In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah1 son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.
He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years.2 His mother's name was Abijaha daughter of Zechariah.
He did what was right3 in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David4 had done.
He removed5 the high places,6 smashed the sacred stones7 and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake8 Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was calledb Nehushtan.c )