The Bible Online: Book 14 2 Chronicles: 14:019:001 - 14:036:023

 

14:019:001 And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in
peace to Jerusalem.

14:019:002 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and
said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and
love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee
from before the LORD.

14:019:003 Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou
hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared
thine heart to seek God.

14:019:004 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again
through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and
brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers.

14:019:005 And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities
of Judah, city by city,

14:019:006 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not
for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.

14:019:007 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed
and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor
respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.

14:019:008 Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and
of the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for
the judgment of the LORD, and for controversies, when they
returned to Jerusalem.

14:019:009 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of
the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.

14:019:010 And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that
dwell in your cities, between blood and blood, between law and
commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn them
that they trespass not against the LORD, and so wrath come
upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not
trespass.

14:019:011 And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all
matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the
ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king's matters: also
the Levites shall be officers before you. Deal courageously,
and the LORD shall be with the good.

14:020:001 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab,
and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the
Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.

14:020:002 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There
cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on
this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which
is Engedi.

14:020:003 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and
proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

14:020:004 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the
LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek
the LORD.

14:020:005 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and
Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,

14:020:006 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in
heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the
heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so
that none is able to withstand thee?

14:020:007 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of
this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed
of Abraham thy friend for ever?

14:020:008 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary
therein for thy name, saying,

14:020:009 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or
pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy
presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee
in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

14:020:010 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount
Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came
out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and
destroyed them not;

14:020:011 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of
thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.

14:020:012 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might
against this great company that cometh against us; neither
know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

14:020:013 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones,
their wives, and their children.

14:020:014 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah,
the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons
of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the
congregation;

14:020:015 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of
Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto
you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great
multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.

14:020:016 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the
cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook,
before the wilderness of Jeruel.

14:020:017 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves,
stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O
Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go
out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

14:020:018 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground:
and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the
LORD, worshipping the LORD.

14:020:019 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the
children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of
Israel with a loud voice on high.

14:020:020 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the
wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood
and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem;
Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established;
believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

14:020:021 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed
singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of
holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise
the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.

14:020:022 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set
ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount
Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

14:020:023 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the
inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them:
and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir,
every one helped to destroy another.

14:020:024 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness,
they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead
bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.

14:020:025 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the
spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches
with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped
off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they
were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.

14:020:026 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley
of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the
name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah,
unto this day.

14:020:027 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and
Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem
with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their
enemies.

14:020:028 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and
trumpets unto the house of the LORD.

14:020:029 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those
countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against
the enemies of Israel.

14:020:030 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him
rest round about.

14:020:031 And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five
years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and
five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah the
daughter of Shilhi.

14:020:032 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not
from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the LORD.

14:020:033 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the
people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their
fathers.

14:020:034 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last,
behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the son of
Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.

14:020:035 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with
Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:

14:020:036 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to
Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongaber.

14:020:037 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against
Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with
Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were
broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.

14:021:001 Now Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with
his fathers in the city of David. And Jehoram his son reigned
in his stead.

14:021:002 And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and
Jehiel, and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and
Shephatiah: all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of
Israel.

14:021:003 And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold,
and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the
kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn.

14:021:004 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he
strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the
sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel.

14:021:005 Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.

14:021:006 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did
the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife:
and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD.

14:021:007 Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because
of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he
promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.

14:021:008 In his days the Edomites revolted from under the dominion of
Judah, and made themselves a king.

14:021:009 Then Jehoram went forth with his princes, and all his chariots
with him: and he rose up by night, and smote the Edomites
which compassed him in, and the captains of the chariots.

14:021:010 So the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto
this day. The same time also did Libnah revolt from under his
hand; because he had forsaken the LORD God of his fathers.

14:021:011 Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah and
caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and
compelled Judah thereto.

14:021:012 And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet,
saying, Thus saith the LORD God of David thy father, Because
thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father,
nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah,

14:021:013 But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast
made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring,
like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast
slain thy brethren of thy father's house, which were better
than thyself:

14:021:014 Behold, with a great plague will the LORD smite thy people,
and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods:

14:021:015 And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels,
until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by
day.

14:021:016 Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the
Philistines, and of the Arabians, that were near the
Ethiopians:

14:021:017 And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried
away all the substance that was found in the king's house, and
his sons also, and his wives; so that there was never a son
left him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.

14:021:018 And after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with an
incurable disease.

