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silver, that his hand inight be with him to confirm the kingdom in his hand.

20 And Menahem exacted the money of Israel, even of all the mighty men of wealth, of each man fifty shekels of silver, to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned back, and stayed not there in the land.

21 And the rest of the acts of Menahem, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

22 And Menahem slept with his fathers; and Pekahiah his son reigned in his stead.

23 In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekahiah the son of Menahem began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned two years.

24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

25 But Pekah the son of Remaliah, a captain of his, conspired against him, and smote him in Samaria, in the palace of the king's house, with Argob and Arieh, and with him fifty men of the Gileadites : and he killed him, and reigned in his room. .

26 And the rest of the acts of Pekahiah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

27 In the two and fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekah the son of Remaliah began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned twenty years.

28 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from the sins of Jero

| boam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

29 In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and took ljon, and Abelbeth-maachah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria.

30 And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and smote him, and slew him, and reigned in his stead, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah.

31 And the rest of the acts of Pekah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

32 In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah king of Israel began Jotham the son of Uzziah king of Judah to reign.

33 Five and twenty years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jerusha, the daughter of Zadok..

34 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD: he did according to all that his father Uzziah had done.

35 Howbeit the high places were not removed : the people sacrificed and burned incense still in the high places. He built the higher gate of the house of the LORD.

36 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

37 In those days the LORD began to send against Judah Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah. 38 And Jotham slept with his

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In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign.

2 Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD his God, like David his father.

3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.

4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

5 Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him.

6 At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drave the Jews from Elath : and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt there unto this day.

7 So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, saying, I am thy servant and thy son : come up, and save me out of the hand of the king of Syria, and out of the hand of the king of Israel, which rise up against me.

8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of #

the king's house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.

9 And the king of Assyria hearkened unto him : for the king of Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the people of it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin.

10 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus : and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof.

11 And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that king Abaz had sent from Damascus : so Urijah the priest made it against king Abaz came from Damascus.

12 And when the king was come from Damascus, the king saw the altar : and the king approached to the altar, and offered thereon.

13 And he burnt his burnt offering and his meat offering, and poured his drink offering, and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings, upon the altar.

14 And he brought also the brasen altar, which was before the Lord, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the house of the Lord, and put it on the north side of the altar.

15 And king Abaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, Upon the great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening meat offering, and the king's burnt sacrifice, and his meat offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings; and sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the brasen altar shall be l for me to enquire by.

16 Thus did Urijah the priest, according to all that king Ahaz commanded.

17 And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the bases, and removed the laver from off them; and took down the sea from off the brasen oxen that were under it, and put it upon a pavement of stones.

18 And the covert for the sabbath that they had built in the house, and the king's entry without, turned he from the house of the Lord for the king of Assyria.

19 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah ?

20 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David : and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.

5 Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years.

6 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

7 For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods,

8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made.

9 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree :

11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger :

12 For they served idols, whereof the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.

13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers,

CH A P. XVII.

In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years.

2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, but not as the kings of Israel that were before him.

3 Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gave him presents.

4 And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea : for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and brought no present to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison.

and which I sent to you by my ser- || lowing the Lord, and made them vants the prophets.

sin a great sin. 14 Notwithstanding they would 22 For the children of Israel walknot hear, but hardened their necks, ed in all the sins of Jeroboam which like to the neck of their fathers, that he did ; they departed not from did not believe in the LORD their them ; God.

