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.
Now in the fourthyear of KingHezekiah, which was the seventhyear of Hosheason of Elahking of Israel, 14Shalmaneserking of Assyriacame up againstSamaria and besieged it.
At the end of threeyears they captured it; in the sixthyear of Hezekiah, which was 15the ninthyear of Hosheaking of Israel, Samaria was captured.
Then the king of AssyriacarriedIsraelaway into exile to Assyria, and put them in 16Halah and on the Habor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes,
12because they 17did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed His covenant, even all that Moses the servant of the LORDcommanded; they would neitherlistennordo it.
1318Now in the fourteenthyear of KingHezekiah, Sennacheribking of Assyriacame up againstall the fortifiedcities of Judah and seized them.
Then Hezekiahking of Judahsent to the king of Assyria at Lachish, saying, "19I have donewrong. dWithdraw from me; whatever you eimpose on me I will bear." So the king of Assyriafrequired of Hezekiahking of Judahthreehundredtalents of silver and thirtytalents of gold.
1520Hezekiahgave him all the silver which was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasuries of the king'shouse.
At that timeHezekiahcutoff the gold from the doors of the temple of the LORD, and from the doorpostswhichHezekiahking of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to the king of Assyria.
Then the king of Assyriasent21Tartan and Rab-saris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to KingHezekiah with a largearmy to Jerusalem. So they went up and came to Jerusalem. And when they went up, they came and stood by the 22conduit of the upperpool, which is on the highway of the gfuller'sfield.
When they called to the king, 23Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and 24Shebnah the scribe and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, came out to them.
Then Rabshakehsaid to them, "Saynow to Hezekiah, 'Thussays the greatking, the king of Assyria, "25What is thisconfidence that you hhave?
"You say (but they are ionlyemptywords ), 'I have counsel and strength for the war.' Now on whom do you rely, 26that you have rebelled against me?
21"Nowbehold, you j27rely on the staff of thiscrushedreed, even on Egypt; on which if a manleans, it will go into his khand and pierce it. So is Pharaohking of Egypt to all who rely on him.
"But if you say to me, 'We trust in the LORD our God,' is it not He whosehighplaces and 28whose altarsHezekiah has takenaway, and has said to Judah and to Jerusalem, 'You shall worshipbeforethisaltar in Jerusalem '?
23"Now therefore, lcome, make a bargain with my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousandhorses, if you are able on your part to setriders on them.
24"How then can you mrepulseonenofficial of the least of my master'sservants, and orely on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?
"Have I nowcome up pwithout the LORD'S approval againstthisplace to destroy it? The LORDsaid to me, 'Go up againstthisland and destroy it.' ""'
Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebnah and Joah, said to Rabshakeh, "Speaknow to your servants in Aramaic, for we qunderstand it; and do not speak with us in r29Judean in the hearing of the peoplewho are on the wall."
But Rabshakehsaid to them, "Has my mastersent me only to your master and to you to speakthesewords, and not to the men who sit on the wall, doomed to eat their own dung and drink their own urine with you?"
Then Rabshakehstood and cried with a loudvoice in Judean, ssaying , "Hear the word of the greatking, the king of Assyria.
29"Thussays the king, '30Do not let Hezekiahdeceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you from tmy hand;
30nor let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, "The LORD will surelydeliver us, and thiscity will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria."
'Do not listen to Hezekiah, for thussays the king of Assyria, "uMake your peace with me and come out to me, and eat31each of his vine and each of his figtree and drinkeach of the waters of his own cistern,
32until I come and take you away 32to a land like your own land, a land of grain and newwine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olivetrees and honey, that you may live and not die." But do not listen to Hezekiahwhen he misleads you, saying, "The LORD will deliver us."
'33Has anyone of the gods of the nationsdelivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria?
'34Where are the gods of Hamath and 35Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena and v36Ivvah? Have they deliveredSamaria from my hand?
35'Who among all the gods of the landswhave delivered their land from my hand, 37that the LORD should deliverJerusalem from my hand?' "
But the people were silent and answered him not a word, for the king'scommandment was, "Do not answer him."
Then 38Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah39with their clothestorn and told him the words of Rabshakeh.