14:021:019 And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of
two years, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so
he died of sore diseases. And his people made no burning for
him, like the burning of his fathers.

14:021:020 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he
reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being
desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not
in the sepulchres of the kings.

14:022:001 And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son
king in his stead: for the band of men that came with the
Arabians to the camp had slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the
son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned.

14:022:002 Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign,
and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name also
was Athaliah the daughter of Omri.

14:022:003 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his
mother was his counsellor to do wickedly.

14:022:004 Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD like the house
of Ahab: for they were his counsellors after the death of his
father to his destruction.

14:022:005 He walked also after their counsel, and went with Jehoram the
son of Ahab king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Syria
at Ramothgilead: and the Syrians smote Joram.

14:022:006 And he returned to be healed in Jezreel because of the wounds
which were given him at Ramah, when he fought with Hazael king
of Syria. And Azariah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went
down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab at Jezreel, because he was
sick.

14:022:007 And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God by coming to Joram:
for when he was come, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu
the son of Nimshi, whom the LORD had anointed to cut off the
house of Ahab.

14:022:008 And it came to pass, that, when Jehu was executing judgment
upon the house of Ahab, and found the princes of Judah, and
the sons of the brethren of Ahaziah, that ministered to
Ahaziah, he slew them.

14:022:009 And he sought Ahaziah: and they caught him, (for he was hid in
Samaria,) and brought him to Jehu: and when they had slain
him, they buried him: Because, said they, he is the son of
Jehoshaphat, who sought the LORD with all his heart. So the
house of Ahaziah had no power to keep still the kingdom.

14:022:010 But when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was
dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal of the house
of Judah.

14:022:011 But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son
of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons that were
slain, and put him and his nurse in a bedchamber. So
Jehoshabeath, the daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of
Jehoiada the priest, (for she was the sister of Ahaziah,) hid
him from Athaliah, so that she slew him not.

14:022:012 And he was with them hid in the house of God six years: and
Athaliah reigned over the land.

14:023:001 And in the seventh year Jehoiada strengthened himself, and
took the captains of hundreds, Azariah the son of Jeroham, and
Ishmael the son of Jehohanan, and Azariah the son of Obed, and
Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the son of Zichri,
into covenant with him.

14:023:002 And they went about in Judah, and gathered the Levites out of
all the cities of Judah, and the chief of the fathers of
Israel, and they came to Jerusalem.

14:023:003 And all the congregation made a covenant with the king in the
house of God. And he said unto them, Behold, the king's son
shall reign, as the LORD hath said of the sons of David.

14:023:004 This is the thing that ye shall do; A third part of you
entering on the sabbath, of the priests and of the Levites,
shall be porters of the doors;

14:023:005 And a third part shall be at the king's house; and a third
part at the gate of the foundation: and all the people shall
be in the courts of the house of the LORD.

14:023:006 But let none come into the house of the LORD, save the
priests, and they that minister of the Levites; they shall go
in, for they are holy: but all the people shall keep the watch
of the LORD.

14:023:007 And the Levites shall compass the king round about, every man
with his weapons in his hand; and whosoever else cometh into
the house, he shall be put to death: but be ye with the king
when he cometh in, and when he goeth out.

14:023:008 So the Levites and all Judah did according to all things that
Jehoiada the priest had commanded, and took every man his men
that were to come in on the sabbath, with them that were to go
out on the sabbath: for Jehoiada the priest dismissed not the
courses.

14:023:009 Moreover Jehoiada the priest delivered to the captains of
hundreds spears, and bucklers, and shields, that had been king
David's, which were in the house of God.

14:023:010 And he set all the people, every man having his weapon in his
hand, from the right side of the temple to the left side of
the temple, along by the altar and the temple, by the king
round about.

14:023:011 Then they brought out the king's son, and put upon him the
crown, and gave him the testimony, and made him king. And
Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said, God save the
king.

14:023:012 Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and
praising the king, she came to the people into the house of
the LORD:

14:023:013 And she looked, and, behold, the king stood at his pillar at
the entering in, and the princes and the trumpets by the king:
and all the people of the land rejoiced, and sounded with
trumpets, also the singers with instruments of musick, and
such as taught to sing praise. Then Athaliah rent her clothes,
and said, Treason, Treason.

14:023:014 Then Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds
that were set over the host, and said unto them, Have her
forth of the ranges: and whoso followeth her, let him be slain
with the sword. For the priest said, Slay her not in the house
of the LORD.

