The Bible Online: Book 12 2 Kings: 12:014:001 - 12:025:030

 

12:014:001 In the second year of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel
reigned Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah.

12:014:002 He was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and
reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother's
name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.

12:014:003 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, yet
not like David his father: he did according to all things as
Joash his father did.

12:014:004 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: as yet the people
did sacrifice and burnt incense on the high places.

12:014:005 And it came to pass, as soon as the kingdom was confirmed in
his hand, that he slew his servants which had slain the king
his father.

12:014:006 But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto
that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein
the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to
death for the children, nor the children be put to death for
the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own
sin.

12:014:007 He slew of Edom in the valley of salt ten thousand, and took
Selah by war, and called the name of it Joktheel unto this
day.

12:014:008 Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz
son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us look one
another in the face.

12:014:009 And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah,
saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that
was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife:
and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and
trode down the thistle.

12:014:010 Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thine heart hath lifted
thee up: glory of this, and tarry at home: for why shouldest
thou meddle to thy hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou,
and Judah with thee?

12:014:011 But Amaziah would not hear. Therefore Jehoash king of Israel
went up; and he and Amaziah king of Judah looked one another
in the face at Bethshemesh, which belongeth to Judah.

12:014:012 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel; and they fled
every man to their tents.

12:014:013 And Jehoash king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son
of Jehoash the son of Ahaziah, at Bethshemesh, and came to
Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate
of Ephraim unto the corner gate, four hundred cubits.

12:014:014 And he took all the gold and silver, and all the vessels that
were found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of
the king's house, and hostages, and returned to Samaria.

12:014:015 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoash which he did, and his
might, and how he fought with Amaziah king of Judah, are they
not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
Israel?

12:014:016 And Jehoash slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria
with the kings of Israel; and Jeroboam his son reigned in his
stead.

12:014:017 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the
death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.

12:014:018 And the rest of the acts of Amaziah, are they not written in
the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

12:014:019 Now they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem: and he
fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew
him there.

12:014:020 And they brought him on horses: and he was buried at Jerusalem
with his fathers in the city of David.

12:014:021 And all the people of Judah took Azariah, which was sixteen
years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah.

12:014:022 He built Elath, and restored it to Judah, after that the king
slept with his fathers.

12:014:023 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash king of
Judah Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel began to reign
in Samaria, and reigned forty and one years.

12:014:024 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he
departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat,
who made Israel to sin.

12:014:025 He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath
unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the LORD
God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant
Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of
Gathhepher.

12:014:026 For the LORD saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very
bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any
helper for Israel.

12:014:027 And the LORD said not that he would blot out the name of
Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of
Jeroboam the son of Joash.

12:014:028 Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, and all that he did, and
his might, how he warred, and how he recovered Damascus, and
Hamath, which belonged to Judah, for Israel, are they not
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

12:014:029 And Jeroboam slept with his fathers, even with the kings of
Israel; and Zachariah his son reigned in his stead.

12:015:001 In the twenty and seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel
began Azariah son of Amaziah king of Judah to reign.

12:015:002 Sixteen years old was he when he began to reign, and he
reigned two and fifty years in Jerusalem. And his mother's
name was Jecholiah of Jerusalem.

12:015:003 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that his father Amaziah had done;

12:015:004 Save that the high places were not removed: the people
sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

12:015:005 And the LORD smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the
day of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the
king's son was over the house, judging the people of the land.

12:015:006 And the rest of the acts of Azariah, and all that he did, are
they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
Judah?

12:015:007 So Azariah slept with his fathers; and they buried him with
his fathers in the city of David: and Jotham his son reigned
in his stead.

12:015:008 In the thirty and eighth year of Azariah king of Judah did
Zachariah the son of Jeroboam reign over Israel in Samaria six
months.

12:015:009 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as
his fathers had done: he departed not from the sins of
Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

12:015:010 And Shallum the son of Jabesh conspired against him, and smote
him before the people, and slew him, and reigned in his stead.

