Second Kings 18


18:1 Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah
 king of Israel, [that] Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah
 began to reign.
18:2 Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign;
 and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's
 name also [was] Abi, the daughter of Zachariah.
18:3 And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD,
 according to all that David his father did.
18:4 He removed the high places, and broke the images, and cut
 down the groves, and broke in pieces the brazen serpent that
 Moses had made: for till those days the children of Israel
 burnt incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.
18:5 He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was
 none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor [any] that were
 before him.
18:6 For he cleaved to the LORD, [and] departed not from
 following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD
 commanded Moses.
18:7 And the LORD was with him; [and] he prospered whithersoever
 he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and
 served him not.
18:8 He smote the Philistines, [even] to Gaza, and its borders,
 from the tower of the watchmen to the fortified city.
18:9 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.
18:10 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.
18:11 And the king of Assyria carried away Israel to Assyria,
 and put them in Halah and in Habor [by] the river of Gozan, and
 in the cities of the Medes:
18:12 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].
18:13 Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah Sennacherib
 king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of
 Judah, and took them.
18:14 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 I will bear. And the king of Assyria
 appointed to Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of
 silver and thirty talents of gold.
18:15 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.
18:16 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.
18:17 And the king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rab-saris and
 Rab-shakeh from Lachish to king Hezekiah with a great army
 against Jerusalem: and they went up, and came to Jerusalem: and
 when they had come up, they came and stood by the conduit of
 the upper pool, which [is] in the highway of the fuller's
 field.
18:18 And when they had called to the king, there came out to
 them Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who [was] over the household,
 and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder.
18:19 And Rab-shakeh said to them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah,
 Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence
 [is] this in which thou trustest?
18:20 Thou sayest, but [they are but] vain words, I [have]
 counsel and strength for the war. Now in whom dost thou trust,
 that thou rebellest against me?
18:21 Now behold, thou trustest upon the staff of this bruised
 reed, [even] upon Egypt, on which if a man leaneth, it will go
 into his hand, and pierce it: so [is] Pharaoh king of Egypt to
 all that trust on him.
18:22 But if ye say to 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?
18:23 Now therefore, I pray thee, give pledges to my lord the
 king of Assyria, and I will deliver thee two thousand horses,
 if thou shalt be able on thy part to set riders upon them.
18:24 How then wilt thou turn away the face of one captain of
 the least of my master's servants, and put thy trust on Egypt
 for chariots and for horsemen?
18:25 Have I now come up without the LORD against this place to
 destroy it? The LORD said to me, Go up against this land, and
 destroy it.
18:26 Then said Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna and Joah,
 to Rab-shakeh, Speak, I pray thee, to thy servants in the
 Syrian language; for we understand [it]: and talk not with us
 in the Jews language in the ears of the people that [are] on
 the wall.
18:27 But Rab-shakeh said to them, Hath my master sent me to thy
 master, and to thee, to speak these words? [hath he] not [sent
 me] to the men who sit on the wall, that they may feed on their
 vilest excretions with you?
18:28 Then Rab-shakeh stood and cried with a loud voice in the
 Jews language, and spoke, saying, Hear the word of the great
 king, the king of Assyria:
18:29 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he
 shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand:
18:30 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying,
 The LORD will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be
 delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
18:31 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of
 Assyria, Make [an agreement] with me by a present, and come out
 to me, and [then] eat ye every man of his own vine, and every
 one of his fig-tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his
 cistern:
18:32 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own
 land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a
 land of olive-oil and of honey, that ye may live, and not die:
 and hearken not to Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying,
 The LORD will deliver us.
18:33 Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his
 land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
18:34 Where [are] the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad? where [are]
 the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they delivered
 Samaria out of my hand?
18:35 Who [are] they among all the gods of the countries, that
 have delivered their country out of my hand, that the LORD
 should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?
18:36 But the people held their peace, and answered him not a
 word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.
18:37 Then came Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who [was] over the
 household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the
 recorder, to Hezekiah with [their] clothes rent, and told him
 the words of Rab-shakeh.
 
 

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