Hezekiah trusted1 in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him.
He held fast2 to the LORD and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses.
And the LORD was with him; he was successful3 in whatever he undertook. He rebelled4 against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.
From watchtower to fortified city,5 he defeated the Philistines, as far as Gaza and its territory.
In King Hezekiah's fourth year,6 which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Shalmaneser king of Assyria marched against Samaria and laid siege to it.
At the end of three years the Assyrians took it. So Samaria was captured in Hezekiah's sixth year, which was the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel.
The king7 of Assyria deported Israel to Assyria and settled them in Halah, in Gozan on the Habor River and in towns of the Medes.812
This happened because they had not obeyed the LORD their God, but had violated his covenant9--all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded.10 They neither listened to the commands11 nor carried them out.
In the fourteenth year12 of King Hezekiah's reign, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah13 and captured them.
So Hezekiah king of Judah sent this message to the king of Assyria at Lachish:14 "I have done wrong.15 Withdraw from me, and I will pay whatever you demand of me." The king of Assyria exacted from Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talentsa of silver and thirty talentsb of gold.
So Hezekiah gave16 him all the silver that was found in the temple of the LORD and in the treasuries of the royal palace.