib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God. 17 Of a truth, Lond, 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 T 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 I have heard. 21 This is the word that the Lord hath spoken concerning him; The virgin the aughter 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 whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? evenagainst the Holy One of Israel. 23. By thy messengers, thou hast, reproached the Lord, and hast said, With the multitude of my chariots I am come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut down the tall cedar-trees thereof, and the choice fir-trees thereof: and I will enter into the o 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 #. thou not heard long ago how I have done it, and of ancient times, that I have formed it? now have I brought it to ass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste enced cities into ruinous heaps. 26. Therefore 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 grass on the house-tops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up. 27 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thyrage against me. 28 Because thy rage against me and thy tumult is “...” into mine easo,

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

Sennacherib slain by his sons.

therefore I will put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy sips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thoucamest. 29 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such . as grow of themselves, and in the second year that which springeth of the same ; and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof. 36 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward. 31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the Lord of hosts shall do this. 32 Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it. 33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the Lord. 34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake. 35 || And it came to pass that night, that the *: of the Lond went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred fourscore and five thousand : and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. 37 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia. And Esar-haddon his son reigned in his stead. CHAP. §.

N those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. 2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lond, saying, 3 I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. 4 And it came pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain Folio saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee; on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord.

[blocks in formation]

years; and I will deliver thee; and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake. , 7. And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the bile, and he recovered. 8 T And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the Lord the third day? 9 And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees 2 10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees. 11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the Lord : and he brought the shadow . ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz, 12 TI At that time Berodach-baladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick. 13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not. 14 || Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men 2 and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon. 15 And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them. 16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lond. 17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lorp. 18 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt, beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon. 19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the Loop which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days? 30 T And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made

6 And I will add into thy days fifteen

a pool, and a conduit, and brought water – --32G

[ocr errors]

JManasseh's reign and idolatry. CHAP.

into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah 2 21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead. CHAP. XX ANASSEH was twelve years old - when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hephzi-bah. 2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LoRD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LoRD cast out before the children of Israel. 3 For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and .#. all the host of heaven, and served them. 4 And he built altars in the house of the Load, of which the Lord said, In Jerusalem will I put my name. 5 And he | altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. 6 And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger. 7 And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of

which the Lond said to David, and to So-lth

lomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will }}}'' my name for ever: 8 Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe to do according to all that I have Yommanded them, and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them. 9 But they hearkened not : and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the Lord destroyed before the children of Israel. 10 " And the Lond spake by his servants the prophets, saying, 11 Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols: 12 Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle." 13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab : and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it,

and turning it upside down.

** 2 XXI, XXII. Jimon's wicked reign. 14 And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies; 15 Because they have done that whic was evil in my sight, and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers o forth out of Egypt, even unto this aY. 36 Moreover, Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusaiem from one end to another; besides his sin where with he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the Lord. 17 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and all that he did, and his sin that he sinned, are they not written in the book of * chronicles of the kings of Judah 18 And Manasseh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own house, in the garden of Uzza: and Amon his son reigned in his stead. . 19 || Amon was twenty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. ...And his mother's name was Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah. 20 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Load, as his father Manasseh did. 21 And he walked in all the way that his father walked in, and served the idols that his father served, and worshipped em : 22 And he forsook the Lord God of his fathers, and walked not in the way of the LoRd. 23 || And the servants of Amon conspired against him, and slew the king in his own house. 24 And the people of the land slew all them that ...} conspired against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his stead. 25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah 7 26 And he was buried in his sepulchre in the garden of Uzza: and Josiah his son reigned in his stead. CHAP. XXII. Jo. was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath. - -o 2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Load, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left. 3 T And it came to pass in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, that the king sent Shapham, * son of Azaliah, 32

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

The good reign of Josiah.

the son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the
house of the Lond, saying,
4 Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that
he may sum the silver which is brought
into the house of the Lord, which the

keepers of the door have gathered of

the people: “. . 5 And let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work, that have the oversight of the house of the Lond : and let them give it to the doers of the work, which is in the house of the Lord, to repair the breaches of the house, 6 Unto carpenters, and builders, and mosoms, and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the house. 7. Howbeit, there was no reckoning made with them of the money that was delivered into their hand, because they dealt Fo 8 *| And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. 9 And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house of the Lord. 10 And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying; Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king. 11, And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes. 12 And the ** commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king's, sayin 13, Go ye, inquire of #ons for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found; for great is the wrath of the Lond that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us. 14. So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum, the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; A (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the col. \ lege;) and they communed with her. 15 J And she said unto them, Thus saith the Loko God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me, 16 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the