14:023:015 So they laid hands on her; and when she was come to the
entering of the horse gate by the king's house, they slew her
there.

14:023:016 And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all the
people, and between the king, that they should be the LORD's
people.

14:023:017 Then all the people went to the house of Baal, and brake it
down, and brake his altars and his images in pieces, and slew
Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.

14:023:018 Also Jehoiada appointed the offices of the house of the LORD
by the hand of the priests the Levites, whom David had
distributed in the house of the LORD, to offer the burnt
offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the law of Moses,
with rejoicing and with singing, as it was ordained by David.

14:023:019 And he set the porters at the gates of the house of the LORD,
that none which was unclean in any thing should enter in.

14:023:020 And he took the captains of hundreds, and the nobles, and the
governors of the people, and all the people of the land, and
brought down the king from the house of the LORD: and they
came through the high gate into the king's house, and set the
king upon the throne of the kingdom.

14:023:021 And all the people of the land rejoiced: and the city was
quiet, after that they had slain Athaliah with the sword.

14:024:001 Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was
Zibiah of Beersheba.

14:024:002 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD
all the days of Jehoiada the priest.

14:024:003 And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and
daughters.

14:024:004 And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to
repair the house of the LORD.

14:024:005 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said
to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all
Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to
year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites
hastened it not.

14:024:006 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him,
Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of
Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the
commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the
congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?

14:024:007 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the
house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house
of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim.

14:024:008 And at the king's commandment they made a chest, and set it
without at the gate of the house of the LORD.

14:024:009 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to
bring in to the LORD the collection that Moses the servant of
God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.

14:024:010 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought
in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end.

14:024:011 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought
unto the king's office by the hand of the Levites, and when
they saw that there was much money, the king's scribe and the
high priest's officer came and emptied the chest, and took it,
and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day,
and gathered money in abundance.

14:024:012 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of
the service of the house of the LORD, and hired masons and
carpenters to repair the house of the LORD, and also such as
wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the LORD.

14:024:013 So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them,
and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened
it.

14:024:014 And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the
money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels
for the house of the LORD, even vessels to minister, and to
offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And
they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD
continually all the days of Jehoiada.

14:024:015 But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an
hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.

14:024:016 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings,
because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and
toward his house.

14:024:017 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and
made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.

14:024:018 And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and
served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and
Jerusalem for this their trespass.

14:024:019 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the
LORD; and they testified against them: but they would not give
ear.

14:024:020 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada
the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them,
Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the
LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the
LORD, he hath also forsaken you.

14:024:021 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at
the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the
LORD.

14:024:022 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada
his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he
died, he said, The LORD look upon it, and require it.

14:024:023 And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of
Syria came up against him: and they came to Judah and
Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from
among the people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the king
of Damascus.

14:024:024 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men,
and the LORD delivered a very great host into their hand,
because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So
they executed judgment against Joash.

14:024:025 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in
great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for
the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on
his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of
David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.

14:024:026 And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the son
of Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a
Moabitess.

14:024:027 Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens laid
upon him, and the repairing of the house of God, behold, they
are written in the story of the book of the kings. And Amaziah
his son reigned in his stead.

14:025:001 Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his
mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.

14:025:002 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but
not with a perfect heart.

14:025:003 Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established to him,
that he slew his servants that had killed the king his father.

14:025:004 But he slew not their children, but did as it is written in
the law in the book of Moses, where the LORD commanded,
saying, The fathers shall not die for the children, neither
shall the children die for the fathers, but every man shall
die for his own sin.

14:025:005 Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them
captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according
to the houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah and
Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty years old and
above, and found them three hundred thousand choice men, able
to go forth to war, that could handle spear and shield.

14:025:006 He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of
Israel for an hundred talents of silver.

14:025:007 But there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, let not
the army of Israel go with thee; for the LORD is not with
Israel, to wit, with all the children of Ephraim.

14:025:008 But if thou wilt go, do it; be strong for the battle: God
shall make thee fall before the enemy: for God hath power to
help, and to cast down.

14:025:009 And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for
the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel?
And the man of God answered, The LORD is able to give thee
much more than this.

14:025:010 Then Amaziah separated them, to wit, the army that was come to
him out of Ephraim, to go home again: wherefore their anger
was greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned home in
great anger.

14:025:011 And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his people,
and went to the valley of salt, and smote of the children of
Seir ten thousand.