12:015:011 And the rest of the acts of Zachariah, behold, they are
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

12:015:012 This was the word of the LORD which he spake unto Jehu,
saying, Thy sons shall sit on the throne of Israel unto the
fourth generation. And so it came to pass.

12:015:013 Shallum the son of Jabesh began to reign in the nine and
thirtieth year of Uzziah king of Judah; and he reigned a full
month in Samaria.

12:015:014 For Menahem the son of Gadi went up from Tirzah, and came to
Samaria, and smote Shallum the son of Jabesh in Samaria, and
slew him, and reigned in his stead.

12:015:015 And the rest of the acts of Shallum, and his conspiracy which
he made, behold, they are written in the book of the
chronicles of the kings of Israel.

12:015:016 Then Menahem smote Tiphsah, and all that were therein, and the
coasts thereof from Tirzah: because they opened not to him,
therefore he smote it; and all the women therein that were
with child he ripped up.

12:015:017 In the nine and thirtieth year of Azariah king of Judah began
Menahem the son of Gadi to reign over Israel, and reigned ten
years in Samaria.

12:015:018 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he
departed not all his days from the sins of Jeroboam the son of
Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

12:015:019 And Pul the king of Assyria came against the land: and Menahem
gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that his hand might be
with him to confirm the kingdom in his hand.

12:015:020 And Menahem exacted the money of Israel, even of all the
mighty men of wealth, of each man fifty shekels of silver, to
give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned
back, and stayed not there in the land.

12:015:021 And the rest of the acts of Menahem, and all that he did, are
they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
Israel?

12:015:022 And Menahem slept with his fathers; and Pekahiah his son
reigned in his stead.

12:015:023 In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekahiah the son
of Menahem began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned
two years.

12:015:024 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he
departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who
made Israel to sin.

12:015:025 But Pekah the son of Remaliah, a captain of his, conspired
against him, and smote him in Samaria, in the palace of the
king's house, with Argob and Arieh, and with him fifty men of
the Gileadites: and he killed him, and reigned in his room.

12:015:026 And the rest of the acts of Pekahiah, and all that he did,
behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the
kings of Israel.

12:015:027 In the two and fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekah
the son of Remaliah began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and
reigned twenty years.

12:015:028 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he
departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who
made Israel to sin.

12:015:029 In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglathpileser king
of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abelbethmaachah, and Janoah,
and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land
of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria.

12:015:030 And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the
son of Remaliah, and smote him, and slew him, and reigned in
his stead, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah.

12:015:031 And the rest of the acts of Pekah, and all that he did,
behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the
kings of Israel.

12:015:032 In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah king of Israel
began Jotham the son of Uzziah king of Judah to reign.

12:015:033 Five and twenty years old was he when he began to reign, and
he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name
was Jerusha, the daughter of Zadok.

12:015:034 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD: he
did according to all that his father Uzziah had done.

12:015:035 Howbeit the high places were not removed: the people
sacrificed and burned incense still in the high places. He
built the higher gate of the house of the LORD.

12:015:036 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all that he did, are
they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
Judah?

12:015:037 In those days the LORD began to send against Judah Rezin the
king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah.

12:015:038 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and was buried with his
fathers in the city of David his father: and Ahaz his son
reigned in his stead.

12:016:001 In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the
son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign.

12:016:002 Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned
sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right
in the sight of the LORD his God, like David his father.

12:016:003 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made
his son to pass through the fire, according to the
abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from
before the children of Israel.

12:016:004 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on
the hills, and under every green tree.

12:016:005 Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of
Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz,
but could not overcome him.

12:016:006 At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and
drave the Jews from Elath: and the Syrians came to Elath, and
dwelt there unto this day.

12:016:007 So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglathpileser king of Assyria,
saying, I am thy servant and thy son: come up, and save me out
of the hand of the king of Syria, and out of the hand of the
king of Israel, which rise up against me.

12:016:008 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house
of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king's house, and
sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.

12:016:009 And the king of Assyria hearkened unto him: for the king of
Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the
people of it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin.

12:016:010 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of
Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz
sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the
pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof.

12:016:011 And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that
king Ahaz had sent from Damascus: so Urijah the priest made it
against king Ahaz came from Damascus.