23 Until the LORD removed Is15 And they rejected his statutes, rael out of his sight, as he had said and his covenant that he made with by all his servants the prophets. So their fathers, and his testimonies was Israel carried away out of their which he testified against them; and own land to Assyria unto this day. they followed vanity, and became 24 And the king of Assyria vain, and went after the heathen brought men from Babylon, and that were round about them, con from Cuthah, and from Ava, and cerning whom the Lord had charg from Hamath, and from Sephared thein, that they should not do vaim, and placed them in the cities like them.

of Samaria instead of the children 16 And they left all the com of Israel : and they possessed Samandments of the LORD their God, maria, and dwelt in the cities thereand made them molten images, even

of. two calves, and made a grove, and 25 And so it was at the beginning worshipped all the host of heaven, of their dwelling there, that they and served Baal.

feared not the LORD: therefore the 17 And they caused their sons LORD sent lions among them, which and their daughters to pass through slew some of them. the fire, and used divination and 26 Wherefore they spake to the enchantments, and sold themselves king of Assyria, saying, The nato do evil in the sight of the LORD, tions which thou hast removed, and to provoke him to anger.

placed in the cities of Samaria, 18 Therefore the Lord was very know not the manner of the God angry with Israel, and removed of the land : therefore he hath sent them out of his sight : there was lions among them, and, behold, they none left but the tribe of Judah slay them, because they know not only.

the manner of the God of the land. 19 Also Judah kept not the com 27 Then the king of Assyria commandments of the Lord their God, manded, saying, Carry thither one but walked in the statutes of Israel of the priests whom ye brought which they made.

from thence; and let them go and 20 And the LORD rejected all the dwell there, and let him teach them seed of Israel, and afflicted them, the manner of the God of the land. and delivered them into the hand 28 Then one of the priests whom of spoilers, until he had cast them they had carried away from Samaria out of his sight.

came and dwelt in Beth-el, and 21 For he rent Israel from the taught them how they should fear house of David ; and they made the Lord. Jeroboam the son of Nebat king : 29 Howbeit every nation made and Jeroboam drave Israel from fol- ll gods of their own, and put them in

the houses of the high places which made with you ye shall not forget; the Samaritans had made, every neither shall ye fear other gods. nation in their cities wherein they 39 But the LORD your God ye dwelt. :

shall fear; and he shall deliver you 30 And the men of Babylon out of the hand of all your enemies. made Succoth-benoth, and the men 40 Howbeit they did not hearken, of Cuth made Nergal, and the men but they did after their former manof Hamath made Ashima,

ner. 31 And the Avites made Nibhaz 41 So these nations feared the and Tartak, and the Sepharvites LORD, and served their graven burnt their children in fire to A images, both their children, and drammelech and Anammelech, the their children's children: as did gods of Sepharvaim.

their fathers, so do they unto this 32 So they feared the LORD, and day. made unto themselves of the lowest of them priests of the high places,

CHAP. XVIII. which sacrificed for them in the houses of the high places.

NOW it came to pass in the third 33 They feared the LORD, and year of Hoshea son of Elah king served their own gods, after the of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of manner of the nations whom they Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. carried away from thence.

2 Twenty and five years old was 34 Unto this day they do after he when he began to reign; and he the former manners: they fear not reigned twenty and nine years in the LORD, neither do they after Jerusalem. His mother's name also their statutes, or after their ordi was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah. nances, or after the law and com 3 And he did that which wus right mandment which the LORD com in the sight of the LORD, according manded the children of Jacob, to all that David his father did. whom he named Israel ;

4 He removed the high places, 35 With whom the LORD had and brake the images, and cut down made a covenant, and charged them, the groves, and brake in pieces the saying, Ye shall not fear other gods, brasen serpent that Moses had nor bow yourselves to them, nor made: for unto those days the serve thein, nor sacrifice to them : children of Israel did burn incense

36 But the LORD, who brought to it: and he called it Nehushtan. you up out of the land of Egypt 5 He trusted in the LORD God with great power and a stretched of Israel ; so that after him was out arm, him shall ye fear, and him none like him among all the kings shall ye worship, and to him shall of Judah, nor any that were before ye do sacrifice.

him. 37 And the statutes, and the or 6 For he clave to the LORD, and dinances, and the law, and the com departed not from following him, mandment, which he wrote for you, but kept his commandments, which ye shall observe to do for evermore; the LORD commanded Moses. and ye shall not fear other gods. ., 7 And the LORD was with him ;

38 And the covenant that I have it and he prospered whithersoever he

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