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Sennacherib slain by his sons II. KINGS.

The sun goes backward. therefore I will put my hook i thy nose. years; and I will deliver thee and this and mny bridle in thy lips, and I will turn city out of the hand of the king of Assythee back by the way by which thoucamest. ria; and I will defend this city for mine

29 And this shall be a sign unto thee, sown sake, and for my servant David's sake. Ye shall eat this year such things as grow 7 And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. of themselves, and in the second year that And they took and laid it on the hile, and which springeth of the same; and in the he recovered. third year sow ye, and reap, and plant 8 T And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof. What shall be the sign that the LORD will

30 And the remnant that is escaped of heal me, and that I shall go up into the the house of Judah shall yet again take house of the Lord the third day? root downward, and bear fruit upward. 9 And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou

31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth have of the Lord, that the Lord will do a remnant, and they that escape out of the thing that he hath spoken: shall the mount Zion: the zeal of the Lord of hosts shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back shall do this.

ten degrees ? 32 Therefore thus saith the LORD con- 10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light cerning the king of Assyria, He shall not thing for the shadow to go down ten decome into this city, nor shoot an arrow grees: nay, but let the shadow return there, nor come before it with shield, nor backward ten degrees. cast a bank against it.

11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto 33 By the way that he came, by the the Lord: and he brought the shadow same shall be return, and shall not come ten degrees backward, by which it had into this city, saith the LORD.

gone down in the dial of Abaz. 34 For I will defend this city, to save 12 4 At that time Berodach-baladan, it, for mine own sake, and for my servant the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent David's sake.

letters and a present unio Hezekiab: for be 35 9 And it came to pass that night, had heard that Hezekiah had been sick. that the angel of the LORD went out, and 13 And Hezekiah bearkened unto them, smote in the camp of the Assyrians a and shewed them all the house of his prehundred fourscore and five thousand : and cious things, the silver, and the gold, and when they arose early in the morning, be the spices, and the precious ointment, and hold, they were all dead corpses. all the house of his armour, and all that

36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria de was found in his treasure-: there was noparted, and went and returned, and dwelt thing in his house, nor in all his dominion, at Nineveh.

that Hezekiah shewed them not. 37 And it came to pass, as he was wor- 14 | Then came Isaiah the prophet un shipping in the house of Nisroch his god, to king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons said these men ? and from whence came smote him with the sword: and they they unto thee? And Hezekiab said, escaped into the land of Armenia. And They are come from a far country, even Esar-baddon his son reigned in his stead. from Babylon. CHAP. XX.

15 And he said, What have they seen N those days was Hezekiah sick unto in thy house? And Hezekiah answerof Amoz came to him, and said unto him, have they seen: there is nothing among Thus saith the LORD, Set thy house in my treasures that I have not shewed them. order; for thou shalt die, and not live. 16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah,

2 Then he turned his face to the wall, Hear the word of the Lord. and prayed unto the Lord, saying, 17 Rehold, the days come, that all that

3'1 beseech thee, O Lord, remember is in thy house, and that which thy fanow how I have walked before thee in thers have laid up in store unto this day, truth and with a persect beart, and have shall be carried into Babylon: nothing done that which is good in thy sight. And shall be left, saith the Lord. Hezekiah wept sore.

18 And of thy sons that shall issue from 4 And it came pass, afore Isaiah was thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they gone out into the middle court, that the take away; and they shall be eunuchs in word of the LORD came to bim, saying, the palace of the king of Babylon.

5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the 19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isajah, captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, Good is the word of the Lord which thou the God of David thy father, I have bast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: if peace and truth be-in my days? behold, I will heal thee: on the third day 20 | And the rest of the acts of Hezethou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord. kiah, and all his might, and how he made 6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen a pool, and a conduit, and brought water

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Manasseh's reign and idolatry. CHAP. XXI, XXII. Amon's wicked reign. into the city, are they not written in the 14 And I will forsake the remnant of book of the Chronicles of the kings of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the Judah?

hand of their enemies; and they shall be21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: come a prey and a spoil to all their enemies; and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead. 15 Because they have done that which CHAP. XXI. was evil in my sight, and have

provoked ANASSEH was twelve years old me to anger, since the day their fathers ed fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And day. his mother's name was Hephzi-bah. 16 Moreover, Manasseh shed innocent

2 And he did that which was evil in the blood very much, till he had filled Jerusasight of the Lord, after the abominations lem from one end to another; besides his of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out sin wherewith he made Judab to sin, in before the children of Israel.

doing that which was evil in the sight of 3 For he built up again the high places the Lord. which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; 17 Now the rest of the acts of Manasand he reared up altars for Baal, and made seh, and all that he did, and his sin that a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and he sinned, are they not written in the book worshipped all the host of heaven, and of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah ? served them.