12:016:012 And when the king was come from Damascus, the king saw the
altar: and the king approached to the altar, and offered
thereon.

12:016:013 And he burnt his burnt offering and his meat offering, and
poured his drink offering, and sprinkled the blood of his
peace offerings, upon the altar.

12:016:014 And he brought also the brasen altar, which was before the
LORD, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar
and the house of the LORD, and put it on the north side of the
altar.

12:016:015 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, Upon the
great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening
meat offering, and the king's burnt sacrifice, and his meat
offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the
land, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings; and
sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt offering, and all
the blood of the sacrifice: and the brasen altar shall be for
me to enquire by.

12:016:016 Thus did Urijah the priest, according to all that king Ahaz
commanded.

12:016:017 And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the bases, and removed
the laver from off them; and took down the sea from off the
brasen oxen that were under it, and put it upon the pavement
of stones.

12:016:018 And the covert for the sabbath that they had built in the
house, and the king's entry without, turned he from the house
of the LORD for the king of Assyria.

12:016:019 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, are they not
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

12:016:020 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his
fathers in the city of David: and Hezekiah his son reigned in
his stead.

12:017:001 In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son
of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years.

12:017:002 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, but
not as the kings of Israel that were before him.

12:017:003 Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea
became his servant, and gave him presents.

12:017:004 And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea: for he had
sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and brought no present to
the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore
the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison.

12:017:005 Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and
went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years.

12:017:006 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria,
and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah
and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the
Medes.

12:017:007 For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against
the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land
of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and
had feared other gods,

12:017:008 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast
out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of
Israel, which they had made.

12:017:009 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were
not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high
places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to
the fenced city.

12:017:010 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and
under every green tree:

12:017:011 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did
the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and
wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger:

12:017:012 For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye
shall not do this thing.

12:017:013 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by
all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from
your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes,
according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and
which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.

12:017:014 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks,
like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the
LORD their God.

12:017:015 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made
with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified
against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and
went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning
whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like
them.

12:017:016 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and
made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove,
and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.

12:017:017 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through
the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold
themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him
to anger.

12:017:018 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed
them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of
Judah only.

12:017:019 Also Judah kept not the commandments of the LORD their God,
but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.

12:017:020 And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted
them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he
had cast them out of his sight.

12:017:021 For he rent Israel from the house of David; and they made
Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Israel from
following the LORD, and made them sin a great sin.

12:017:022 For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam
which he did; they departed not from them;

12:017:023 Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said
by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away
out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.

12:017:024 And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from
Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim,
and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the
children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in
the cities thereof.

12:017:025 And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that
they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among
them, which slew some of them.

12:017:026 Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria, saying, The
nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of
Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land: therefore
he hath sent lions among them, and, behold, they slay them,
because they know not the manner of the God of the land.

12:017:027 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one
of the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let them go
and dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of the God
of the land.

12:017:028 Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from
Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they
should fear the LORD.

12:017:029 Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in
the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made,
every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt.

12:017:030 And the men of Babylon made Succothbenoth, and the men of Cuth
made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima,

12:017:031 And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites
burnt their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech,
the gods of Sepharvaim.

12:017:032 So they feared the LORD, and made unto themselves of the
lowest of them priests of the high places, which sacrificed
for them in the houses of the high places.

12:017:033 They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the
manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.

12:017:034 Unto this day they do after the former manners: they fear not
the LORD, neither do they after their statutes, or after their
ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the LORD
commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel;

12:017:035 With whom the LORD had made a covenant, and charged them,
saying, Ye shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to
them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them:

12:017:036 But the LORD, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with
great power and a stretched out arm, him shall ye fear, and
him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice.

12:017:037 And the statutes, and the ordinances, and the law, and the
commandment, which he wrote for you, ye shall observe to do
for evermore; and ye shall not fear other gods.

12:017:038 And the covenant that I have made with you ye shall not
forget; neither shall ye fear other gods.

12:017:039 But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you
out of the hand of all your enemies.

12:017:040 Howbeit they did not hearken, but they did after their former
manner.

