THE SECOND BOOK OF
2 Kings 18 ©
Hezekiah becomes king over Judah, v. 1, etc. Is very God-fearing; is not afraid of the king of Assyria, and overcomes the Philistines, 3. Shalmaneser takes Samaria, and Israel is carried away captive to Assyria, 9. Sennacherib invades the land of Judah, and Hezekiah pays him tribute, 13. Notwithstanding, he summons Jerusalem, 17. Rabshakeh stirs up the people to mutiny, and blasphemes God, 19. Which is told the king, 37.
NOW it came to pass in the 1third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, thata2Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.
3Twenty 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 4Abi, the daughter of 5Zachariah.
And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did.
¶He removedb the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the 6brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it 7Nehushtan.
He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none 8like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.
For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following 9him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.
And the LORD 10was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he 11rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him 12not.
He smotec the 13Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, 14from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.
¶And it camed to pass in the fourth year of king Hezekiah, which was the 15seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against Samaria, and besieged it.
And ate the end of 16three years they took it: even in the sixth year of Hezekiah, that is the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was taken.
And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them in 17Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes:
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 18not hear them, nor do them.
¶Now inf the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah, and took 19them.
And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria to 20Lachish, 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 21talents of silver and thirty talents of gold.
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.
At that time did Hezekiah 22cut 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 23it to the king of Assyria.
¶And the king of Assyria 24sent Tartan and 25Rab-saris 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 26conduit of the 27upper pool, which is in the 28highway of 29the fuller’s field.
And when they had called to the king, there came out to them 30Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the household, and Shebna the 31scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the 32recorder.
And Rab-shakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest?
Thou sayest, (but they are but 33vain words,) I have counsel and strength for the war. Now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me?
Now, behold, thou trustest upon the staff of this 34bruised 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 him.
But if ye say unto 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 35this altar in Jerusalem?
Now therefore, I pray thee, 36give 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.
How then wilt thou 37turn 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?
Am I now come up without the LORD against this place to destroy it? The LORD 38said to me, Go up against this land, and destroy it.
Then said Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna, and Joah, unto Rab-shakeh, Speak, I pray thee, to thy servants in the Syrian language; for we 39understand it: and talk not with us in the Jews' language in the ears of the people that are on the wall.
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, 40that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?
Then Rab-shakeh stood and cried with a 41loud voice in the Jews' language, and spake, saying, Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria:
Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand:
Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will 42surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a 43present, 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:
Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land 44of 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, 45when he persuadeth you, saying, The LORD will deliver us.
Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered 46at all his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
Where are the gods of 47Hamath, and of Arpad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim, 48Hena, and Ivah? have they delivered Samaria out of mine hand?
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?
But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.
Then came Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, 49which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, to Hezekiah with their 50clothes rent, and told him the words of Rab-shakeh.