18 And Manasseh slept with his fathers, 4 And he built altars in the house of the and was buried in the garden of his own LORD, of which the LORD said, In Jeru- house, in the garden of Uzza: and Amon salem will I put my name.

his son reigned in his stead. 5 And he built altars for all the host of 19 1 Amon was twenty and two years heaven in the two courts of the house of old when he began to reign, and he reignthe LORD.

ed two years in Jerusalem. And his mo6 And he made his son pass through the ther's name was Meshullemeth, the daughfire, and observed times, and used enchant- ter of Haruz of Jotbah. ments, and dealt with familiar spirits and 20 And he did that which was evil in the wizards: be wrought much wickedness in sight of the Lord, as his father Manasseh the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to did. anger.

21 And he walked in all the way that 7 And he set a graven image of the his father walked in, and served the idols grove that he had made in the house, of that his father served, and worshipped which the LORD said to David, and to So-them: lomon his son, In this house, and in Jeru- 22 And he forsook the LORD God of his salem, which I have chosen ou of all tribes fathers, and walked not in the way of the of Israel, will I put my name for ever: LORD.

8 Neither will I make the feet of Israel 23 | And the servants of Amon conmove any more out of the lard which I spired against him, and slew the king in gave their fathers ; only if t'ey will ob- his own house. serve to do according to all that I have 24 And the people of the land slew all commanded them, and according to all the them that had conspired against king law that my servant Moses commanded Amon; and the people of the land made them.

Josiah his son king in his stead. 9 But they hearkened not: and Manas- 25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon seh seduced them to do more evil than did which he did, are they not written in the the nations whom the Lord destroyed be- book of the Chronicles of the kings of Jufore the children of Israel.

dah ? 10 | And the LORD spake by his ser- 26 And he was buried in his sepulchre Fants the prophets, saying,

in the garden of Uzza: and Josiah his son 11 Because Manasseh king of Judah reigned in his stead. hath done these abominations, and bath

CHAP. XXII. done wickedly above all that the Amorites OSIAH was eight years old when he did, which were before him, and hath made began to reign,and he reigned thirty and Judah also to sin with his idols :

one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's 12 Therefore thus saith the Lord God name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil of Boscath. upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever 2 And he did that which was right in the beareth of it, both his ears shall tingle. sight of the Lord, and walked in all the

13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem way of David bis father, and turned not the line of Samaria, and the plummet of aside to the right hand or to the left. the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jeru- 3 [ And it came to pass in the salem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, eighteenth year of king Josiah, that the and turning it upside down.

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The good reign of Josiah. II. KINGS.

He covenants with God. the son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the book which the king of Judah hath read: house of the LORD, saying,

17 Because they have forsaken me, and 4 Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that have burned incense unto other gods, that he may sun the silver which is brought they might provoke me to anger with all into the house of the LORD, which the the works of their hands; therefore my keepers of the door have gathered of wrath shall be kindled against this place, the people:

and shall not be quenched. 5 And let them deliver it into the hand 18 But to the king of Judah which sent of the doers of the work, that have the you to inquire of the LORD, thus shall ye oversight of the house of the LORD: and say to him, Thus saith the LORD God of let them give it to the doers of the work, Israel, As touching the words which thou which is in the house of the LORD, to re- hast heard; pair the breaches of the house,

19 Because thy heart was tender, and 6 Unto carpenters, and builders, and thou hast humbled thyself before the masons, and to buy timber and hewn LORD, when thou heardest what I spake stone to repair the house.

against this place, and against the inhabit. 7 Howbeit, there was no reckoning ants thereof, that they should become a made with them of the money that was desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy delivered into their hand, because they clothes, and wept before me; I also have dealt faithfully,

heard thee, saith the LORD. 8 | And Hilkiah the high priest said 20 Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gatherbook of the law in the house of the LORD. ed into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, shall not see all the evil which I will bring and he read it.

upon this place. And they brought the 9 And Shaphan the scribe came to the king word again. king, and brought the king word again,

CHAP. XXIII. and said, Thy servants have gathered the A Ninto him all the elders of Judah and money that was found in the house, and bare delivered it into the hand of them of Jerusalem. that do the work, that have the oversight 2 And the king went up into the house of the house of the LORD.

of the Lord, and all the men of Judah and 10 And Shaphan the scribe shewed the all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, king, saying, Hilkiah the priest bath de- and the priests, and the prophets, and all livered me a book. And Shapban read the people, both small and great: and he it before the king.

read in their ears all the words of the book 11 And it came to pass, when the king of the covenant which was found in the bad heard the words of the book of the house of the LORD. law, that he rent his clothes.

