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Hezekiah's prayer. found the king of Affyria warring Jam come up to the height of the against Libnah: for he had heard that mountains, to the fides of Lebanon, he was departed from Lachifh. and will cut down the tall cedar trees

II. KINGS. Sennacherib's army destroyed.

9 And when he heard fay of Tir-thereof, and the choice fir trees bakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is thereof: and I will enter into the come out to fight against thee: he lodgings of his borders, and into the fent meffengers again unto Hezekiah, foreft of his Carmel.


24 1 have digged and drunk ftrange 10 Thus fhall ye fpeak to Hezekiah waters, and with the fole of my feet king of Judah, faying, Let not thy have I dried up all the rivers of be God in whom thou trufteft deceive fieged places.

thee, faying, Jerufalem fhall not be 25 Haft thou not heard long ago delivered into the hand of the king of how I have done it, and of ancient Affyria. times that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pafs, that thou fhouldeft be to lay wafte fenced cities into ruinous heaps.

11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Affyria have done to all lands, by deftroying them utterly and halt thou be delivered?

26 Therefore their inhabitants were 12 Have the gods of the nations de-of fmall power, they were difmayed livered them which my fathers have and confounded: they were as the deftroyed; as Gozan, and Haran, and grafs of the field, and as the green Rezeph; and the children of Eden, herb, as the grafs on the house tops, which were in Thelafar? and as corn blafted before it be grow a

13 Where is the king of Ramath, Jup. and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?

14 And Hezekiah received the let ter of the hand of the meffengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the houfe of the LORD, and fpread it before the LORD.

27 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage againft me.

28 Because thy rage againft me and thy tumult is come up into mine ears, therefore I will put my hook in thy nofe, and my bridle in thy lips, and 1 will turn thee back by the way by which thou cameft.

15 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and faid, O LORD God of 29 And this ball be a fign unto thee, Ifrael, which dwelleft between the Ye shall eat this year fuch things as cherubims, thou art the God, even grow of themselves, and in the second thon alone, of all the kingdoms of year that which fpringeth of the the earth; thou hast made heaven fame; and in the third year fow ye, and earth. and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat

16 LORD, bow down thine ear, and the fruits thereof. hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, and 30 And the remnant that is escaped fee and hear the words of Senna-of the houfe of Judah fhall yet again cherib, which hath fent him to re-take root downward, and bear fruit proach the living God.


17 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of 31 For out of Jerufalem fhall go Affyria have deftroyed the nations forth a remnant, and they that escape and their lands, out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of basts shall do this.

18 And have caft their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the 32 Therefore thus faith the LORD work of men's hands, wood and ftone: concerning the king of Affyria, He therefore they have destroyed them.fhail not come into this city, nor 19 Now therefore, () LORD our God, thoot an arrow there, nor come beI beseech thee, fave thou us out of his fore it with fhield, nor cast a bank hand, that all the kingdoms of the against it. earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.

33 By the way that he came, by the fame thall he return, and shall not 20 Then Ifaiah the fon of Amoz come into this city, faith the LORD. fent to Hezekiah, faying, Thus faith) 34 For I will defend this city, to the LORD God of Ifrael, That which fave it, for mine own fake, and for thou haft prayed to me againft Senna-my fervant David's fake.

cherib king of Affyria I have heard. 35And it came to pass that night, 21 This is the word that the LORD that the angel of the LORD went out, hath spoken concerning him: The and fmote in the camp of the Affyrians virgin the daughter of Zion hath dean hundred fourfcore and five thou fpifed thee, and laughed thee to frorn; fand: and when they arufe early in the daughter of Jerufalem hath fhaken the morning, behold, they were all dead corpíes.

her head at thee.

22 Whom haft thou reproached and 36 So Sennacherib king of Affyria blafphemed and againft whom haft departed, and went and returned, and thou exalted by voice, and lifted up dwelt at Nineveh. thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Ifrael.

37 And it came to pafs, as he was worshipping in the houfe of Nifroch 23 By thy meffengers thou haft re-his god, that Adrammelech and Shaproached the LORD, and haft faid, rezer his fons fmote him with the With the multitude of my chariots ilfword: and they escaped into the land

Hezekiah's Jickness and recovery. CHAP. XXI. Manasseb's wicked reign. of Armenia. And Efarhaddon his fon, Hezekiah faid, They are come from reigned in his ftead. a far country, even from Babylon.


thofe days was Hezekiah fick I unto and the Ifaiah

the fon of Amoz came to him, and faid unto him, Thus faith the LORD, Set thine houfe in order; for thou fhalt die, and not live.

15 And he faid, What have they feen in thine houfe? And Hezekiah anfwered, All the things that are in mine

among my treasures that I have not thewed them.

