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silver, that his band might be with him to confirm the kingdom in his band.

20 And Menahem exacted the money of Israel, even of all the unighty 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 bis 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 Remaliab 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

fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father : and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.

C H A P. XVI. 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 LORD, and in the treasures 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 sa

it three years.

crifice: and the brasen altar shall be 5 Then the king of Assyria came for me to enquire by.

up throughout all the land, and 16 Thus did Urijah the priest, ac- went up to Samaria, and besieged cording to all that king Ahaz commanded.

6 In the ninth year of Hoshea 17 And king Ahaz cut off the the king of Assyria took Samaria, borders of the bases, and removed and carried Israel away into Assyria, the laver from off them; and took and placed them in Halah and in down the sea from off the brasen Habor by the river of Gozan, and oxen that were under it, and put it in the cities of the Medes. upon a pavement of stones.

7 For so it was, that the chil18 And the covert for the sabbath dren of Israel had sinned against that they had built in the house, and the LORD their God, which had the king's entry without, turned he brought them up out of the land from the house of the LORD for the

of Egypt, from under the hand of king of Assyria.

Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had 19 Now the rest of the acts of feared other gods, Ahaz which he did, are they not 8 And walked in the statutes of written in the book of the chroni- the heathen, whom the LORD cast cles of the kings of Judah?

out from before the children of Is20 And Ahaz slept with his fa- rael, and of the kings of Israel, thers, and was buried with his fa

which they had made. thers in the city of David : and He- 9 And the children of Israel did zekiah his son reigned in his stead. secretly those things that were not

right against the Lord their God, C H A P. XVII.

and they built them high places in

all their cities, from the tower of In the twelfth year of Ahaz king the watchmen to the fenced city. of Judah began Hoshea the son of 10 And they set them up images Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel and groves in every high bill, and

under

every green tree : 2 And he did that which was evil 11 And there they burnt incense in the sight of the LORD, but not as in all the high places, as did the the kings of Israel that were before heathen whom the LORD carried him.

away before them; and wrought 3 Against him came up Shalma- wicked things to provoke the LORD neser king of Assyria; and Hoshea

to anger : became his servant, and gave him 12 For they served idols, whereof presents.

the LORD had said unto them, Ye 4 And the king of Assyria found shall not do this thing. conspiracy in Hoshea : for he had 13 Yet the LORD testified against sent messengers to So king of Israel, and against Judah, by all the Egypt, and brought no present to prophets, and by all the seers, saythe king of Assyria, as he had done ing, Turn ye from your evil ways, year by year: therefore the king of

and keep my commandments and Assyria shut him up, and bound him my statutes, according to all the law in prison.

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and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.

14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God.

15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the Lord had charged them, that they should not do like them.

16 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.

17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

18 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight : there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.

19 Also Judah kept not the commandments of the Lord their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.

20 And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.

21 For he rent Israel from the house of David ; and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Israel from fol

23 Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.

24 And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel : and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof.

25 And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which slew some of them.

26 Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria, saying, The nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land : therefore he hath sent lions among them, and, behold, they slay them, because they know not the manner of the God of the land.

27 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let them go and dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of the God of the land.

28 Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Beth-el, and taught them how they should fear the LORD.

29 Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in

ner.

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,

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 mandinent 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 and he prospered whithersoever he

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