31 And the king stood by a pillar, and 12 And the king commanded Hilkiah made a covenant before the LORD, to walk the priest, and Aħikam the son of Sha- after the Lord, and to keep his commandphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, ments, and his testimonies, and his staand Shaphan the scribe, and Asabiah a tutes, with all their heart, and all their servant of the king's, saying,

soul, to perform the words of this covenant 13 Go ye, inquire of the Lord for me, that were written in this book. And all and for the people, and for all Judah, con- the people stood to the covenant. cerning the words of this book that is 4 And the king commanded Hilkiah found for great is the wrath of the LORD the high priest, and the priests of the sethat is kindled against us, because our fa- cond order, and the keepers of the door, thers have not hearkened unto the words to bring forth out of the temple of the of this book, to do according unto all that LORD all the vessels that were made for which is written concerning us.

Baal, and for the grove, and for all the 14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, host of heaven: and he burned them withand Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, out Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and went unto Hyldah the prophetess, the carried the ashes of them unto Beth-el. wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the 5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe ; whom the kings of Judah had ordained to (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the col-burn incense in the high places in the lege ;) and they communed with her. cities of Judah, and in the places round

15 | And she said unto them, Thus about Jerusalem; them also that burned saith the Lord God of Israel, Tell the incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the man that sent you to me,

moon, and to the planets, and to all the 16 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will host of heaven. bring evil upon this place, and upon the in- 6 And he brought out the grove from habitants thereof, even all the words of the the house of the LORD, without Jerusalem, Josiah destroys idolatry. CHAP. XXIII. His zeal for reformation. unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at I see? And the men of the city told him, the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to It is the sepulchre of the man of God, powder, and cast the powder thereof upon which came from Judah, and proclaimed the graves of the children of the people. these things that thou hast done against

7 And he brake down the houses of the the altar of Beth-el. sodomites that were by the house of the 18 And he said, Let him alone; let no LORD, where the women wove hangings man move his bones. So they let his bones for the grove.

alone, with the bones of the prophet that 8 And he brought all the priests out of came out of Samaria. the cities of Judah, and defiled the high 19 And all the houses also of the high places where the priests had burntincense, places that were in the cities of Samaria, from Geba to Beer-sheba, and brake down which the kings of Israel had made to prothe bigh places of the gates that were invoke the LORD to anger, Josiah took the entering in of the gate of Joshua the away, and did to them according to all governor of the city, which were on a the acts that he had done in Beth-el. man's left hand at the gate of the city. 20 And he slew all the priests of the

9 Nevertheless, the priests of the high high places that were there upon the altars, places came not up to the altar of the and burnt men's bones upon them, and LORD in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the returned to Jerusalem. unleavened bread among their brethren. 21 [ And the king commanded all the

10 And be defiled Topheth, which is people, saying, Keep the passover unto in the valley of the childrer of Hinnom, the LORD your God, as it is written in the that no man might make bis son or his book of this covenant. daughter to pass through the fire to Molech. 22 Surely there was not holden such a

11 And he took away the horses that passover from the days of the judges that the kings of Judab had given to the sun, judged Israel, nor in all the days of the at the entering in of the house of the LORD, kings of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah; by the chamber of Nathan-melech the 23 But in the eighteenth year of king chamberlain, which was in the suburbs, Josiah, wherein this passover was holden and burned the chariots of the sun with fire. to the LORD in Jerusalem.

12 And the altars that were on the top 24 | Moreover, the workers with fa. of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the miliar spirits, and the wizards, and the kings of Judah bad made, and the altars images, and the idols, and all the abomiwhich Manasseb had made in the two nations that were spied in the land of Jucourts of the house of the LORD, did the dah and in Jerusalem, did Josiab put king beat down, and brake them down away, that he might perform the words of from thence, and cast the dust of them into the law which were written in the book the brook Kidron.

that Hilkiah the priest found in the house 13 And the high places that were before of the LORD. Jerusalem, which were on the right hand 25 And like unto him was there no king of the mount of Corruption, which Solo- before him, that turned to the LORD with mon the king of Israel had builded for all his heart, and with all his soul, and Ashtoretb the abomination of the Zidoni- with all his might, according to all the law ans, and for Chemosb the abomination of of Moses; neither after him arose there the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomi- any like him. nation of the children of Ammon, did the 26 T Notwithstanding, the LORD turned king defile.

not from the fierceness of his great wrath, 14 And he brake in pieces the images, where with his anger was kindled against and cut down the groves, and filled their Judah, because of all the provocations that places with the bones of men.

Manasseh had provoked him withal. 15 [ Moreover, the altar that was at 27 And the LORD said, I will remove Beth-el, and the high place which Jero- Judah also out of my sight, as I have reboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel moved Israel, and will cast off this city to sin, had made, both that altar and the Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the bigh place he brake down, and burned the house of which I have said, My name high place, and stamped it small to pow. shall be there. der, and burned the grove.