14:025:012 And other ten thousand left alive did the children of Judah
carry away captive, and brought them unto the top of the rock,
and cast them down from the top of the rock, that they all
were broken in pieces.

14:025:013 But the soldiers of the army which Amaziah sent back, that
they should not go with him to battle, fell upon the cities of
Judah, from Samaria even unto Bethhoron, and smote three
thousand of them, and took much spoil.

14:025:014 Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah was come from the
slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the
children of Seir, and set them up to be his gods, and bowed
down himself before them, and burned incense unto them.

14:025:015 Wherefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah,
and he sent unto him a prophet, which said unto him, Why hast
thou sought after the gods of the people, which could not
deliver their own people out of thine hand?

14:025:016 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said
unto him, Art thou made of the king's counsel? forbear; why
shouldest thou be smitten? Then the prophet forbare, and said,
I know that God hath determined to destroy thee, because thou
hast done this, and hast not hearkened unto my counsel.

14:025:017 Then Amaziah king of Judah took advice, and sent to Joash, the
son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying,
Come, let us see one another in the face.

14:025:018 And Joash 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.

14:025:019 Thou sayest, Lo, thou hast smitten the Edomites; and thine
heart lifteth thee up to boast: abide now at home; why
shouldest thou meddle to thine hurt, that thou shouldest fall,
even thou, and Judah with thee?

14:025:020 But Amaziah would not hear; for it came of God, that he might
deliver them into the hand of their enemies, because they
sought after the gods of Edom.

14:025:021 So Joash the king of Israel went up; and they saw one another
in the face, both he and Amaziah king of Judah, at
Bethshemesh, which belongeth to Judah.

14:025:022 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled
every man to his tent.

14:025:023 And Joash the king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the
son of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, at Bethshemesh, and brought
him to Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from
the gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits.

14:025:024 And he took all the gold and the silver, and all the vessels
that were found in the house of God with Obededom, and the
treasures of the king's house, the hostages also, and returned
to Samaria.

14:025:025 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the
death of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.

14:025:026 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first and last, behold,
are they not written in the book of the kings of Judah and
Israel?

14:025:027 Now after the time that Amaziah did turn away from following
the LORD they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem; and
he fled to Lachish: but they sent to Lachish after him, and
slew him there.

14:025:028 And they brought him upon horses, and buried him with his
fathers in the city of Judah.

14:026:001 Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen
years old, and made him king in the room of his father
Amaziah.

14:026:002 He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king
slept with his fathers.

14:026:003 Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he
reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name
also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.

14:026:004 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that his father Amaziah did.

14:026:005 And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had
understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought
the LORD, God made him to prosper.

14:026:006 And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and
brake down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the
wall of Ashdod, and built cities about Ashdod, and among the
Philistines.

14:026:007 And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the
Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.

14:026:008 And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and his name spread
abroad even to the entering in of Egypt; for he strengthened
himself exceedingly.

14:026:009 Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate,
and at the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall, and
fortified them.

14:026:010 Also he built towers in the desert, and digged many wells: for
he had much cattle, both in the low country, and in the
plains: husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the mountains,
and in Carmel: for he loved husbandry.

14:026:011 Moreover Uzziah had an host of fighting men, that went out to
war by bands, according to the number of their account by the
hand of Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the ruler, under the
hand of Hananiah, one of the king's captains.

14:026:012 The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men
of valour were two thousand and six hundred.

14:026:013 And under their hand was an army, three hundred thousand and
seven thousand and five hundred, that made war with mighty
power, to help the king against the enemy.

14:026:014 And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields,
and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings
to cast stones.

14:026:015 And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to
be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and
great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he
was marvellously helped, till he was strong.

14:026:016 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his
destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and
went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the
altar of incense.

14:026:017 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him
fourscore priests of the LORD, that were valiant men:

14:026:018 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It
appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the
LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are
consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou
hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the
LORD God.

14:026:019 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn
incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy
even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house
of the LORD, from beside the incense altar.

14:026:020 And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon
him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they
thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go
out, because the LORD had smitten him.

14:026:021 And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and
dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for he was cut off
from the house of the LORD: and Jotham his son was over the
king's house, judging the people of the land.

14:026:022 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah
the prophet, the son of Amoz, write.

14:026:023 So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his
fathers in the field of the burial which belonged to the
kings; for they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son
reigned in his stead.

14:027:001 Jotham was twenty and five years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother's name
also was Jerushah, the daughter of Zadok.

14:027:002 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he
entered not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did
yet corruptly.