12:017:041 So these nations feared the LORD, and served their graven
images, both their children, and their children's children: as
did their fathers, so do they unto this day.

12:018:001 Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah
king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah
began to reign.

12:018:002 Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and
he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's
name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah.

12:018:003 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that David his father did.

12:018:004 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down
the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses
had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn
incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

12:018:005 He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was
none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were
before him.

12:018:006 For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him,
but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.

12:018:007 And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he
went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and
served him not.

12:018:008 He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders
thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

12:018:009 And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Hezekiah, which
was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel,
that Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against Samaria, and
besieged it.

12:018:010 And at the end of three years they took it: even in the sixth
year of Hezekiah, that is in the ninth year of Hoshea king of
Israel, Samaria was taken.

12:018:011 And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria,
and put them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and
in the cities of the Medes:

12:018:012 Because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD their God, but
transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of
the LORD commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them.

12:018:013 Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib
king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of
Judah, and took them.

12:018:014 And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria to
Lachish, saying, I have offended; return from me: that which
thou puttest on me will I bear. And the king of Assyria
appointed unto Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of
silver and thirty talents of gold.

12:018:015 And Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the
house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king's house.

12:018:016 At that time did Hezekiah cut off the gold from the doors of
the temple of the LORD, and from the pillars which Hezekiah
king of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to the king of
Assyria.

12:018:017 And the king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rabsaris and Rabshakeh
from Lachish to king Hezekiah with a great host against
Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. And when
they were come up, they came and stood by the conduit of the
upper pool, which is in the highway of the fuller's field.

12:018:018 And when they had called to the king, there came out to them
Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the household, and
Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder.

12:018:019 And Rabshakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus
saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is
this wherein thou trustest?

12:018:020 Thou sayest, (but they are but vain words,) I have counsel and
strength for the war. Now on whom dost thou trust, that thou
rebellest against me?

12:018:021 Now, behold, thou trustest upon the staff of this bruised
reed, even upon Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into
his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt unto all
that trust on him.

12:018:022 But if ye say unto me, We trust in the LORD our God: is not
that he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath
taken away, and hath said to Judah and Jerusalem, Ye shall
worship before this altar in Jerusalem?

12:018:023 Now therefore, I pray thee, give pledges to my lord the king
of Assyria, and I will deliver thee two thousand horses, if
thou be able on thy part to set riders upon them.

12:018:024 How then wilt thou turn away the face of one captain of the
least of my master's servants, and put thy trust on Egypt for
chariots and for horsemen?

12:018:025 Am I now come up without the LORD against this place to
destroy it? The LORD said to me, Go up against this land, and
destroy it.

12:018:026 Then said Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna, and Joah,
unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, to thy servants in the
Syrian language; for we understand it: and talk not with us in
the Jews' language in the ears of the people that are on the
wall.

12:018:027 But Rabshakeh said unto them, Hath my master sent me to thy
master, and to thee, to speak these words? hath he not sent me
to the men which sit on the wall, that they may eat their own
dung, and drink their own piss with you?

12:018:028 Then Rabshakeh stood and cried with a loud voice in the Jews'
language, and spake, saying, Hear the word of the great king,
the king of Assyria:

12:018:029 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he
shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand:

12:018:030 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The
LORD will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be
delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.

12:018:031 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria,
Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me,
and then eat ye every man of his own vine, and every one of
his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his
cistern:

12:018:032 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a
land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land
of oil olive and of honey, that ye may live, and not die: and
hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The
LORD will deliver us.

12:018:033 Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land
out of the hand of the king of Assyria?

12:018:034 Where are the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad? where are the gods
of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they delivered Samaria out
of mine hand?

12:018:035 Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have
delivered their country out of mine hand, that the LORD should
deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand?

12:018:036 But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word:
for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

12:018:037 Then came Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the
household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph
the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told
him the words of Rabshakeh.

12:019:001 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent
his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into
the house of the LORD.

12:019:002 And he sent Eliakim, which was over the household, and Shebna
the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with
sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.

12:019:003 And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day
of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy; for the children are
come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.

