2 Kings 18
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2 Kings 18
Hezekiah King of Judah...
And it came to be in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah, sovereign of Yisra`el, that Hizqiyah son of Ahaz, sovereign of Yehudah, began to reign.
He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Yerushalayim. And his mother's name was Abi, daughter of Zekaryah.
And he did what was right in the eyes of YHWH, according to all that his father Dawid did.
He took away the high places and broke the pillars, and cut down the Asherah, and broke in pieces the bronze serpent which Mosheh had made, for until those days the children of Yisra'el burned incense to it, and called it Nehushtan.
He put his trust in YHWH Elohim of Yisra'el, and after him was none like him among all the sovereigns of Yehudah, nor who were before him,
and he clung to YHWH. He did not turn away from following Him, but guarded His commands, which YHWH had commanded Mosheh.
And YHWH was with him - wherever he went he acted wisely. And he rebelled against the sovereign of Ashshur and did not serve him.
He smote the Philistines, as far as Azzah and its borders - from watchtower unto the walled city.
And it came to be in the fourth year of Sovereign Hizqiyahu, which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah, sovereign of Yisra'el, that Shalmaneser sovereign of Ashshur came up against Shomeron and besieged it,
and they captured it at the end of three years. In the sixth year of Hizqiyah, that is the ninth year of Hoshea sovereign of Yisra'el, Shomeron was captured.
And the sovereign of Ashshur exiled Yisra'el to Ashshur, and placed them in Halah and Habor, the River of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes,
because they did not obey the voice of YHWH their Elohim, but transgressed His covenant - all that Mosheh the servant of YHWH had commanded. And they did not obey nor do them.
And in the fourteenth year of Sovereign Hizqiyahu, Sanherib sovereign of Ashshur came up against all the walled cities of Yehudah and captured them.
And Hizqiyah sovereign of Yehudah sent to the sovereign of Ashshur at Lakish, saying, 'I have done wrong, turn away from me. I shall bear whatever you impose on me.' And the sovereign of Ashshur imposed upon Hizqiyah, the sovereign of Yehudah, three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold.
And Hizqiyah gave him all the silver that was found in the House of YHWH and in the treasuries of the sovereign's house.
At that time Hizqiyah cut off the doors of the Hekal of YHWH, and the doorposts which Hizqiyah sovereign of Yehudah had overlaid, and gave it to the sovereign of Ashshur.
Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem...
And the sovereign of Ashshur sent the Tartan, and the Rabsaris, and the Rabshaqeh from Lakish, with a great army against Yerushalayim, to Sovereign Hizqiyahu. And they went up and came to Yerushalayim. And when they had come up, they came and stood by the channel of the upper pool, which was on the highway to the Launderer`s Field.
And they called to the sovereign. And Elyaqim son of Hilqiyahu, who was over the household, and Shebnah the scribe, and Yo'ah son of Asaph, the recorder, came out to them.
And the Rabshaqeh said to them, 'Please say to Hizqiyahu, 'Thus said the great sovereign, the sovereign of Ashshur, 'What is this trust in which you have trusted?
'You have spoken of having counsel and strength for battle, but they are only words of the lips! And in whom do you trust, that you rebel against me?
'Now look! You have put your trust in the staff of this crushed reed, Mitsrayim, on which if a man leans, it shall go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh sovereign of Mitsrayim to all who trust in him.
'But when you say to me, 'We trust in YHWH our Elohim,' is it not He whose high places and whose altars Hizqiyahu has taken away, and said to Yehudah and Yerushalayim, 'Bow yourselves before this altar in Yerushalayim'?''
'And now, I urge you, give a pledge to my master the sovereign of Ashshur, then I give you two thousand horses, if you are able to put riders on them!
'And how do you turn back the face of one commander of the least of my master's servants, and trust in Mitsrayim for chariots and horsemen?
'Have I now come up without YHWH against this place to destroy it? YHWH said to me, 'Go up against this land, and you shall destroy it.''
Then said Elyaqim son of Hilqiyahu, and Shebnah, and Yo'ah to the Rabshaqeh, 'Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, for we understand it. And do not speak to us in the language of Yehudah, in the ears of the people on the wall.'
And the Rabshaqeh said to them, 'Has my master sent me to your master and to you to speak these words, and not to the men sitting on the wall to eat their own dung and drink their own urine, with you?'
And the Rabshaqeh stood and called out with a loud voice in the language of Yehudah, and spoke and said, 'Hear the word of the great sovereign, the sovereign of Ashshur!
'Thus said the sovereign, 'Do not let Hizqiyahu deceive you, for he is unable to deliver you out of his hand,
and do not let Hizqiyahu make you trust in YHWH, saying, ' YHWH shall certainly deliver us, and this city is not given into the hand of the sovereign of Ashshur.''
'Do not listen to Hizqiyahu, for thus said the sovereign of Ashshur, 'Make peace with me by a present and come out to me, and let each of you eat from his own vine and each from his own fig tree, and each of you drink the waters of his own cistern,
until I come. Then I shall take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive-trees and honey, and live, and not die. But do not listen to Hizqiyahu, when he misleads you, saying, ' YHWH shall deliver us.'
'Has any of the mighty ones of the nations at all delivered its land from the hand of the sovereign of Ashshur?
'Where are the mighty ones of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the mighty ones of Sepharwayim and Hena and Iwwah? Did they deliver Shomeron from my hand?
'Who among all the mighty ones of the lands have delivered their land out of my hand, that YHWH should deliver Yerushalayim from my hand?''
But the people were silent and did not answer him a word, for the command of the sovereign was, 'Do not answer him.'
And Elyaqim son of Hilqiyah, who was over the household, and Shebnah the scribe, and Yo'ah son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hizqiyahu with their garments torn, and they reported to him the words of the Rabshaqeh.
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