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6 For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.

7 And the LORD was with him; and he prosperedd whithersoever he went forth and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.

8 He smote the Philistines, even unto 8 Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

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.

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.

11 And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes:

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.

13 Now, in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah, and took them.

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 will I bear. And the king of Assyria appointed unto 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 house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king's house.

a verse 4. 2 Ch. 31. 1. b De. 10. 20. Jos. 23.8.

after him.

c 1 Sa. 18. 14.

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them. λor, pit. Is. 20. 1. r De. 8. 7, 8.

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.

17 And the king of Assyria sent Tar-heavy. tan, and Rabsaris, and Rab-shakeh, from Lachish to king Hezekiah, with a great host against Jerusalem: and they went up, and came to Jerusalem. And when they were come up, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which is in the highway of the fuller's field.

18 And when they had called to the king, there came out to them Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder.

19 And Rab-shakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saithor, talkest. the great king, the king of Assyria, What word of the confidence is this wherein thou trustest? lips.

vor, deceiv eth.

Is. 7. 3. tch. 19.12,13. Is.10.10,11. u Je. 49. 23.

έor, secretary.

chap.17.24. w ch.19.17,18.

Da. 3. 15.

20 Thou sayest, (but they are but P vainor, But words,) I have counsel and strength for the war. Now, on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me?

Sennacherib invades Judah.

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 ?

counsel and

strength are for the war. Pr. 26. 4.

23 Now therefore, I pray thee, give Y pledges to my lord the king of Assyria, and I will deliver thee two thousand horses, if thou be able on thy part to set riders upon them.

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 ?

25 Am 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 said Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna, and Joah, unto Rabshakeh, 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.

27 But Rab-shakeh said unto them, Hath my master sent me to thy master, and to thee, to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men which sit on the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss, with you?

28 Then Rab-shakeh stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jews' language, and spake, saying, Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria:

29 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you; for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand :

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 king of Assyria.

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 A cistern;

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 oil olive and of honey, that ye may live and not die: and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The LORD will deliver us.


33 Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land 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 mine hand?

35 Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of mine hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand?

36 But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him


21 Now, behold, thou trustest upon the staff of this bruised reed, even upon Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt unto all that trust on Eze. 29.6,7. Asaph the recorder, to Hezekiah, with him. their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rab-shakeh.

Am. 5. 13. T trustest thee.

37 Then came Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of

z Is. 33. 7. 22 But if ye say unto me, We trust in

Sennacherib's fall predicted.


AND it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD.

fire: for they were no gods, but a the work of men's hands, wood and stone; therefore they have destroyed them.

2 And he sent Eliakim which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.

19 Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.

20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.

3 And they said unto him, Thus saith Bor, provoHezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there chap. 18.17. is not strength to bring forth.


ƒ Ps. 65. 2.
g La. 2. 13.

i Job 16. 4.
La. 2. 15.

21 This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning him: The virgin the daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and

Ps. 50. 21. m Ro. 9. 27.

4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear all the words of Rab-shakeh, whom the Ps. 74. 18. laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of king of Assyria his master hath sent to Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee. reproach the living God; and will re22 Whom hast thou reproached and prove the words which the LORD thy blasphemed? and against whom hast thou God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes prayer for the remnant m that are y left. on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.


Hezekiah sends to Isaiah.

B. C. 710.

a Ps.115.4, &c
Is. 44.10, &c
b Is. 37. 1, &o
1 Ki. 20. 28.

d Lu. 3. 4,
e Je. 30. 7.

n Is. 5. 24.

Je. 51. 5.
8 by the hand

• Ps. 20. 7.
P chap. 18.35.
the tallness.
a ver. 35..37.

r Je. 51. 1.

So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.

6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.

23 By thy messengers thou hast reproached the Lord, and hast said, With the multitude of my chariots I am come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut down the tall cedar trees thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the lodgings of his borders, and into the forest of his Carmel.

7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.

24 I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places.

8 So Rab-shakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was de-kor, Hast parted from Lachish.

or, fenced.

thou not
heard how

9 And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out to fight against thee; he sent messengers again unto Hezekiah, saying,

25 Hast thou not heard long ago how I have done it, and of ancient times that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste fenced cities into ruinous heaps.

