He held fast1 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 successful2 in whatever he undertook. He rebelled3 against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.
From watchtower to fortified city,4 he defeated the Philistines, as far as Gaza and its territory.
In King Hezekiah's fourth year,5 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 king6 of Assyria deported Israel to Assyria and settled them in Halah, in Gozan on the Habor River and in towns of the Medes.712
This happened because they had not obeyed the LORD their God, but had violated his covenant8--all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded.9 They neither listened to the commands10 nor carried them out.
In the fourteenth year11 of King Hezekiah's reign, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah12 and captured them.
So Hezekiah king of Judah sent this message to the king of Assyria at Lachish:13 "I have done wrong.14 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 gave15 him all the silver that was found in the temple of the LORD and in the treasuries of the royal palace.
At this time Hezekiah king of Judah stripped off the gold with which he had covered the doors16 and doorposts of the temple of the LORD, and gave it to the king of Assyria.