12:019:004 It may be the LORD thy God will hear all the words of
Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to
reproach the living God; and will reprove the words which the
LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the
remnant that are left.

12:019:005 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.

12:019:006 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master,
Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words which thou
hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria
have blasphemed me.

12:019:007 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a
rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him
to fall by the sword in his own land.

12:019:008 So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring
against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from
Lachish.

12:019:009 And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he
is come out to fight against thee: he sent messengers again
unto Hezekiah, saying,

12:019:010 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not
thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem
shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.

12:019:011 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to
all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shalt thou be
delivered?

12:019:012 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers
have destroyed; as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the
children of Eden which were in Thelasar?

12:019:013 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the
king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?

12:019:014 And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the
messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house
of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.

12:019:015 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of
Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the
God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou
hast made heaven and earth.

12:019:016 LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes,
and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent
him to reproach the living God.

12:019:017 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the
nations and their lands,

12:019:018 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods,
but the work of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore they
have destroyed them.

12:019:019 Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us
out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know
that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.

12:019:020 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus
saith the LORD God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to
me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.

12:019:021 This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The
virgin the daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and laughed
thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head
at thee.

12:019:022 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom
hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high?
even against the Holy One of Israel.

12:019:023 By thy messengers thou hast reproached the LORD, and hast
said, With the multitude of my chariots I am come up to the
height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut
down the tall cedar trees thereof, and the choice fir trees
thereof: and I will enter into the lodgings of his borders,
and into the forest of his Carmel.

12:019:024 I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of
my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places.

12:019:025 Hast thou not heard long ago how I have done it, and of
ancient times that I have formed it? now have I brought it to
pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste fenced cities into
ruinous heaps.

12:019:026 Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were
dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field,
and as the green herb, as the grass on the house tops, and as
corn blasted before it be grown up.

12:019:027 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in,
and thy rage against me.

12:019:028 Because thy rage against me and thy tumult is come up into
mine ears, therefore I will put my hook in thy nose, and my
bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by
which thou camest.

12:019:029 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year
such things as grow of themselves, and in the second year that
which springeth of the same; and in the third year sow ye, and
reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof.

12:019:030 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall
yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.

12:019:031 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that
escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall
do this.

12:019:032 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria,
He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there,
nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it.

12:019:033 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and
shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.

12:019:034 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake,
and for my servant David's sake.

12:019:035 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD
went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred
fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the
morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

12:019:036 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and
returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.

12:019:037 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of
Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote
him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia.
And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.

12:020:001 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet
Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus
saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die,
and not live.

12:020:002 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,
saying,

12:020:003 I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before
thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that
which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

12:020:004 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle
court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

12:020:005 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus
saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy
prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on
the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.

12:020:006 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver
thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and
I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant
David's sake.

12:020:007 And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid
it on the boil, and he recovered.

12:020:008 And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the
LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of
the LORD the third day?

12:020:009 And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that
the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the
shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?

12:020:010 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to
go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward
ten degrees.

12:020:011 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the
shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the
dial of Ahaz.

12:020:012 At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of
Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had
heard that Hezekiah had been sick.

12:020:013 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the
house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and
the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of
his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was
nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah
shewed them not.

12:020:014 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto
him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee?
And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from
Babylon.

12:020:015 And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah
answered, All the things that are in mine house have they
seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not
shewed them.

12:020:016 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.

12:020:017 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and
that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day,
shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith
the LORD.

12:020:018 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt
beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the
palace of the king of Babylon.

12:020:019 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD
which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace
and truth be in my days?

12:020:020 And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and
how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the
city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of
the kings of Judah?

12:020:021 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son
reigned in his stead.

12:021:001 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and
reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's
name was Hephzibah.

12:021:002 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after
the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before
the children of Israel.

12:021:003 For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his
father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and
made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all
the host of heaven, and served them.

12:021:004 And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the
LORD said, In Jerusalem will I put my name.

12:021:005 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two
courts of the house of the LORD.

12:021:006 And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times,
and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and
wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD,
to provoke him to anger.