I have made
it long ago,
and formed
it of an-
cient times?
should I

10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God in whom thou trustest" deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.

26 Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of now bring it the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the house tops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.

11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly; and shalt thou be delivered ?

to be laid waste, and fenced cities to be ruinous heaps? chap. 18.14.

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

t Is. 45. 7.

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

29 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such things as grow of themselves, and in the second year that which springeth of the same; and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof.

13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?

14 And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.

15 And Hezekiah_ prayed" before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.

or, the fo

rest and

his fruitful field,

Is. 10. 18.

12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have de- 1 Sa. 23. 27. stroyed: as Gozan, and Haran, and Re-short of zeph, and the children of Eden* which were in Thelasar ?

"chap. 18. 5.
Ps. 129. 6.
or, sitting.
* ch.18.33,34.

y Eze. 38. 4.

Eze. 27. 23.

V the escap-
ing of the
house of Ju-

dah that re-

a 2 Ch. 32. 20.
verse 4.
the escaping.

c1 Sa. 4. 4.

2 Ch. 5.7, 8. d1 Ki. 18. 39.

Is. 44. 6.

16 LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God.

17 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of As-2 Ch. 6.40. h chap. 20. 6. syria have destroyed the nations and their lands,

p given.

18 And have cast their gods into the

Ps. 102. 25.

SPs. 31. 2.

30 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.

31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.

32 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it.

33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.

34 For I will defend this city to save it, for mine own sake, and for my ser. vant David's sake.

Hezekiah's sickness and recovery.

35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.

37 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smoted him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of 8 Armenia. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead. CHAPTER XX.


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those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Y Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.

2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying,

3 I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked m before thee in truth" and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah Swept sore.

4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

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

7 And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

a2 Ch. 32. 21. Is. 37. 36.

b Ge. 10. 11.

Jon. 1. 2. 3.2, &c c verse 13.

a verse 7.

8 And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign a that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day?

9 And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?

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

11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD; and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Åhaz.

12 At that time Berodach-baladan, the son of Baladan king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.

ẞ Ararat. Ez. 4. 2. chap. 24.13.

25.13. Le. 26. 19. Je. 27. 21.

52. 17.

2 Ch.32.24,

13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

14 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto

&c. Is. 38.1, &c.

nor, city.
1 Sa. 9. 16.

6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assy-chap.19.20. ria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.

10. 1. Ps.66.19,20. 2 Ch. 33. 1, &c.

Y Give charge concerning thine house, 2 Sa. 17. 23.

chap. 24.12. 2 Ch. 33. 11. Da. 1. 3.

* Job 1. 21. Ne. 13. 22. & Shall there not be peace

and truth? m ch. 18. 3..6. n Ge. 17. 1. 1 Ki. 3. 6.

Swith a great weeping. Ne. 3. 16. p2 Ch. 32. 30.

t Ps. 39. 12. 56.8. 126. 5.

u De. 32. 39. chap. 16.3. chap. 19.34. chap. 18.4, y 1 Ki. 16. 32. chap. 17.16. De. 4. 19.

Job 31. 26. a Ju.6.17,37.

Is. 7.11, 14. b Je. 32. 34. c1 Ki. 8. 29.

Mi. 6. 7.

chap.16.3. 17.17. e De. 18. 10. Jos. 10. 12. 2 Sa. 7. 13. h1 Ki. 9. 3.

Manasseh's impious reign.

king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.

O degrees.

i Is. 39. 1, &c. xor, Mero


j2 Sa. 7. 10. 2 Ch. 32. 27. or, spicery. μ vessels, or, jewels. Pr. 23. 5. m Pr. 29. 12.

15 And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.

16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.

17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.

18 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt they take' away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. And he said, & Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?


20 And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water" into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead. CHAPTER XXI.

MANASSEH was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hephzi-bah.

2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.

3 For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.

And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD said, In Jerusalem will I put my name.

5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.


6 And he made his son d pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

7 And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of which the LORD said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:

8 Neither

will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe to do according to all that I have the law that my servant Moses comcommanded them, and according to all manded them.


9 But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the children of Israel.

Manasseh's ruin foretold.

10 And the LORD spake by his servants the prophets, saying,

11 Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols:

12 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle.

13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem the lines of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem ash a man wipeth a dish, Y wiping it, and turning it upside down.

