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CHAP. XX. An angel slayeth the Assyrians 16 LORD, bow down thine ear, an ! hear:/ ing the king of Assyria, He shall not come open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent come before it with shield, nor cast a bank him to reproach the living God.

against it. 17 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria 33 By the way that he came, by the same have destroyed the nations and their lands, shall he return, and shall not coine into this 18 And have cast their gods into the fire: city, saith the LORD. for they were no gods, but the work of men's 31 For I will defend this city, to save it, for hands, wood and stone: therefore they have mine own sake, and for my servant David's destroyed them.

sake. 19 Now therefore, O Lord our God, I be- 35 | And it came to pass that niglit, tha: seech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote all the kingdoms of the earth may know that in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred fourthou art the Lord God, even thou only. score and five thousand : and when they

20. Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to arose . early in the morning, behold, they Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God were all dead corpses. of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departme against Sennacherib king of Assyria Ied, and went and returned, and dwelt at have heard.

Nineveh. 21 This is the word that the LORD hath 37 And it came to pass, as he was worshipspoken concerning him; The virgin the ping in the house of Nisroch his god, that daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Je-him with the sword: and they escaped into rusalem hath shaken her head at thee. the land of Armenia. And Esar-haddon his

22 Whom hast thou reproached and blas- son reigned in his stead. phemed ? and against wliom hast thon exalt

CHAP. XX. ed thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on

1 Hezekiah having received a message of death, high ? even against the Holy One of Israel. by prayer hath his life bengthened. 8 The sun 23 By thy messengere thou hast reproached

gocth ten degrees backward for a sign of that the LORD, and hast said, With the multitude

promise. 12 Berodach-baladan, sending to vi

sit Hezekiah, because of the wonder, hath noof my chariots I am come up to the height of

tice of his treasures. 14 Isaiah understanding the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and thercof foretelleth the Babylonian captivity. will cut down the tall cedar-trees thereof, 20 Manassch succeedeth Hezekiah. and the choice fir-trees thereof: and I will IN those days was Hezekiah sick unto enter into the lodgings of his borders, and death. And the prophei Isaiah the son into the forest of his Carmel.

of Amoz came to him, and said unto hiin, 24 I have digged and drunk strange waters, Thus saith the Lord, Set thy house in orand with the sole of my feet have I dried up der; for thou shalt die, and not live. all the rivers of besieged places.

2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and 25 Hast thou not heard long ago how I have prayed unto the LORD, saying, done it, and of ancient times that I have 3 Í beseech thee, O LORD, remember now formed it? now have I brought it to pass, how I have walked before thee in truth and that thou shouldest be to lay waste fenced with a perfect heart, and have done that cities into ruinous heaps.

which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah 26 Therefore their inhabitants were of small wept sore. power, they were dismayed and confounded; 4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was they were as the grass of the field, and as the gone out into the middle court, that the green herb, as the grass on the house-tops, word of the Lord came to him, saying, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.

5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the cap27 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, tain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the and thy coming in, and thy rage against me. God of David thy father, I have heard thy

28 Because thy rage against me and thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will tumult is come up into mine ears, therefore heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up I will put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle unto the house of the Lord. in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the 6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years way by which thou camest.

and I will deliver thee and this city out of 29 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye the hand of the king of Assyria; and I wil. shall eat this year such things as grow of defend this city for mine own sake, and for themselves, and in the second year that which my servant David's sake. springeth of the same; and in the third

year

✓ And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. Bow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and And they took and laid it on the bile, and eat the fruits thereof.

he recovered. 30 And the remnant that is escaped of the

81 And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What house of Judah shall yet again take root shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, downward, and bear fruit upward.

and that I shall go up into the house of the 31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a LORD the third day?" remnant, and they that escape out of mount 9 And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing this.

that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go 32 Therefore thus saith the LORD concern-) forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees ?

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The Babylonish captivity foretold. II. KINGS. Manasseh's reign and idolatry.

10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light | a grovs, as did Ahab king of Israel; and thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: worshipped all the host of heaven, and served nay, but let the shadow return backward ten them. degrees.