14:027:003 He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the
wall of Ophel he built much.

14:027:004 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the
forests he built castles and towers.

14:027:005 He fought also with the king of the Ammonites, and prevailed
against them. And the children of Ammon gave him the same year
an hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand measures of
wheat, and ten thousand of barley. So much did the children of
Ammon pay unto him, both the second year, and the third.

14:027:006 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before
the LORD his God.

14:027:007 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars, and his
ways, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel
and Judah.

14:027:008 He was five and twenty years old when he began to reign, and
reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem.

14:027:009 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the
city of David: and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.

14:028:001 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which
was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father:

14:028:002 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made
also molten images for Baalim.

14:028:003 Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom,
and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of
the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of
Israel.

14:028:004 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and
on the hills, and under every green tree.

14:028:005 Wherefore the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the
king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great
multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. And
he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who
smote him with a great slaughter.

14:028:006 For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and
twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men;
because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.

14:028:007 And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the king's
son, and Azrikam the governor of the house, and Elkanah that
was next to the king.

14:028:008 And the children of Israel carried away captive of their
brethren two hundred thousand, women, sons, and daughters, and
took also away much spoil from them, and brought the spoil to
Samaria.

14:028:009 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded: and
he went out before the host that came to Samaria, and said
unto them, Behold, because the LORD God of your fathers was
wroth with Judah, he hath delivered them into your hand, and
ye have slain them in a rage that reacheth up unto heaven.

14:028:010 And now ye purpose to keep under the children of Judah and
Jerusalem for bondmen and bondwomen unto you: but are there
not with you, even with you, sins against the LORD your God?

14:028:011 Now hear me therefore, and deliver the captives again, which
ye have taken captive of your brethren: for the fierce wrath
of the LORD is upon you.

14:028:012 Then certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah
the son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, and
Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai,
stood up against them that came from the war,

14:028:013 And said unto them, Ye shall not bring in the captives hither:
for whereas we have offended against the LORD already, ye
intend to add more to our sins and to our trespass: for our
trespass is great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel.

14:028:014 So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the
princes and all the congregation.

14:028:015 And the men which were expressed by name rose up, and took the
captives, and with the spoil clothed all that were naked among
them, and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave them to eat
and to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble of
them upon asses, and brought them to Jericho, the city of palm
trees, to their brethren: then they returned to Samaria.

14:028:016 At that time did king Ahaz send unto the kings of Assyria to
help him.

14:028:017 For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah, and carried
away captives.

14:028:018 The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the low
country, and of the south of Judah, and had taken Bethshemesh,
and Ajalon, and Gederoth, and Shocho with the villages
thereof, and Timnah with the villages thereof, Gimzo also and
the villages thereof: and they dwelt there.

14:028:019 For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel;
for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the
LORD.

14:028:020 And Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria came unto him, and
distressed him, but strengthened him not.

14:028:021 For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of the LORD, and
out of the house of the king, and of the princes, and gave it
unto the king of Assyria: but he helped him not.

14:028:022 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more
against the LORD: this is that king Ahaz.

14:028:023 For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him:
and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them,
therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But
they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.

14:028:024 And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God,
and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up
the doors of the house of the LORD, and he made him altars in
every corner of Jerusalem.

14:028:025 And in every several city of Judah he made high places to burn
incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger the LORD God of
his fathers.

14:028:026 Now the rest of his acts and of all his ways, first and last,
behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and
Israel.

14:028:027 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the
city, even in Jerusalem: but they brought him not into the
sepulchres of the kings of Israel: and Hezekiah his son
reigned in his stead.

14:029:001 Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old,
and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his
mother's name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.

14:029:002 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that David his father had done.

14:029:003 He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened
the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them.

14:029:004 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered
them together into the east street,

14:029:005 And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now
yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your
fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.

14:029:006 For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil
in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and
have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD,
and turned their backs.

14:029:007 Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the
lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings
in the holy place unto the God of Israel.

14:029:008 Wherefore the wrath of the LORD was upon Judah and Jerusalem,
and he hath delivered them to trouble, to astonishment, and to
hissing, as ye see with your eyes.

14:029:009 For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons
and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this.

14:029:010 Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God
of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.

14:029:011 My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD hath chosen you to
stand before him, to serve him, and that ye should minister
unto him, and burn incense.