14 And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies;


a De. 5. 32.
6 ch.23.26,27.
24. 3, 4.

Je. 15. 4.

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c verse 9. 1 Ki. 21. 26.

dch.12.4, &c. e1 Sa. 3. 11.

Je. 19. 3. Am. 3. 2. ƒPs. 84. 10.

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

16 Moreover, Manasseh shed innocent blood m very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith" he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in them sight of the LORD.

17 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and all that he did, and his sin that he sinned, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

18 And Manasseh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own house, in the garden of Uzza: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.

19 Amon was twenty and two years old when he began to reign; and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah.

r verse 19.

20 And he did that which was evil in 2 Ch.34. 20. the sight of the LORD, as his father Manasseh did.



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

B threshold.

Is. 10. 22.

34. 11. La. 2. 8.

Am. 7. 7, 8. 1 Ki. 14. 10.


he wipeth and turneth it upon the face thereof.

Ps.89.38, &c

Je. 12. 7.
Am. 5. 2.

Ps. 74. 1..7. De. 31. 24. 2 Ch. 34. 14, &c.

Je. 2. 34.

19. 4.


from mouth

to mouth.

n1 Ki. 14. 16. melted.

02 Ch. 33. 1.. 20.


? Ne. 8.3, 18. Je. 36. 6,15. 12 Ch. 33. 21,


nor, Micah.

t verse 2, &c. "1 Ch. 10. 14.

v Ps. 76. 7. Na. 1. 6. Re. 6. 17. w ch. 22. 17. 1 Ki. 11. 33.

* De. 29. 27.

y Ja.1.22..25. 2 Ch.34. 22.


or, Hasrah. K garments.

or, in the second part. a Mat. 1. 10, called Josias.

Josiah's pious reign.

way of David his father, and turned not aside a to the right hand or to the left.

3 And it came to pass, in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, that the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the house of the LORD, saying,

4 Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may sum the silverd which is brought into the house of the LORD, which the keepers of the door have gathered of the people:

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 house of the LORD, to repair the breaches of the house,

6 Unto carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber and hewn stone, to repair the house.

7 Howbeit there was no reckoning made with them of the money that was delivered into their hand, because they dealt faithfully.

8 And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the_book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.

9 And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD.

10 And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read? it before the king.

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

12 And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king's, saying,


13 Go ye, inquire" of the LORD for and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us.


14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her.

15 And she said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me,

16 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I 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:

61 Ki. 13. 2.
2 Ch. 34. 1,


&c. De.29.25, &c 17 Because they have forsaken me, Ne.9.26,27. and have burned incense unto other gods, Da.9.11..14 that they might provoke me to anger with d Jos. 15. 39. all the works of their hands; therefore 1 Th. 2. 16. my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched.

Josiah destroys idolatry,

18 But to the king of Judah, which sent B. C. 624. you to inquire of the LORD, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the LORD God a Eze. 44. 10.. of Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard;


b1 Sa. 2. 36. c Is. 30. 33. Je. 7.31.

d Jos. 15. 8. Le. 18. 21.

De. 18. 10. Eze.23.37,39

Ps. 51. 17.

Is. 57.15.


19 Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the LORD. 20 Behold, therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again.


Or the king sent, and they gathered
unto him all the elders of Judah and of

2 And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the men of Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, 5 both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was " found in the house of the LORD.

3 And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes, with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book: and all the people stood to the covenant.

4 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove," and for all the host of heaven; and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Beth-el.

5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.

6 And he brought out the grove from the house of the LORD, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast 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 Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beer-sheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the gate of the city.

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9 Nevertheless the priests" of the high places came not up to the altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren.

10 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.

11 And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entering in of the house of the LORD, by the chamber of Nathan-melech the chamberlain, which was in the suburbs, and

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12 And the altars that were on them top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the LORD, did the king beat down, and y brake them down from thence, and cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron.

13 And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile.

14 And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men.

15 Moreover, the altar that was at Beth-el, and the high place" which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and burned the high place, and stamped it small to pow. der, an burned the grove.

16 And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that were there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the word " of the LORD, which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words.

17 Then he said, What title is that that I see? And the men of the city told him, It is the sepulchre of the man of God which came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Beth-el.

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