4 And he built altars in the house of the ll' And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the Lord, of which the LORD said, In Jerusa. Lord: and he brought the shadow ten de- lem will I put my name. grees backward, by which it had gone down 5 And he built altars for all the host of hea. in the dial of Ahaz.

ven in the two courts of the house of the 12 At that time Berodach-baladan, the LORD. son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters 6 And he made his son pass through the fire, and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had and observed times, and used enchantments, heard that Hezekiah had been sick.

and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: 13 And Hezekiah hiearkened unto them, he wrought inuch wickedness in the sight of and shewed them all the house of his pre- the Lord, to provoke him to anger. cious things, the silver, and the gold, and the 7 And he set a graven image of the grove spices, and the precious ointment, and all that he had made in the house, of which the the house of his armour, and all that was Lord said to David, and to Solomon his son, found in his treasures: there was nothing in In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have liis house, nor in all his dominion, that Heze-chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put kiah shewed them not.

my name for ever: 14 ? Then came Isaiah the prophet unto

8 Neither will I make the feet of Israel move king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What any more out of the land which I gave

their said these men ? and from whence came they fathers; only if they will observe to do acunto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are cording to all that I have commanded them, come from a far country, even from Babylon. and according to all the law that

my servant 15 And he said, What have they seen in Moses commanded them. thy house? And Hezekiab answered, All 9 But they hearkened not: and Manasseh the things that are in my house have they seduced them to do more evil than did the seen: there is nothing among my treasures nations whom the LORD destroyed before the that I have not shewed them.

children of Israel. 16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear 10 s And the LORD spake by his servants the word of the Lord.

the prophets, saying, 17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in 11 Because Manasseh king of Judah hath thy house, and that which thy fathers have done these abominations, and hath done laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried wickedly above all that the Amorites did, into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the which were before him, and hath made Judah Lord.

also to sin with his idols: 13 And of thy sons that shall issue from 12 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon away; and they shall be eunuchs in the Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever hearpalace of the king of Babylon.

eth of it, both his ears shall tingle. 19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good 13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem the is the word of the LORD which thou hast line of Samaria, and the plummet of the spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem peace and truth be in my days?

as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turn20 And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, ing it upside down. and all his might, and how he made a pool, 14 And I will forsake the remnant of mine and a conduit, and brought water into the inheritance, and deliver them into the hand city, are they not written in the book of the of their enemies; and they shall become a Chronicles of the kings of Judah ?

prey and a spoil to all their enemies; 21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers : 15 Because they have done that which was and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead. evil in my sight, and have provoked me to CHAP. XXI.

anger, since the day their fathers came forth 1 Manasseh his reign. 3 His great idolatry. 10 out of Egypt, even unto this day. His wickedness causeth prophecies against

16 Moreover, Manasseh shed innocent blood Judah. 17 Amon succeedeth him. 19 Āmon's very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from wicked reign. 23 He being slain by his ser- one end to another; besides his sin wherevants, and those murderers slain by the peo- with he made Judah to sin, in doing that ple, Josiah is made king.

which was evil in the sight of the LORD. MAN ASSE w as we were personed her

17 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, he began to reign, and reigned fifty and all that he did, and his sin that he sinand five years in Jerusalem. And his mo- ned, are they not written in the book of the ther's name was Hephzi-bah.

Chronicles of the kings of Judah? 2 And he did that which was evil in the sight 18 And Manasseh slept with his fathers, and of the Lord, after the abominations of the was buried in the garden of his own house, heathen, whom the LORD cast out before in the garden of Uzza: and Amon his son the children of Israel.

reigned in his stead. 3 For he built up again the high places 19 9 Amon was twenty and two years old which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; when he began to reign, and he reigned two and he reared up altars for Baal, and made l years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name

Josiah's good reign.

