1 And it came to pass in the third year of Osee son of Ela king of Israel Ezekias son of Achaz king of Juda began to reign.
2 Five and twenty years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name Abu, daughter of Zacharias.
3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David did.
4 He removed the high places, and broke in pieces the pillars, and utterly destroyed the groves, and the brazen serpent which Moses made: because until those days the children of Israel burnt incense to it: and he called it Neesthan.
5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; and after him there was not any like him among the kings of Juda, nor among those that were before him.
6 And he clave to the Lord, he departed not from following him; and he kept his commandments, as many as he commanded Moses.
7 And the Lord was with him; and he was wise in all that he undertook: and he revolted from the king of the Assyrians, and served him not.
8 He smote the Philistines to Gaza, and to the border of it, from the tower of the watchmen even to the strong city.
9 And it came to pass in the fourth year of King Ezekias (this is the seventh year of Osee son of Ela king of Israel,) Salamanassar king of the Assyrians came up against Samaria, and besieged it.
10 And he took it at the end of three years, in the sixth year of Ezekias, (this the ninth year of Osee king of Israel, when Samaria was taken.)
11 And the king of the Assyrians carried away the Samaritans to Assyria, and put them in Alae and in Abor, the river Gozan, and the mountains of the Medes;
12 because they hearkened not to the voice of the Lord their God, and transgressed his covenant, in all things that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded, and hearkened not , nor did .
13 And in the fourteenth year of king Ezekias came up Sennacherim king of the Assyrians against the strong cities of Juda, and took them.
14 And Ezekias king of Juda sent messengers to the king of the Assyrians to Lachis, saying, I have offended; depart from me: whatsoever thou shalt lay upon me, I will bear. And the king of Assyria laid upon Ezekias king of Juda three hundred talents of silver, and thirty talents of gold.
15 And Ezekias gave all the silver that was found in the house of the Lord, and in the treasures of the king's house.
16 At that time Ezekias cut off the doors of the temple, and the pillars which Ezekias king of Juda overlaid with gold, and gave it to the king of the Assyrians.
17 And the king of the Assyrians sent Tharthan and Raphis and Rapsakes from Lachis to king Ezekias with a strong force against Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem, and stood by the aqueduct of the upper pool, which is by the way of the fuller's field.
18 And they cried to Ezekias: and there came to him Heliakim the son of Chelcias the steward, and Somnas the scribe, and Joas the son of Saphat the recorder.
19 And Rapsakes said to them, Say now to Ezekias, Thus says the king, the great king of the Assyrians, What this confidence wherein thou trustest?
20 Thou hast said, (but mere words,) counsel and strength for war. Now then in whom dost thou trust, that thou hast revolted from me?
21 See now, art thou trusting for thyself on this broken staff of reed, upon Egypt? whosoever shall stay himself upon it, it shall even go into his hand, and pierce it: so Pharao king of Egypt to all that trust on him.
22 And whereas thou hast said to me, We trust on the Lord God: not this he, whose high places and altars Ezekias has removed, and has said to Juda and Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem?
23 And now, I pray you, make and agreement with my lord the king of the Assyrians, and I will give thee two thousand horses, if thou shalt be able on thy part to set riders upon them.
24 How then wilt thou turn away the face of one petty governor, from among the least of my lord's servants? whereas thou trustest for thyself on Egypt for chariots and horsemen.
25 And now have we come up without the Lord against this place to destroy it? The Lord said to me, Go up against this land, and destroy it.
26 And Heliakim the son of Chelkias, and Somnas, and Joas, said to Rapsakes, Speak now to thy servants in the Syrian language, for we understand it; and speak not with us in the Jewish language: and why dost thou speak in the ears of the people that are on the wall?
27 And Rapsakes said to them, Has my master sent me to thy master, and to thee, to speak these words? not to the men who sit on the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own water together with you.
28 And Rapsakes stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jewish language, and spoke, and said, Hear the words of the great king of the Assyrians:
29 thus says the king, Let not Ezekias encourage you with words: for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand.
30 And let not Ezekias cause you to trust on the Lord, saying, The Lord will certainly deliver us; this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of the Assyrians: hearken not to Ezekias:
31 for thus says the king of the Assyrians, Gain my favour, and come forth to me, and every man shall drink of his own vine, and every man shall eat of his own fig-tree, and shall drink water out of his own cistern;
32 until I come and remove you to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, and bread and vineyards, a land of olive oil, and honey, and ye shall live and not die: and do not ye hearken to Ezekias, for he deceives you, saying, The Lord shall deliver you.
33 Have the Gods of the nations at all delivered each their own land out of the hand of the king of the Assyrians?
34 Where is the god of Haemath, and of Arphad? where is the god of Seppharvaim, Ana, and Aba? for have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?
35 Who among all the gods of the countries, who have delivered their countries out of my hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?
36 But were silent, and answered him not a word: for a commandment of the king, saying, Ye shall not answer him.
37 And Heliakim the son of Chelcias, the steward, and Somnas the scribe, and Joas the son of Saphat the recorder came in to Ezekias, having rent their garments; and they reported to him the words of Rapsakes.