|2 Kings 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.
2 He was twenty five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah.
3 He did what was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his forefather had done.
4 He removed the high places, broke the sacred pillars, cut down the Asherim [idols], and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for up to that time the children of Israel had been burning incense to it; but he called it Nehushtan [an unclean Thing].
5 Hezekiah trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that there was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, neither before him nor after him.
6 For he clung to the LORD and did not depart from following him, but kept his commands, which the LORD had commanded Moses.
7 And the LORD was with him; he prospered wherever he went. And he rebelled against the king of Assyria and would not serve him.
8 He smote the Philistines, even to Gaza and its borders, from watchtower to fortified city.
9 Now it came to pass in the fourth year of King Hezekiah of Judah, 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.
10 And at the end of three years they took it. In the sixth year of Hezekiah, which was the ninth year of Hoshea, king of Israel, Samaria was taken.
11 Then the king of Assyria carried the people of Israel away to Assyria, and put them in Halah and by the Habor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes,
12 Because they did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded, and would neither hear nor do them.
13 Then in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib, king of Assyria, came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them also.
14 And Hezekiah, king of Judah, sent to the king of Assyria at Lachish, saying, "I have done wrong. Withdraw from me; whatever you demand I will pay." So the king of Assyria exacted from Hezekiah, king of Judah, three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold.
15 And Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the temple of the LORD and in the treasures of the king's palace.
16 At that time Hezekiah also stripped off the gold from the doors of the temple of the LORD and from the pillars that Hezekiah, king of Judah, had overlaid, and gave it to the king of Assyria.
17 Then the king of Assyria sent Tartan, the Rabsaris and the Rabshakeh [commanders] from Lachish against King Hezekiah at Jerusalem with a great army. And they went up to Jerusalem, and when they arrived, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which is on the highway to the fuller's field.
18 And when they had called to the king, Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna, the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the recorder, came out to them.
19 And the Rabshakeh said to them, "Say to Hezekiah, 'Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: What justifies this confidence in which you trust?
20 You say, (but they are only vain words), I have counsel and strength for war. On whom do you trust, that you rebel against me?
21 Now look, you trust upon the staff of that broken reed, Egypt; if a man leans on it, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh, king of Egyp,t to all who trust on him.
22 But if you say to me, "We trust in the LORD our God." Is it not he whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has removed, and has said to Judah and Jerusalem, "You must worship before this altar in Jerusalem?"
23 Now therefore, I pray you, give a pledge to my lord the king of Assyria, and I can deliver two thousand horses to you — if you are able on your part to put riders on them.
24 How then can you expect to repel one captain of the least of my master's servants, when you put your trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen?
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.'"
26 Then Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna and Joah said to Rabshakeh, "Speak to your servants in the Syrian language, for we understand it; and do not talk to us in the Jews' language in the hearing of the people who are on the wall."
27 But the Rabshakeh said to them, "Has my master sent me only to your master and to you, to speak these words? Has he not sent me to the men who sit on the wall, who will eat their own dung and drink their own piss with you?"
28 Then the Rabshakeh stood and cried with a loud voice in the Jews' language, saying, "Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria:
29 Thus says the king: Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. For he shall not be able to deliver you out of my hand;
30 Nor 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.'
31 Do not listen to Hezekiah, for thus says the king of Assyria: Make peace with me by a present and come out to me, and then every man will eat from his own vine and fig tree, and ever man drink the waters of his own cistern,
32 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of oil olive and of honey, that you may live and not die. Do not listen to Hezekiah when he persuades you, saying, 'The LORD will deliver us.'
33 Have any of the gods of the nations ever delivered his country out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
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?"
35 Who among all the gods of the lands have ever delivered their countries out of my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?'"
36 But the people held their peace and did not answer him a word, for the king's command was, "Do not answer him."
37 Then Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph the recorder, want to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him what the Rabshakeh had said.
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