28 Now the rest of the arts of Josiah, 16 And as Josiah turned himself, he and all that he did, are they not written in spied the sepulchres that were there in the the book of the Chronicles of the kings of mount, and sent, and took the bones out Judah? of the sepulchres, and burned them upon 29 | In his days Pharaoh-nechoh king the altar, and polluted it, according to the of Egypt went up against the king of Asword of the Lord which the man of God syria to the river Eupbrates: and king proclaimed, who proclaimed these words. Josiah went against him; and he slew himo 17 Then be said, What title is that that at Megiddo, when he had seen hin.

Rebellion of Jehoiakim.

II. KINGS. Jerusalem taken and spoiled. 30 And his servants carried him in a and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought stead. him to Jerusalem, and buried him in bis 7 And the king of Egypt came not again own sepulchre. And the people of the any more out of his land: for the king of land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and Babylon had taken from the riverof Egypt anointed him, and made him king in his unto the river Euphrates all that pertainfather's stead.

ed to the king of Egypt. 31 T Jehoahaz was twenty and three 8 | Jehojachin was eighteen years old years old when he began to reign; and he when he began to reign, and he reigned in reigned three months in Jerusalem. And Jerusalem three months. And his mobis mother's name was Hamutal, the thei's name was Nebushta, the daughter of daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

Elnathan of Jerusalem. 32 And he did that which was evil in 9 And he did that which was evil in the the sight of the LORD, according to all sight of the LORD, according to all that that his fathers had done.

his father had done. 33 And Pharaoh-nechoh put him in 10 | At that time the servants of Nebands at Riblah in the land of Hamath, buchadnezzar king of Babylon came up that he might not reign in Jerusalem; and against Jerusalem, and the city was beput the land to a tribute of a hundred sieged. talents of silver, and a talent of gold. il And Nebuchadnezzar king of Baby

34 And Pharaoh-nechoh made Eliakim lon came against the city, and his servants the son of Josiah king in the room of Jo- did besiege it. siah his father, and turned his name to 12 And Jehoiachin the king of Judah Jehojakim, and took Jehoahaz away: and went out to the king of Babylon, he, and bis he came to Egypt, and died there. mother, and his servants, and his princes,

35 Ind Jehoiakim gave the silver and and his officers: and the king of Babylon the gold to Pharaoh; but he taxed the land took him in the eighth year of his reign. to give the money according to the com- 13 And he carried out thence all the mandment of Pharaoh: he exacted the treasures of the house of the LORD, and silver and the gold of the people of the the treasures of the king's house, and cut land, of every one according to his taxa- in pieces all the vessels of gold which Sotion, to give it unto Pharaoh-nechoh. lomon king of Israel had made in the tem

36 Jehoiakim was twenty and five ple of the Lord, as the Lord had said. years old when he began to reign; and he 14 And he carried away all Jerusalem, reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And and all the princes, and all the mighty his mother's name was Zebudah, the men of valour, even ten thousand captives, daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah.

and all the craftsmen, and smiths : none 37 And he did that which was evil in the remained, save the poorest sort of the peosight of the LORD, according to all that his ple of the land. fathers bad done.

15 And he carried away Jehoiachin to CHAP. XXIV.

Babylon, and the king's mother, and the N his days Nebuchadnezzar king of king's wives, and his officers, and the

Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim be- mighty of the land, those carried he into came his servant three years: then he captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon. turned and rebelled against him.

16 And all the men of might, even seren 2. And the LORD sent against him bands thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, thousand, all that were strong and apt for and bands of the Moabites, and bands of war, even them the king of Babylon the children of Ammon, and sent them brought captive to Babylon. against Judab to destroy it, according to 17 1 And the king of Babylon made the word of the LORD, which he spake by Mattaniah his father's brother king in his his servants the prophets.

stead, and changed his name to Zedekiah. 3 Surely at the commandment of the 18 Zedekiah was twenty and one sears Lord came this upon Judah, to remove old when he began to reign, and he reignthein out of his sight, for the sins of Ma- ed eleven years in Jerusalem. And his nasseh, according to all that he did; mother's name was Hamutal, the daughter

4 And also for the innocent blood that of Jeremiah of Libnah. be shed, (for be filled Jerusalem with in- 19 And he did that which was evil in nocent blood, ) which the LORD would not the sight of the Lord, according to all that pardon.

Jehoiakim had done. 5 | Now the rest of the acts of Jehoia- 20 For through the anger of the LORD kim, and all that he did, are they not it came to pass in Jerusalem, and Judah, written in the book of the Chronicles of the until he had cast them out from his prekings of Judah?

sence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the 6 So Jehoiakim slept with his fatbers : king of Babylon.

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