14:029:012 Then the Levites arose, Mahath the son of Amasai, and Joel the
son of Azariah, of the sons of the Kohathites: and of the sons
of Merari, Kish the son of Abdi, and Azariah the son of
Jehalelel: and of the Gershonites; Joah the son of Zimmah, and
Eden the son of Joah:

14:029:013 And of the sons of Elizaphan; Shimri, and Jeiel: and of the
sons of Asaph; Zechariah, and Mattaniah:

14:029:014 And of the sons of Heman; Jehiel, and Shimei: and of the sons
of Jeduthun; Shemaiah, and Uzziel.

14:029:015 And they gathered their brethren, and sanctified themselves,
and came, according to the commandment of the king, by the
words of the LORD, to cleanse the house of the LORD.

14:029:016 And the priests went into the inner part of the house of the
LORD, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that
they found in the temple of the LORD into the court of the
house of the LORD. And the Levites took it, to carry it out
abroad into the brook Kidron.

14:029:017 Now they began on the first day of the first month to
sanctify, and on the eighth day of the month came they to the
porch of the LORD: so they sanctified the house of the LORD in
eight days; and in the sixteenth day of the first month they
made an end.

14:029:018 Then they went in to Hezekiah the king, and said, We have
cleansed all the house of the LORD, and the altar of burnt
offering, with all the vessels thereof, and the shewbread
table, with all the vessels thereof.

14:029:019 Moreover all the vessels, which king Ahaz in his reign did
cast away in his transgression, have we prepared and
sanctified, and, behold, they are before the altar of the
LORD.

14:029:020 Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of
the city, and went up to the house of the LORD.

14:029:021 And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven
lambs, and seven he goats, for a sin offering for the kingdom,
and for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he commanded the
priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the
LORD.

14:029:022 So they killed the bullocks, and the priests received the
blood, and sprinkled it on the altar: likewise, when they had
killed the rams, they sprinkled the blood upon the altar: they
killed also the lambs, and they sprinkled the blood upon the
altar.

14:029:023 And they brought forth the he goats for the sin offering
before the king and the congregation; and they laid their
hands upon them:

14:029:024 And the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with
their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all
Israel: for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the
sin offering should be made for all Israel.

14:029:025 And he set the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals,
with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment
of David, and of Gad the king's seer, and Nathan the prophet:
for so was the commandment of the LORD by his prophets.

14:029:026 And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the
priests with the trumpets.

14:029:027 And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the
altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD
began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments
ordained by David king of Israel.

14:029:028 And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and
the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt
offering was finished.

14:029:029 And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all
that were present with him bowed themselves, and worshipped.

14:029:030 Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the
Levites to sing praise unto the LORD with the words of David,
and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness,
and they bowed their heads and worshipped.

14:029:031 Then Hezekiah answered and said, Now ye have consecrated
yourselves unto the LORD, come near and bring sacrifices and
thank offerings into the house of the LORD. And the
congregation brought in sacrifices and thank offerings; and as
many as were of a free heart burnt offerings.

14:029:032 And the number of the burnt offerings, which the congregation
brought, was threescore and ten bullocks, an hundred rams, and
two hundred lambs: all these were for a burnt offering to the
LORD.

14:029:033 And the consecrated things were six hundred oxen and three
thousand sheep.

14:029:034 But the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all
the burnt offerings: wherefore their brethren the Levites did
help them, till the work was ended, and until the other
priests had sanctified themselves: for the Levites were more
upright in heart to sanctify themselves than the priests.

14:029:035 And also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat
of the peace offerings, and the drink offerings for every
burnt offering. So the service of the house of the LORD was
set in order.

14:029:036 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had
prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.

14:030:001 And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters
also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the
house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto the
LORD God of Israel.

14:030:002 For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the
congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second
month.

14:030:003 For they could not keep it at that time, because the priests
had not sanctified themselves sufficiently, neither had the
people gathered themselves together to Jerusalem.

14:030:004 And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation.

14:030:005 So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout
all Israel, from Beersheba even to Dan, that they should come
to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel at Jerusalem:
for they had not done it of a long time in such sort as it was
written.

14:030:006 So the posts went with the letters from the king and his
princes throughout all Israel and Judah, and according to the
commandment of the king, saying, Ye children of Israel, turn
again unto the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he
will return to the remnant of you, that are escaped out of the
hand of the kings of Assyria.

14:030:007 And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which
trespassed against the LORD God of their fathers, who
therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye see.

14:030:008 Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield
yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which
he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God, that
the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.