16 And Ifaiah faid unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.

2 Then he turned his face to the 17 Behold, the days come, that all wall, and prayed unto the LORD, that is in thine houfe, and that which faying, thy fathers have laid up in ftore unto 3 I befeech thee, O LORD, remem-this day, fhall be carried into Babyber now how I have walked before lon: nothing fhall be left, faith the thee in truth and with a perfect heart, LORD. and have done that which is good in thy fight. And Hezekiah wept fore. 4 And it came to pafs, afore Ifatah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, faying,

s Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus faith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have feen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.

18 And of thy fons that fhall iffue from thee, which thou shalt beget, fhall they take away; and they fhatf be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

19 Then faid Hezekiah unto Ifaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou haft fpoken. And he faid, it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?

20 And the reft of the acts of Heze. kiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and 6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen brought water into the city, are they years; and I will deliver thee and this not written in the book of the chro city out of the hand of the king of Af-nicles of the kings of Judah? fyria; and I will defend this city for 21 And Hezekiah flept with his fa. mine own fake, and for my fervant thers: and Manaffeh his fon reigned in his ftead.

David's fake.

7 And Ifaiah faid, Take a lump of

figs. And they took and laid it on the

boil, and he recovered.

8 And Hezekiah faid unto Ifaiah, What shall be the fign that the LORD will heal me, and that I fhall go up into the houfe of the LORD the third day?

And Ifaiah faid, This fign fhalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath fpoken: fhall the fhadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?

10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the fhadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the fhadow return backward ten degrees.

II And Ifaiah the prophet cried into the LORD: and he brought the fhadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.

12 At that time Berodach-baladan, the fon of Baladan, king of Babylon, fent letters and a prefent unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been fick.

13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and fhewed them all the house of his precious things, the filver, and the gold, and the fpices, and the precious ointment, and all the houfe of his armour, and all that was found in his treafures: there was nothing in his houfe, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah fhewed them not.

14 Then came Ifaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and faid unto him, What faid thefe men? and from whence came they unto thee? And


Mwhen he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerufalem. And his mother's name was Hephzibah.

ANASSEH was twelve years old

2 And he did that which was evil in the fight of the LORD, after the abo minations of the heathen, whom the LORD caft out before the children of Ifrael.

3 For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had deftroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Ifrael; and worthipped all the huft of heaven, and ferved them.

4 And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD faid, In Jerufalem will I put my name.

5 And he built altars for all the hoft of heaven in the two courts of the houfe of the LORD.

6 And he made his fon pafs through the fire, and obferved times, and ufed enchantments, and dealt with familiar fpirits and wizards: he wrought much wickednefs in the fight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

7 And he fet a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of which the LORD faid to David, and to Solomon his fon, In this houfe, and in Jerufalem, which I have chofen out of all the tribes of Ifrael, will I put my name for ever:

8 Neither will I make the feet of If rael move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if

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'they will obferve to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that my fervant Mofes commanded them.

9 But they hearkened not; and Ma naifeh feduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the children of Ifrael.

10 And the LORD fpake by his fervants the prophets, faying,.

Johab's good reign.

25 Now the reft of the acts of Amon which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah!

26 And he was buried in his fe. pulchre in the garden of Uzza; and Jofiah his fon reigned in his ftead. CHAP. XXII.

JOSIAH was eight years old when

he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerufalem. And his mother's name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boícath.

11 Because Manaffeh king of Judah hath done thefe abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the 2 And he did that which was right Amorites did, which were before him, in the fight of the Loan, and walked and hath made Judah alfo to fin with in all the way of David his father, and his idols: turned not afide to the right hand or

12 Therefore thus faith the LORD to the left. God of Ifrael, Behold, I am bringing 3 And it came to pass in the eigh fuch evil upon Jerufalem and Judah, teenth year of king Jofiah, that the that whofoever heareth of it, both his king fent Shaphan the fun of Azaliah, 'ears hall tingle. the fon of Meshullam, the scribe, to

13 And I will stretchover Jerufalem the houfe of the LORD, faying, the line of Samaria, and the plummet. 4 Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe that he may fum the filver which is Jerufalem as a man wipeth a dish, brought into the houfe of the LORD, wiping It, and turning it upside down. which the keepers of the door have 14 And I will forfake the remnant of gathered of the people: miae inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they fhall become a prey and a fpoil to all their enemies;

15 Because they have done that which was evil in iny fight, and have provoked me to anger, fince the day their fathers came forth out of Egypt, even unto this day.