12:021:007 And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the
house, of which the LORD said to David, and to Solomon his
son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out
of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:

12:021:008 Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of
the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe
to do according to all that I have commanded them, and
according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them.

12:021:009 But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more
evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the
children of Israel.

12:021:010 And the LORD spake by his servants the prophets, saying,

12:021:011 Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations,
and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which
were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his
idols:

12:021:012 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Behold, I am
bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever
heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle.

12:021:013 And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the
plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as a
man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down.

12:021:014 And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and
deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall
become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies;

12:021:015 Because they have done that which was evil in my sight, and
have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came
forth out of Egypt, even unto this day.

12:021:016 Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had
filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin
wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil
in the sight of the LORD.

12:021:017 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and all that he did, and
his sin that he sinned, are they not written in the book of
the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

12:021:018 And Manasseh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the
garden of his own house, in the garden of Uzza: and Amon his
son reigned in his stead.

12:021:019 Amon was twenty and two years old when he began to reign, and
he reigned two years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was
Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah.

12:021:020 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as
his father Manasseh did.

12:021:021 And he walked in all the way that his father walked in, and
served the idols that his father served, and worshipped them:

12:021:022 And he forsook the LORD God of his fathers, and walked not in
the way of the LORD.

12:021:023 And the servants of Amon conspired against him, and slew the
king in his own house.

12:021:024 And the people of the land slew all them that had conspired
against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his
son king in his stead.

12:021:025 Now the rest of the acts of Amon which he did, are they not
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

12:021:026 And he was buried in his sepulchre in the garden of Uzza: and
Josiah his son reigned in his stead.

12:022:001 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's
name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.

12:022:002 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and
walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not
aside to the right hand or to the left.

12:022:003 And it came to pass in the eighteenth year of king Josiah,
that the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the son of
Meshullam, the scribe, to the house of the LORD, saying,

12:022:004 Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may sum the silver
which is brought into the house of the LORD, which the keepers
of the door have gathered of the people:

12:022:005 And let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the
work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD: and
let them give it to the doers of the work which is in the
house of the LORD, to repair the breaches of the house,

12:022:006 Unto carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber
and hewn stone to repair the house.

12:022:007 Howbeit there was no reckoning made with them of the money
that was delivered into their hand, because they dealt
faithfully.

12:022:008 And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I
have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And
Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.

12:022:009 And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king
word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money
that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the
hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the
house of the LORD.

12:022:010 And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the
priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before
the king.

12:022:011 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the
book of the law, that he rent his clothes.

12:022:012 And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son
of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the
scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king's, saying,

12:022:013 Go ye, enquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for
all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found:
for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us,
because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this
book, to do according unto all that which is written
concerning us.

12:022:014 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan,
and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of
Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the
wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and
they communed with her.

12:022:015 And she said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel,
Tell the man that sent you to me,

12:022:016 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this
place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of
the book which the king of Judah hath read:

12:022:017 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto
other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the
works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled
against this place, and shall not be quenched.

12:022:018 But to the king of Judah which sent you to enquire of the
LORD, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the LORD God of
Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard;

12:022:019 Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself
before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this
place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should
become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes,
and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the LORD.

12:022:020 Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and
thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes
shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place.
And they brought the king word again.

12:023:001 And the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders
of Judah and of Jerusalem.

12:023:002 And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the
men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him,
and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both
small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of
the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the
LORD.

12:023:003 And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the
LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and
his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all
their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were
written in this book. And all the people stood to the
covenant.

12:023:004 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the
priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to
bring forth out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that
were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of
heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of
Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel.

12:023:005 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of
Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the
cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them
also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the
moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.

12:023:006 And he brought out the grove from the house of the LORD,
without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the
brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the
powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people.

12:023:007 And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by
the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the
grove.

12:023:008 And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and
defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense,
from Geba to Beersheba, and brake down the high places of the
gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the
governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the
gate of the city.

12:023:009 Nevertheless the priests of the high places came not up to the
altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the
unleavened bread among their brethren.

12:023:010 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children
of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to
pass through the fire to Molech.