14:030:009 For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your
children shall find compassion before them that lead them
captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the
LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away
his face from you, if ye return unto him.

14:030:010 So the posts passed from city to city through the country of
Ephraim and Manasseh even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them
to scorn, and mocked them.

14:030:011 Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun
humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem.

14:030:012 Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do
the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word of
the LORD.

14:030:013 And there assembled at Jerusalem much people to keep the feast
of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great
congregation.

14:030:014 And they arose and took away the altars that were in
Jerusalem, and all the altars for incense took they away, and
cast them into the brook Kidron.

14:030:015 Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the
second month: and the priests and the Levites were ashamed,
and sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt offerings
into the house of the LORD.

14:030:016 And they stood in their place after their manner, according to
the law of Moses the man of God: the priests sprinkled the
blood, which they received of the hand of the Levites.

14:030:017 For there were many in the congregation that were not
sanctified: therefore the Levites had the charge of the
killing of the passovers for every one that was not clean, to
sanctify them unto the LORD.

14:030:018 For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and
Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves,
yet did they eat the passover otherwise than it was written.
But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good LORD pardon
every one

14:030:019 That prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his
fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the
purification of the sanctuary.

14:030:020 And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.

14:030:021 And the children of Israel that were present at Jerusalem kept
the feast of unleavened bread seven days with great gladness:
and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day by day,
singing with loud instruments unto the LORD.

14:030:022 And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites that
taught the good knowledge of the LORD: and they did eat
throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings, and
making confession to the LORD God of their fathers.

14:030:023 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days:
and they kept other seven days with gladness.

14:030:024 For Hezekiah king of Judah did give to the congregation a
thousand bullocks and seven thousand sheep; and the princes
gave to the congregation a thousand bullocks and ten thousand
sheep: and a great number of priests sanctified themselves.

14:030:025 And all the congregation of Judah, with the priests and the
Levites, and all the congregation that came out of Israel, and
the strangers that came out of the land of Israel, and that
dwelt in Judah, rejoiced.

14:030:026 So there was great joy in Jerusalem: for since the time of
Solomon the son of David king of Israel there was not the like
in Jerusalem.

14:030:027 Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and
their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy
dwelling place, even unto heaven.

14:031:001 Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present
went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in
pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the high
places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in
Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed
them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man
to his possession, into their own cities.

14:031:002 And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the priests and the
Levites after their courses, every man according to his
service, the priests and Levites for burnt offerings and for
peace offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to
praise in the gates of the tents of the LORD.

14:031:003 He appointed also the king's portion of his substance for the
burnt offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt
offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths, and for
the new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in the
law of the LORD.

14:031:004 Moreover he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to
give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they
might be encouraged in the law of the LORD.

14:031:005 And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of
Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and
oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the
tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.

14:031:006 And concerning the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in
the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen
and sheep, and the tithe of holy things which were consecrated
unto the LORD their God, and laid them by heaps.

14:031:007 In the third month they began to lay the foundation of the
heaps, and finished them in the seventh month.

14:031:008 And when Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they
blessed the LORD, and his people Israel.

14:031:009 Then Hezekiah questioned with the priests and the Levites
concerning the heaps.

14:031:010 And Azariah the chief priest of the house of Zadok answered
him, and said, Since the people began to bring the offerings
into the house of the LORD, we have had enough to eat, and
have left plenty: for the LORD hath blessed his people; and
that which is left is this great store.

14:031:011 Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of
the LORD; and they prepared them,

14:031:012 And brought in the offerings and the tithes and the dedicated
things faithfully: over which Cononiah the Levite was ruler,
and Shimei his brother was the next.

14:031:013 And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and Asahel, and Jerimoth,
and Jozabad, and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and Mahath, and
Benaiah, were overseers under the hand of Cononiah and Shimei
his brother, at the commandment of Hezekiah the king, and
Azariah the ruler of the house of God.

14:031:014 And Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the porter toward the
east, was over the freewill offerings of God, to distribute
the oblations of the LORD, and the most holy things.

