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went forth : and he rebelled against | the king of Assyria, and served him not.

8 He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

9 And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against Samaria, and besieged it.

10 And at the end of three years they took it : even in the sixth year of Hezekiah, that is the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was taken.

11 And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes:

12 Because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them.

13 Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah, and took them.

14 And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria to Lachish, saying, I have offended ; return from me: that which thou puttest on me will I bear. And the king of Assyria appointed unto Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold.

15 And Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king's house.

16 At that time did Hezekiah cut off the gold from the doors of the temple of the LORD, and from the pillars which Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to the king of Assyria.

17 And the king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rabsaris and Rab-shakeh from Lachish to king Hezekiah with a great host against Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. And when they were come up, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which is in the highway of the fuller's field.

18 And when they had called to the king, there came out to them Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the houshold, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder.

19 And Rab-shakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence 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 be able on ye every one the waters of his thy part to set riders upon them. cistern :

24 How then wilt thou turn away 32 Until I come and take you the face of one captain of the least away to a land like your own land, of my master's servants, and put thy a land of corn and wine, a land of trust on Egypt for chariots and for bread and vineyards, a land of oil horsemen?

olive and of honey, that ye may 25 Am I now come up without live, and not die: and hearken not the LORD against this place to de unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth stroy it? The LORD said to me, you, saying, The LORD will deliver Go up against this land, and destroy us. it.

33 Hath any of the gods of the 26 Then said Eliakim the son of nations delivered at all his land out Hilkiah, and Shebna, and Joah, un of the hand of the king of Assyria ? to Rab-shakeh, Speak, I pray thee, 34 Where are the gods of Hato thy servants in the Syrian lan math, and of Arpad? where are guage; for we understand it: and the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and talk not with us in the Jews' lan Ivah? have they delivered Samaria guage in the ears of the people out of mine hand? that are on the wall.

35 Who are they among all the 27 But Rab-shakeh said unto gods of the countries, that have them, Hath my master sent me to delivered their country out of mine thy master, and to thee, to speak hand, that the Lord should deliver these words ? hath he not sent me to Jerusalem out of mine hand ? the men which sit on the wall, that 36 But the people held their they may eat their own dung, and peace, and answered him not a drink their own piss with you? word : for the king's commandment

28 Then Rab-shakeh stood and was, saying, Answer him not. cried with a loud voice in the Jews' 37 Then came Eliakim the son of language, and spake, saying, Hear Hilkiah, which was over the housthe word of the great king, the king hold, and Shebna the scribe, and of Assyria :

Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, 29 Thus saith the king, Let not to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall and told him the words of Rabnot be able to deliver you out of shakeh. his hand : 30 Neither let Hezekiah make

CHAP. XIX. you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver us, and

AND it came to pass, when king this city shall not be delivered into Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his the hand of the king of Assyria. clothes, and covered himself with

31 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for sackcloth, and went into the house thus saith the king of Assyria, Make of the Lord. an agreement with me by a present, 2 And he sent Eliakim, which and come out to me, and then eat was over the houshold, and Shebna ye every man of his own vine, and the scribe, and the elders of the every one of his fig tree, and drink priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of A- | the kings of Assyria have done to moz.

all lands, by destroying them utterly: 3 And they said unto him, Thus and shalt thou be delivered ? saith Hezekiah, This day is a day 12 Have the gods of the nations of trouble, and of rebuke, and blas delivered them which my fathers phemy: for the children are come have destroyed; as Gozan, and Hato the birth, and there is not strength ran, and Rezeph, and the children to bring forth.

of Eden which were in Thelasar? 4 It may be the Lord thy God 13 Where is the king of Hamath, will hear all the words of Rab and the king of Arpad, and the king shakeh, whom the king of Assyria of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, his master bath sent to reproach and Ivah ? the living God; and will reprove 14 And Hezekiah received the the words which the LORD thy God letter of the hand of the messenhath heard: wherefore lift up thy gers, and read it: and Hezekiah prayer for the remnant that are went up into the house of the LORD, left.

and spread it before the Lord. 5 So the servants of king Heze 15 And Hezekiah prayed before kiah came to Isaiah.

the LORD, and said, O LORD God 6 And Isaiah said unto them, of Israel, which dwellest between the Thus shall ye say to your master, cherubims, thou art the God, even Thus saith the Lord, Be not afraid thou alone, of all the kingdoms of of the words which thou hast heard, the earth ; thou hast made heaven with which the servants of the king and earth. of Assyria have blasphemed me.

16 LORD, bow down thine ear, 7 Behold, I will send a blast upon and hear : open, LORD, thine eyes, him, and he shall hear a rumour, and see: and hear the words of and shall return to his own land; Sennacherib, which hath sent him and I will cause him to fall by the to reproach the living God. sword in his own land.

17 Of a truth, Lord, the kings 8 So Rab-shakeh returned, and of Assyria have destroyed the nafound the king of Assyria warring tions and their lands, against Libnah : for he bad heard 18 And have cast their gods into that he was departed from La the fire : for they were no gods, but chish.

the work of men's hands, wood and 9 And when he heard say of Tir stone : therefore they have destroyhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he ed them. is come out to fight against thee: 19 Now therefore, O Lord our he sent messengers again unto He God, I beseech thee, save thou us zekiah, saying,

out of his hand, that all the king10 Thus shall ye speak to Heze doms of the earth may know that kiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thou art the LORD God, even thou thy God in whom thou trustest de

only. ceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall 20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz not be delivered into the hand of sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the king of Assyria.

the Lord God of Israel, That which · 11 Behold, thou hast heard what thou hast prayed to me against Sen

nacherib king of Assyria 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 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 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 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? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste fenced 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 thy rage against me.

28 Because thy rage against me and thy tumult is come up into mine ears, therefore I will put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in

thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.

29 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such things as grow of themselves, and in the second year that which spring, eth of the same; and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof.

30 And the reinnant 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 angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an 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 bis sons smote him with the sword : and they escaped into the land of Armenia And Esarbaddon his son reigned in his stead. CHAP. XX.

In 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 LORD, 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 to 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 of my people, Thus 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.

6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen 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 boil, and he recovered.

8 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 for- |

ward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?

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 At that time Berodach-baladan, the son of Baladan, king of Bahylon, 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 ? and from whence caine 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 LORD.

17 Behold, the day is 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 LORD.

18 And of thy sons that shall

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