CHAP. XXII, XXIII. Prophecy respecting Jerusalem. was Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz / work, uiat have the oversight of the house of Jotbah.

of the Lord. 20 And he did that which was evil in the 10 And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, sight of the LORD, as his father Manasseh did. saving, Hilkiab the priest haih delivered mea

21 And he walked in all the way that his fa- book. And Shaphan read it before the king. ther walked in, and served the idols that his 11 And it came to pass, when the king had father served, and worshipped them : heard the words of the book of the law, that

22 And he forsook the LORD God of his he rent his clothes. fathers, and walked not in the way of the 12 And the king commanded Hilkiah the LORD.

priest, and Alikam the son of Shaphan, and 23.9And the servants of Amon conspired Achibor the son of Michaiah, and 'Shaphan against hiin, and slew the king in his own the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the house.

king's, saying, 24 And the people of the land slew all them 13 Go ye, inquire of the LORD for me, and that had conspired against king Amon; and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the people of the land made Josiah his son the words of this book that is found : for king in his stead.

great is the wrath of the LORD that is kin25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon which led against us, because our fathers have not he did, are they not written in the book of hearkened unto the words of this book, to do the Chronicles of the kings of Judah? according unto all that which is written con.

26 And he was buried in his sepulchre in cerning us. the garden of Uzza: and Josiah his son 14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Alikam, and reigned in his stead.

Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asalialı, went CHAP. XXII.

unto Haldah the prophetess, the wife of Shal1 Josiah his good reign. 3 He taketh care for lum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas,

the repair of the temple. 8 Hilkiah having keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in found the book of the laro, Josiah sendeth to Jerusalem in the college;) and they commuHuldah to inquire of the Lord. 15 Huldah ned with her. prophesieth the destruction of Jerusalem, but 15 | And she said unto them, Thus saith. respite thereof in Josiah's time.

the Lord God of Israel, Tell the man that JO

OSIAH was eight years old when he be- sent you to me,

gan to reign, and he reigned thirty and 16 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's bring evil upon this place, and upon the inname was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah habitants thereof, even all the words of thie of Boscath.

book which the king of Judah hath read: 2 And he did that which was right in the 17 Because they have forsaken me, and have sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way burned incense unto other gods, that they of David his father, and turned not aside to might provoke me to anger with all the works the right hand or to the left.

of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be 3 Ånd it came to pass in the eighteenth kindled against this place, and shall not be year of king Josiah, that the king sent Sha- quenched. phan the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshul- 18 But to the king of Judah which sent you lam, the scribe, to the house of the Lord, to inquire of the LORD, thus shali ye say to saying,

hin, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, As 4 Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he touching the words which thou hast heard ; may sum the silver which is brought into the 19 Because thy heart was tender, and thori bouse of the Lord, which the keepers of the hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when door have gathered of the people :

thou heardest what I spake against this 5 And let them deliver it'into the hand of place, and against the inhabitants thereof, the doers of the work, that have the over-that they should become a desolation and a sight of the house of the LORD: and let them curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept give it to the doers of the work, which is in before me; I also have heard thee, saith the the house of the LORD, to repair the breaches LORD. of the house,

20 Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto 6 Unto carpenters, and builders, and ma- thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into sons, and to buy timber and hewn stone to thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall no! repair the house.

see all the evil which I will bring upon this 7 Howbeit, there was no reckoning made place. And they brought the king word again with them of the money that was delivered

CHAP. XXIII. into their band, because they dealt faithfully. 1 Josiah causeth the book to be read in a solemn 8 And Hilkiah the high priest said unto

assembly. 3 He renewcth the covenant of the Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book

Lord. 4 He destroyeth idolatry. 15 He burnof the law in the house of the LORD. And eth dead men's bones upon the altar of Beth-el, Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he as was fore-prophesied. 21 He keepeth a most read it.

solemn passover. 24 He putteth away witchcs 9 And Shaphan the scribe came to the

and all abomination. 26 God's final wrath king, and brought the king word again, and

against Judah. 29 Josiah provoking Pharaohsaid, Thy servants have gathered the money

nechoh, is slain at Megiddo. 31 Jehoahaz suc

ceeding him, is imprisoned by Pharaoh-nechoh, that was found in the house, and have deli

who made Jehoiakim king. 36 Jehoiakim's vered it into the hand of them that do the wicked reign.

Josiah destroyeth idolatry.

II. KINGS.

His zeal and reformation.

