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2 Kings 18:1-8 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz began his rule over Judah. 1 In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.
2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king and he ruled for twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother's name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah.
3 In God's opinion he was a good king; he kept to the standards of his ancestor David. 3 He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done.
4 He got rid of the local fertility shrines, smashed the phallic stone monuments, and cut down the sex-and-religion Asherah groves. As a final stroke he pulverized the ancient bronze serpent that Moses had made; at that time the Israelites had taken up the practice of sacrificing to it - they had even dignified it with a name, Nehushtan (The Old Serpent). 4 He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan. )
5 Hezekiah put his whole trust in the God of Israel. There was no king quite like him, either before or after. 5 Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him.
6 He held fast to God - never loosened his grip - and obeyed to the letter everything God had commanded Moses. 6 He held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses.
7 And God, for his part, held fast to him through all his adventures. 7 And the LORD was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.
8 And he drove back the Philistines, whether in sentry outposts or fortress cities, all the way to Gaza and its borders. 8 From watchtower to fortified city, he defeated the Philistines, as far as Gaza and its territory.