2 Kings 18:3-13 (Today's New International Version)

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3 He did what was right1 in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David2 had done. 4 He removed3 the high places,4 smashed the sacred stones5 and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake6 Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan.a ) 5 Hezekiah trusted7 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 fast8 to the LORD and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses. 7 And the LORD was with him; he was successful9 in whatever he undertook. He rebelled10 against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. 8 From watchtower to fortified city,11 he defeated the Philistines, as far as Gaza and its territory. 9 In King Hezekiah's fourth year,12 which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Shalmaneser king of Assyria marched against Samaria and laid siege to it. 10 At the end of three years the Assyrians took it. So Samaria was captured in Hezekiah's sixth year, which was the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel. 11 The king13 of Assyria deported Israel to Assyria and settled them in Halah, in Gozan on the Habor River and in towns of the Medes.14 12 This happened because they had not obeyed the LORD their God, but had violated his covenant15--all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded.16 They neither listened to the commands17 nor carried them out. 13 In the fourteenth year18 of King Hezekiah's reign, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah19 and captured them.
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