[blocks in formation]

book which the king of Judah hath read:
17 Because they have forsaken me, and
have burned ipcense unto other gods, that
they o provoke me to anger with all
the works, of their hands; therefore my
wrath shall be kindled against this place,
and shall not be quenched.
18 But to the king of Judah which sent
you to inquire of the Lond, thus shall ye
say to him, Thus saith the Lord God of
Israel, .1s touching the words which thou
hast heard;
19 Because thine heart was tender, and
thou hast humbled thyself before the
LoRD, when thou heardest what I spake
against ...Fi. against the inhabit-
ants thereof, that they should become a
desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy
clothes, and wept before me; l also have
heard thee, saith the Lord.
20 Behold therefore, I will gather thee
unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gather-
ed into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes
shall not see all the evil which I will bring
upon this place. And they brought the
king word again.
- CHAP. XXIII.
ND the king sent, and they gathered
unto him . the elders of Judah and
of Jerusalem. -
2 And the king went up into the ho
of the Lond, and all the men of Judah and
all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him
and the priests, and the prophets, and aii
the people, both small and great; and he
read in their ears all the words of the book
of the covenant which was found in the
house of the Lord. -
3 T And the king stood by a pillar, and
made a covenant before the Lord, to walk
after the Lord, and to keep his command-
ments, and his testimonies, and his sta-
tutes, with all their heart, and all their
soul, to perform the words of this covenant
that were written in this book. And all
the people stood to the covenant. ...,, .
4 And the king commanded Hilkiah
the high priest, and the priests of the se-
cond order, and the keepers of the door,
to bring forth out of the temple of the
Lord all the vessels that were made for
Baal, and for the grove, and for all the
host of heaven; and he burned them with:
out Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and
carried the ashes of them unto Beth-el.
5 And he put down the idolatrous priests,
whom the kings of Judah had ordained to
burn incense in the high places in the
cities of Judah, and in the places round
about Jerusalem; them also that burned
incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the
moon, and to the planets, and to all the
host of heaven.
6 And he brought out the grove from
the house of the lo. without Jerusalem,

Josiah destroys idolatry. CHAP.

unto the brook Kidron, and burned it * the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast theJ. thereof upon the graves of the children of the people. 7 And he brake down the houses of the sodomites that were by the house of the Lord, where the women wove hangings for the grove. 8 And he brought all the priests out o the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burnt incense, from Geba to Beer-sheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the gate of the city. 9 Nevertheless, the priests of the h; laces came not up to the altar of the Rd in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren. 10 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his o ass through the fire to Molech. 11 And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entering in of the house of the Lord, the chamber of Nathan-melech the amberlain, which was in the suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire. 12 And the altars that were on the top of the P}. chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two 'ourts of the house of the Lorp, did the king beat down, and brake them down from thence, and cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron. 13 And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of Corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomilation of the children of Ammon, did the king defile. . 14 And he brake in pieces the *. and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men. 15 T. Moreover, the altar that was at Beth-el, and the high place which Jero. boam the son of Nebat, who made Israel **in, had made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and burned the gh place, and stamped it small to powder, and burned the grove. 16. And as Josiah turned himself, he *pied the sepulchres that were there in the "oint, and sent, and took the bones out "...the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the "ord of the Lord which the man of God *laimed, who proclaimed these words.

XXIII. His zeal for reformation.

I see?, And the men of the city told him, It is the sepulchre of the man of God, which came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Beth-el. 18 And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones. So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came out of Samaria. 19 And all the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the LORD to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Beth-el. 20 And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burnt men's bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem. 21, T And the king commanded all the H.o. saying, Keep the passover unto the LoRn your God, as it is written in the book of this covenant. 22 Surely there was not holden such a passover from the days of the judges that judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah; 23. But in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, wherein this passover was holden to the ionoinjerusalem. 24 is Moreover, the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Ju-. dah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of the saw which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the Lord. 25 And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him. 26's Notwithstanding, the Lord turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath, where with his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal. 27 And the Lord said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I have said, My name shall be there. 28 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 29 || In his days Pharaoh-nechoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates; and king osiah went against him; and he slew him

17 Then he said, What title is that that

[ocr errors]
« PreviousContinue »