31He didright in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fatherDavid had done.
42He removed the highplaces and brokedown the sacred pillars and cutdown the aAsherah. He also broke in pieces3the bronzeserpent that Moses had made, for untilthosedays the sons of Israelburnedincense to it; and it was calledbNehushtan.
54He trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel; 5so that after him there was nonelike him among all the kings of Judah, nor among those who were before him.
For he 6clung to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commandedMoses.
77And the LORD was with him; wherever he went he prospered. And 8he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.
89He cdefeated the Philistines as far as Gaza and its territory, from 10watchtower to fortifiedcity.
Now in the fourthyear of KingHezekiah, which was the seventhyear of Hosheason of Elahking of Israel, 11Shalmaneserking of Assyriacame up againstSamaria and besieged it.
At the end of threeyears they captured it; in the sixthyear of Hezekiah, which was 12the ninthyear of Hosheaking of Israel, Samaria was captured.
Then the king of AssyriacarriedIsraelaway into exile to Assyria, and put them in 13Halah and on the Habor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes,
12because they 14did 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.