Covenant.

unto him all the elders of Judah and of house of the LORD, did the king beat down), Jerusalem.

and brake them down from thence, and cast 2 And the king went up into the house of the dust of them into the brook Kidron. the LORD, and all the men of Judah and all 13 And the high places that were before the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the priests, and the prophets, and all the the mount of Corruption, which Soloinon the people, both small and great: and he read king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the in their ears all the words of the book of the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Checovenant which was found in the house of mosh the abomination of the Moabites, and the Lord.

for Milcom the abomination of the children 39 And the king stood by a pillar, and made of Ammon, did the king defile. a covenant before the Lord), to walk after 14 And he brake in pieces the images, and the LORD, and keep his commandments, cut down the groves, and filled their places and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all with the bones of men. their lieart, and all their soul, to perform the 15 | Moreover, the altar that was at Bethwords of this covenant that were written in el, and the bigh place which Jeroboam the this book. And all the people stood to the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had

made, both that altar and the high place he 1 And the king commanded Hilkiah the brake down, and burned the high place, and high priest, and the priests of the second or stanped il small to powder, and burned the der, and the keepers of the door, to bring grove. forth out of the temple of the Lord all the 16 And as Josial turned himself, he spied vessels that were made for Baal, and for the the sepulchres that were there in the mount, grove, aud for all the host of heaven: and he and sent, and took the bones out of the sea burned them without Jerusalem in the fields pulchres, and burned them upon the altar, of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto and polluted it, according to the word of the Betli-el.

Lord wbich the man of God proclaimed, 5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, who proclaimed these words. whom the kings of Judah had ordained to 17 Then he said, What title is that that I see? barn incense in the high places in the cities. And the men of the city told him, It is the of Judah, and in the places round about Jeru- sepulchre of the man of God, which came salem; them also that burned incense unto from Judah, and proclaimed these things that Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to thou hast done against the altar of Beth-el. the planets, and to all the host of heaven. 18 And he said, Let him alone; let no man

6 And he brought out the grove from the move his bones. So they let his bones alone, house of the LORD, without Jerusalem, unto with the bones of the prophet that came out the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook of Samaria. Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and 19 And all the houses also of the high places cast the powder thereof upon the graves of that were in the cities of Samaria, which the the children of the people.

kings of Israel had made to provoke the 7 And he brake down the houses of the so- LORD to anger, Josiah took away, and did domnites that were by the house of the LORD, to them according to all the acts that he had where the women wove hangings for the done in Beth-el. grove.

20 And he slew all the priests of the high 8 And he brought all the priests out of the places that were there upon the altars, and cities of Judah, and defiled the high places burnt men's bones upon them, and returned where the priests had burnt incense, from to Jerusalem. Geba to Beer-sheba, and brake down the 214 And the king commanded all the peohigh places of the gates that were in the en- ple, saying, Keep the passover unto the tering in of the gate of Joshua the governor LORD your God, as it is written in the book of the city, which were on a man's left hand of this covenant. at the gate of the city.

22 Surely there was not holden such a passo 9 Nevertheless, the priests of the high places over from the days of the judges that judged came not up to the altar of the LORD in Je- Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Isrusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened rael, nor of the kings of Judah; bread among their brethren.

23 But in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, 10 And he desiled Topheth, which is in the wherein this passover was holden to the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no LORD in Jerusalem. man might make his son or his daughter to 24. Moreover, the workers with familiar pass through the fire to Molech.

spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and 11 And he took away the horses that the the idols, and all the abominations that were kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, entering in of the house of the LORD, by the did Josiah put away, that he might perform chamber of Nathan-melech the chamberlain, the words of the law which were written in which was in the suburbs, and burned the the book that Hilkiah the priest fɔund in the chariots of the sun with fire.

house of the LORD. 12 And the altars that were on the top of 25 And like unto him was there no king bethe upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings fore him, that turned to the Lord with all of Judah had made, and the altars which Ma- I his heart, and with all his soul, and with all

He is slain by Pharaoli-nechoh. CHAP. XXIV. Jehoiakim's rebellion and ruin nis might, according to all the law of Moses; servant tiree years: then he turned and reneither after him arose there any like him. belled against him. 26 Notwithstanding, the LORD turned not 2 And the LORD sent against him bands of from the fierceness of his great wrath, where the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, and with his anger was kindled against Judah, bands of the Moabites, and bands of the chile because of all the provocations that Manas- dren of Amion, and sent them against Judah seh had provoked hiin withal.

