2 Kings 18:1-8 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Judah's King Hezekiah

1 In the third year of Israel's King Hoshea son of Elah, Hezekiah son of Ahaz became king of Judah. 2 He was 25 years old when he became king; he reigned 29 years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Abia daughter of Zechariah. 3 He did what was right in the Lord's sight just as his ancestor David had done.b 4 He removed the high places and shattered the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah [poles].c He broke into pieces the bronze snake that Moses made,d for the Israelites burned incense to it up to that time. He called it Nehushtan.e 5 Hezekiah trusted in the Lord God of Israel;f not one of the kings of Judah was like him, either before him or after him.g 6 He held fast to the Lord and did not turn from following Him but kept the commandments the Lord had commanded Moses. 7 The Lord was with him, and wherever he went, he prospered. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. 8 He defeated the Philistines as far as Gaza and its borders, from watchtower to fortified city.
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