5 And let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD: and let them give it to the doers of the work which is in the houfe of the LORD, to repair the breaches of the house,

6 Unto carpenters, and builders, and mafons, and to buy timber and hewa ftone to repair the house.

16 Moreover Manaffeh thed innocent blood very much, till he had 7 Howbeit there was no reckoning filled Jerufalem from one end to ano-made with them of the money that ther; befide his in wherewith he was delivered into their hand, because made Judah to fin, in doing that which they dealt faithfully.

was evil in the fight of the LORD. 8 And Hilkiah the high priest faid 17 Now the reft of the acts of Ma-junto Shaphan the fcribe, I have found naffeh, and all that he did, and his the book of the law in the houfe of in that he finned, are they not written the LORD And Hilkiah gave the book in the book of the chronicles of the to Shaphan, and he read it. kings of Judah?

9 And Shaphan the fcribe came to 18 And Manafeh flept with his fa- the king, and brought the king word thers, and was buried in the garden of again, and faid, Thy fervants have his own houfe, in the garden of Uzza: gathered the money that was found in and Amon his fon reigned in his flead. the houfe, and have delivered it into 19 Amon was twenty and two the hand of them that do the work, years old when he began to reign, and that have the overfight of the house hereigned two years in Jerufalem. And of the LORD. his mother's name tea Mehullemeth, the daughter of Haruz of Jutbah.

20 And he did that which was evil in the ight of the LORD, as his father Manafeh did.

21 And he walked in all the way that his father walked in, and ferved the idols that his father ferved, and worshipped them:

22 And he forfook the LORD God of his fathers, and walked not in the way of the LORD.

23 Andthefervants of Amnon confpired against him, and flew the king in his own houfe.

24 And the people of the land flew al! them that had confpired againft king Amon; and the peuple of the land made Jofiah his fon king in his Read.

10 And Shaphan the fcribe fhew. ed the king, faying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Sha phan read it before the king.

II And it came to pafs, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes.

12 And the kingcommanded Hilkiah the prieft, and Abikain the fon of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the fcribe, and Afahiah a fervant of the king's, faying,

13 Go ye, enquire of the LonD 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 Lown that is kindled against us, heraufe our fathers have Inot hearkened unto the words of this

Huldab's prophecy.

CHAP. XXIII. Jefab destroyeth idolatry. book, to do according unto all that fields of Kidron, and carried the aches which is written concerning us. of them into Beth-el.

14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahi- 5 And he put down the idolatrous kam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and priefts, whom the kings of Judah had Afahiah, went unto Huldah the pro-ordained to burn incenfe in the high phetefs,the wife of Shallum the fon of places in the cities of Judah, and in Tikvah, the fon of Harhas, keeper the places round about Jerufalem: of the wardrobe; (now the dwelt in them alfo that burned incenfe unto Jerufalem in the college;) and they Baul, to the fun, and to the moon, communed with her. and to the planets, and to all the hoft of heaven.

15 And the faid unto them, Thus faith the LORD God of Ifrael, Tell the man that fent you to me,

16 Thus faith the LORD, Behold, will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read:

17 Because they have forfaken me, and have burned incenfe unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath fhall be kindled against this place, and fhall not be quenched.

18 But to the king of Judah which fent you to enquire of the LORD, thus fhall ye fay to him, Thus faith the LORD God of Ifrael, A touching the words which thou haft heard;

6 And he brought out the grove from the honfe of the LORD, without Jerufalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and flamped it fmall to powder, and caft the powder 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 of the cities of Jadah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burnt incenfe, from Geba to Beer. fheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that were in the entering Jin of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man's left band at the gate of the city.

19 Because thine heart was tender, and thou haft humbled thy felf before 9 Nevertheless the priests of the the LORD, when thou heardeft what high places came not up to the altar of I fpake against this place, and against the LORD in Jerufalem, but they did the inhabitants thereof, that they eat of the unleavened bread among fhould become a defolation and a their brethren. curfe, and haft rent thy clothes, and IO And he defiled Topheth, which wept before me; I also have heard is in the valley of the children of Hin thee, faith the LORD. nom, that no man might make his fon or his daughter to pafs through the fire to Molech.

20 Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes fhall not fee all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again. CHAP. XXIII.

thered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerufalem.

II And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the fun, at the entering in of the houfe of the LORD, by the chamber of Nathanmelech the chamberlain, which was

riots of the fun with fire.
red the cha-

12 And the altars that were on the 2 And the king went up into the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, houfe of the LORD, and all the men which the kings of Judah had made, of Judah and all the inhabitants of Je- and the altars which Manafleh had rusalem with him, and the priefts and made in the two courts of the houfe the prophets, and all the people, both of the LORD, did the king beat down, fall and great: and he read in their and brake them down from thence, ears all the words of the book of the and caft the duft of them into the covenant which was found in the houfe brook Kidron. of the LORD.