12:023:011 And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given
to the sun, at the entering in of the house of the LORD, by
the chamber of Nathanmelech the chamberlain, which was in the
suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire.

12:023:012 And the altars that were on the top of the upper chamber of
Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which
Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the LORD,
did the king beat down, and brake them down from thence, and
cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron.

12:023:013 And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on
the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the
king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of
the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the
Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of
Ammon, did the king defile.

12:023:014 And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves,
and filled their places with the bones of men.

12:023:015 Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place
which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had
made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and
burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder, and
burned the grove.

12:023:016 And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that
were there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of
the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted
it, according to the word of the LORD which the man of God
proclaimed, who proclaimed these words.

12:023:017 Then he said, What title is that that I see? And the men of
the city told him, It is the sepulchre of the man of God,
which came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou
hast done against the altar of Bethel.

12:023:018 And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones. So they
let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came
out of Samaria.

12:023:019 And all the houses also of the high places that were in the
cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to
provoke the Lord to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them
according to all the acts that he had done in Bethel.

12:023:020 And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there
upon the altars, and burned men's bones upon them, and
returned to Jerusalem.

12:023:021 And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the
passover unto the LORD your God, as it is written in the book
of this covenant.

12:023:022 Surely there was not holden such a passover from the days of
the judges that judged Israel, nor in all the days of the
kings of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah;

12:023:023 But in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, wherein this
passover was holden to the LORD in Jerusalem.

12:023:024 Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards,
and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that
were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah
put away, that he might perform the words of the law which
were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the
house of the LORD.

12:023:025 And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to
the LORD with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with
all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither
after him arose there any like him.

12:023:026 Notwithstanding the LORD turned not from the fierceness of his
great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah,
because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him
withal.

12:023:027 And the LORD said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight,
as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city
Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said,
My name shall be there.

12:023:028 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, are
they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
Judah?

12:023:029 In his days Pharaohnechoh king of Egypt went up against the
king of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and king Josiah went
against him; and he slew him at Megiddo, when he had seen him.

12:023:030 And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo,
and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own
sepulchre. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of
Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's
stead.

12:023:031 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to
reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. And his
mother's name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

12:023:032 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that his fathers had done.

12:023:033 And Pharaohnechoh put him in bands at Riblah in the land of
Hamath, that he might not reign in Jerusalem; and put the land
to a tribute of an hundred talents of silver, and a talent of
gold.

12:023:034 And Pharaohnechoh made Eliakim the son of Josiah king in the
room of Josiah his father, and turned his name to Jehoiakim,
and took Jehoahaz away: and he came to Egypt, and died there.

12:023:035 And Jehoiakim gave the silver and the gold to Pharaoh; but he
taxed the land to give the money according to the commandment
of Pharaoh: he exacted the silver and the gold of the people
of the land, of every one according to his taxation, to give
it unto Pharaohnechoh.

12:023:036 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to
reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his
mother's name was Zebudah, the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah.

12:023:037 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that his fathers had done.

12:024:001 In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and
Jehoiakim became his servant three years: then he turned and
rebelled against him.

12:024:002 And the LORD sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands
of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the
children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it,
according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by his
servants the prophets.

12:024:003 Surely at the commandment of the LORD came this upon Judah, to
remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh,
according to all that he did;

12:024:004 And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled
Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not
pardon.

12:024:005 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and all that he did,
are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the
kings of Judah?

12:024:006 So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers: and Jehoiachin his son
reigned in his stead.

12:024:007 And the king of Egypt came not again any more out of his land:
for the king of Babylon had taken from the river of Egypt unto
the river Euphrates all that pertained to the king of Egypt.

12:024:008 Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and
he reigned in Jerusalem three months. And his mother's name
was Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.

12:024:009 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that his father had done.

12:024:010 At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon
came up against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged.

12:024:011 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city, and
his servants did besiege it.

12:024:012 And Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of
Babylon, he, and his mother, and his servants, and his
princes, and his officers: and the king of Babylon took him in
the eighth year of his reign.