to destroy it, according to the word of the 27 And the LORD said, I will remove Judah Lord, which he spake by his servants the also out of my sight, as I have removed Is- prophets. rael, and will cast off this city Jerusalemn 3 Surely at the commandinent of the Lord which I have chosen, and the house of came this upon Judah, to remove them out which I said, My name shall be there. of his siglit, for the sins of Manasseh, accord

28 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and ing to all that he did;. all that he did, are they not written in the 4 And also for the innocent blood that he book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah? shed, (for he filled Jerusalem with imocent 29 In his days Pharaoh-nechoh king of blood,) which the LORD would not pardon. Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to 5 9 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakin, the river Euphrates: and king Josiah went and all that he did, arc they not written in the against him; and he slew him at Megiddo, book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah? when he had seen him.

6 So Jehoiakiin slept with his fathers: and 30 And his servants carried him in a chariot Jehojachin his son reigned in his stead. dead from Megiddo, and brought him to Je- 7 And the king of Egypt came not again any rusalem, and buried him in his own sepul- more out of his land : for the king of Babycbre. And the people of the land took lon had taken from the river of Egypt unto Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed the river Euphrates all that pertained to the him, and made him king in his father's king of Egypt. stead.

8 | Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when 31 s Jehoahaz was twenty and three years he began to reign, and he reigned in Jeruold when he began to reign; and he reigned salem three months. And his mother's name three months in Jerusalem. And his mother's was Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan of name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah Jerusalem. of Libnah.

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

10 || At that time the servants of Nebuchad. 33 And Pharaoh-nechoh put him in bands nezzar king of Babylon came up against Jeat Riblah in the land of Hamath, that lie rusalem, and the city was besieged. might not reign in Jerusalem; and put the 11 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon land to a tribute of a hundred talents of sil- came against the city, and his servants did ver, and a talent of gold.

besiege it. 34 And Pharaoh-nechoh made Eliakim the 12 And Jehoiachin the king of Judah went son of Josiah king in the room of Josiah bis out to the king of Babylon, he, and his mofather, and turned his name to Jehoiakim, ther, and his servants, and his princes, and and took Jehoalaz away: and he came to his officers: and the king of Babylon took Egypt, and died there.

him in the eighth year of his reign. 35 And Jehoiakim gave the silver and the 13 And he carried out thence all the trea. gold to Pharaohı; but he taxed the land to sures of the house of the Lorn, and the trea. give the money according to the command- sures of the king's house, and cut in pieces ment of Pharaoh: he exacted the silver and all the vessels of gold which Solomon king the gold of the people of the land, of every of Israel had made in the temple of the LORD, one according to his taxation, to give it unto as the Lord had said. Pharaoli-nechoh.

14 And he carried away all Jerusalem, and 36 | Jehoiakim was twenty and five years all the princes, and all the mighty men of old when he began to reign; and be reigned valour, even ten thousand captives, and all eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's the craftsmen, and smiths : none remained, name was Zebudah, the daughter of Pedaiah save the poorest sort of the people of the land. of Rumah,

15 And he carried away Jehoiackin to Ba. 37 And he did that which was evil in the bylon, and the king's mother, and the king's sight of the LORD, according to all that his wives, and his officers, and the mighty of the father's had done.

land, those carried he into captivity froin CHAP. XXIV.

Jerusalem to Babylon. 1 Jehoiakim, first subdued by Nebuchadnezzar, 16 And all the men of miglit, eden seven

then rebelling against him, procureth his own thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a thou ruin. 6 Jehoiachin succeedeth him. 7 The

king sand, all that were strong and apt for war, lon. 8 Jehoiachin's evil reign. 10 Jerusalem is even them the king of Babylon brought captaken, and carried captive into Dübylon. 17 tive to Babylon. Zedekiah is made king, and reignsih ill unto 17. | And the king of Babylon made Mat. the utter destruction of Judah.

taniah his father's brother king m his stead, N his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Baby- and changed his name to Zedekiah. Ion came up, and Jehoiakim became his 18 Zedekiah was twenty and one years old

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