Now it came about 1in the thirdyear of Hoshea, the son of Elahking of Israel, that 2Hezekiah the son of Ahazking of Judahbecameking.
He was 3twenty-fiveyearsold when he becameking, and he reignedtwenty-nineyears in Jerusalem ; and his mother'sname was Abi the daughter of Zechariah.
34He didright in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fatherDavid had done.
45He removed the highplaces and brokedown the sacred pillars and cutdown the aAsherah. He also broke in pieces6the bronzeserpent that Moses had made, for untilthosedays the sons of Israelburnedincense to it; and it was calledbNehushtan.
57He trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel ; 8so that after him there was nonelike him among all the kings of Judah, nor among those who were before him.
For he 9clung to the LORD ; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commandedMoses.
710And the LORD was with him; wherever he went he prospered. And 11he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.
812He cdefeated the Philistines as far as Gaza and its territory, from 13watchtower to fortifiedcity.