13 And the high places that were 31And the king flood by a pillar,and before Jerufalem, which were on the made a covenant before the LORD, to right hand of the mount of corruption, walk after the LORD, and to keep his which Solomon the king of Ifrael had commandments and his teftimonies builded for Afhtoreth the abomination and his ftatutes with all their heart of the Zidonians, and for Chemoth and all their foul, to perform the words the abomination of the Moabites, and of this covenant that were written in for Milcom the abomination of the this book. And all the people floodchildren of Ammon, did the king

to the covenant.


4 And the king commanded Hilkiah 14 And he brake in pieces the the high priest, and the priests of the images, and cut down the groves, and fecond order, and the keepers of the filled their places with the bones of door, to bring forth out of the temple men.

of the LORD all the veffels that were 15 Moreover the altar that was at made for Baal, and for the grove, and Beth-el, and the high place which Je for all the hoft of heaven: and heroboam the fon of Nebat, who made burned them without Jerufalem in the Ifrael to fin, had made, both that

JojaB'T Zeat and reformation. 11. KINGS. He is flain by Pharaoh. altar and the high place he brake written in the book of the chronicles down, and burned the high place,and of the kings of Judah? ftamped it fmall to powder, and .burned the grove.

16 And as Jofiah turned himself, he fpied the fepulchres that were there in the mount, and fent, and took the bones out of the fepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the word of the LORD which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed thefe words. 17 Then he faid, What title is that that I fee? And the men of the city told him, It is the fepulchre of the man of God, which came from Judah, and proclaimed thefe things that thou haft done againft the altar of Beth-el. 18 And he faid, 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 alfo of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Ifrael had made to provoke the LORD to anger, Jofiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Beth-el.

20 And he flew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burned men's bones upon them, and returned to Jerufalem. 21And the king commanded all the people, faying, Keep the paffover unto the LORD your God, as it is written in the book of this covenant.

22 Surely there was not holden fuch a paffover from the days of the judges that judged Ifrael, nor in all the days of the kings of Ifrael,nor of the kings of Judah;

23 But in the eighteenth year of king Jofiah, wherein this paffover was holden to the LORD in Jerufalem. 24

29 In his days Pharaoh-nechohking of Egypt went up againft the king of Affyria to the river Euphrates: and king Jofiah went againft him; and he flew him at Megiddo, when he had feen him.

30 And his fervants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerufalem, and buried him in his own fepulchre. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the fon of Jofiab, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's flead.

31 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in Jerufalem. And his mother's name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 32 And he did that which was evil in the fight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done.

33 And Pharaoh.nechoh put him in bands at Riblah, in the land of Ha math, that he might not reign in Jerusalem; and put the land to a tribute of an hundred talents of filver, and a talent of gold.

34 And Pharaoh-nechoh made Eli. akim the fon of Jofiah king in the room of Jofiah his father, and turned his name to Jehoiakim, and took Je hoahaz away: and he came to Egypt, and died there.

35 And Jehoiakim gave the filver and the gold to Pharaoh; but he taxed the land to give the money according to the commandment of Pharaoh: he exacted the filver and the gold of the people of the land, of every one according to his taxation, to give it unto Pharaoh-nechoh.

36Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign; Moreovertheworkerswithfami- and he reigned eleven years in Jeru liar fpirits, and the wizards, and the falem. And his mother's name was images, and the idols, and all the abo- Zebudah, the daughter of Pedaiah of ninations that were spied in the land Rumah. of Judah and in Jerufalem, did Jofiah put away, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the houfe 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 foul, and with all his might, ac cording to all the law of Mofes; neither after him arofe there any like


37 And he did that which was evil in the fight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done.

TN his days Nebuchadnezzar king of

Babylon cane up, and Jehoiakim became his fervant three years: then he turned and rebelled against him,

2 And the LORD fent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians,and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon, 26 Notwithstanding the LORDturned and fent them againft Judah to deftroy not from the fiercenefs of his great it, according to the word of the Lonn, wrath, wherewith his anger was kin-which he spake by his fervants the dled against Judah, becaufe of all the prophets. provocations that Manaffeh had provoked him withal.

27 Andthe LonDfaid, I will remove Judah alfo out of my fight, as I have removed Ifrael, and will caft off this city Jerufalem which I have chofen, and the houfe of which I faid, My name shall be there.

3 Surely at the commandment of the LORD came this upon Judab, to remove them out of his fight, for the fins of Manaffeh, according to all that he did

4 And alfo for the innocent blood that he fhed: for he filled Jerufalem with innocent blood; which the LORD

28 Now the rest of the acts of Jo-would not pardon. fiah, and all that he did, are they not

5 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoi

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