12:024:013 And he carried out thence all the treasures of the house of
the LORD, and the treasures of the king's house, and cut in
pieces all the vessels of gold which Solomon king of Israel
had made in the temple of the LORD, as the LORD had said.

12:024:014 And he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and
all the mighty men of valour, even ten thousand captives, and
all the craftsmen and smiths: none remained, save the poorest
sort of the people of the land.

12:024:015 And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon, and the king's
mother, and the king's wives, and his officers, and the mighty
of the land, those carried he into captivity from Jerusalem to
Babylon.

12:024:016 And all the men of might, even seven thousand, and craftsmen
and smiths a thousand, all that were strong and apt for war,
even them the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.

12:024:017 And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah his father's brother
king in his stead, and changed his name to Zedekiah.

12:024:018 Zedekiah was twenty and one years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's
name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

12:024:019 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

12:024:020 For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem
and Judah, until he had cast them out from his presence, that
Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

12:025:001 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the
tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host,
against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built
forts against it round about.

12:025:002 And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king
Zedekiah.

12:025:003 And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed
in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the
land.

12:025:004 And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by
night by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by
the king's garden: (now the Chaldees were against the city
round about:) and the king went the way toward the plain.

12:025:005 And the army of the Chaldees pursued after the king, and
overtook him in the plains of Jericho: and all his army were
scattered from him.

12:025:006 So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of
Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him.

12:025:007 And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put
out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass,
and carried him to Babylon.

12:025:008 And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which
is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,
came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king
of Babylon, unto Jerusalem:

12:025:009 And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and
all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man's house burnt
he with fire.

12:025:010 And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain
of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about.

12:025:011 Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the
fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the
remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captain of the
guard carry away.

12:025:012 But the captain of the guard left of the door of the poor of
the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen.

12:025:013 And the pillars of brass that were in the house of the LORD,
and the bases, and the brasen sea that was in the house of the
LORD, did the Chaldees break in pieces, and carried the brass
of them to Babylon.

12:025:014 And the pots, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the
spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they
ministered, took they away.

12:025:015 And the firepans, and the bowls, and such things as were of
gold, in gold, and of silver, in silver, the captain of the
guard took away.

12:025:016 The two pillars, one sea, and the bases which Solomon had made
for the house of the LORD; the brass of all these vessels was
without weight.

12:025:017 The height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits, and the
chapiter upon it was brass: and the height of the chapiter
three cubits; and the wreathen work, and pomegranates upon the
chapiter round about, all of brass: and like unto these had
the second pillar with wreathen work.

12:025:018 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest,
and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the
door:

12:025:019 And out of the city he took an officer that was set over the
men of war, and five men of them that were in the king's
presence, which were found in the city, and the principal
scribe of the host, which mustered the people of the land, and
threescore men of the people of the land that were found in
the city:

12:025:020 And Nebuzaradan captain of the guard took these, and brought
them to the king of Babylon to Riblah:

12:025:021 And the king of Babylon smote them, and slew them at Riblah in
the land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away out of their
land.

12:025:022 And as for the people that remained in the land of Judah, whom
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, even over them he
made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, ruler.

12:025:023 And when all the captains of the armies, they and their men,
heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah governor,
there came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of
Nethaniah, and Johanan the son of Careah, and Seraiah the son
of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of a
Maachathite, they and their men.

12:025:024 And Gedaliah sware to them, and to their men, and said unto
them, Fear not to be the servants of the Chaldees: dwell in
the land, and serve the king of Babylon; and it shall be well
with you.

12:025:025 But it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son
of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, came,
and ten men with him, and smote Gedaliah, that he died, and
the Jews and the Chaldees that were with him at Mizpah.

12:025:026 And all the people, both small and great, and the captains of
the armies, arose, and came to Egypt: for they were afraid of
the Chaldees.

12:025:027 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the
captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month,
on the seven and twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach
king of Babylon in the year that he began to reign did lift up
the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah out of prison;

12:025:028 And he spake kindly to him, and set his throne above the
throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon;

12:025:029 And changed his prison garments: and he did eat bread
continually before him all the days of his life.

12:025:030 And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the
king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.

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