14:031:015 And next him were Eden, and Miniamin, and Jeshua, and
Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shecaniah, in the cities of the
priests, in their set office, to give to their brethren by
courses, as well to the great as to the small:

14:031:016 Beside their genealogy of males, from three years old and
upward, even unto every one that entereth into the house of
the LORD, his daily portion for their service in their charges
according to their courses;

14:031:017 Both to the genealogy of the priests by the house of their
fathers, and the Levites from twenty years old and upward, in
their charges by their courses;

14:031:018 And to the genealogy of all their little ones, their wives,
and their sons, and their daughters, through all the
congregation: for in their set office they sanctified
themselves in holiness:

14:031:019 Also of the sons of Aaron the priests, which were in the
fields of the suburbs of their cities, in every several city,
the men that were expressed by name, to give portions to all
the males among the priests, and to all that were reckoned by
genealogies among the Levites.

14:031:020 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that
which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God.

14:031:021 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of
God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God,
he did it with all his heart, and prospered.

14:032:001 After these things, and the establishment thereof, Sennacherib
king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped
against the fenced cities, and thought to win them for
himself.

14:032:002 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he
was purposed to fight against Jerusalem,

14:032:003 He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop
the waters of the fountains which were without the city: and
they did help him.

14:032:004 So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all
the fountains, and the brook that ran through the midst of the
land, saying, Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find
much water?

14:032:005 Also he strengthened himself, and built up all the wall that
was broken, and raised it up to the towers, and another wall
without, and repaired Millo in the city of David, and made
darts and shields in abundance.

14:032:006 And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them
together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and
spake comfortably to them, saying,

14:032:007 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the
king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him:
for there be more with us than with him:

14:032:008 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God
to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested
themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

14:032:009 After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants
to Jerusalem, (but he himself laid siege against Lachish, and
all his power with him,) unto Hezekiah king of Judah, and unto
all Judah that were at Jerusalem, saying,

14:032:010 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust,
that ye abide in the siege in Jerusalem?

14:032:011 Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die
by famine and by thirst, saying, The LORD our God shall
deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria?

14:032:012 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his
altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall
worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it?

14:032:013 Know ye not what I and my fathers have done unto all the
people of other lands? were the gods of the nations of those
lands any ways able to deliver their lands out of mine hand?

14:032:014 Who was there among all the gods of those nations that my
fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out
of mine hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out
of mine hand?

14:032:015 Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you
on this manner, neither yet believe him: for no god of any
nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of mine
hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: how much less shall
your God deliver you out of mine hand?

14:032:016 And his servants spake yet more against the LORD God, and
against his servant Hezekiah.

14:032:017 He wrote also letters to rail on the LORD God of Israel, and
to speak against him, saying, As the gods of the nations of
other lands have not delivered their people out of mine hand,
so shall not the God of Hezekiah deliver his people out of
mine hand.

14:032:018 Then they cried with a loud voice in the Jews' speech unto the
people of Jerusalem that were on the wall, to affright them,
and to trouble them; that they might take the city.

14:032:019 And they spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the
gods of the people of the earth, which were the work of the
hands of man.

14:032:020 And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah
the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven.

14:032:021 And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men
of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the
king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own
land. And when he was come into the house of his god, they
that came forth of his own bowels slew him there with the
sword.

14:032:022 Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem
from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the
hand of all other, and guided them on every side.

14:032:023 And many brought gifts unto the LORD to Jerusalem, and
presents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so that he was magnified
in the sight of all nations from thenceforth.

14:032:024 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto
the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign.

14:032:025 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done
unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was
wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.

14:032:026 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his
heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the
wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.

14:032:027 And Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honour: and he made
himself treasuries for silver, and for gold, and for precious
stones, and for spices, and for shields, and for all manner of
pleasant jewels;

14:032:028 Storehouses also for the increase of corn, and wine, and oil;
and stalls for all manner of beasts, and cotes for flocks.

14:032:029 Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks and
herds in abundance: for God had given him substance very much.

14:032:030 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of
Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the
city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.

14:032:031 Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of
Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was
done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know
all that was in his heart.

14:032:032 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his goodness,
behold, they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet,
the son of Amoz, and in the book of the kings of Judah and
Israel.

14:032:033 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in
the chiefest of the sepulchres of the sons of David: and all
Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honour at his
death. And Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.

14:033:001 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem:

14:033:002 But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like
unto the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD had cast
out before the children of Israel.

14:033:003 For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father
had broken down, and he reared up altars for Baalim, and made
groves, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served
them.

14:033:004 Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the
LORD had said, In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever.

14:033:005 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two
courts of the house of the LORD.

14:033:006 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the
valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used
enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar
spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of
the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

14:033:007 And he set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the
house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon
his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen
before all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:

14:033:008 Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of
the land which I have appointed for your fathers; so that they
will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according
to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the
hand of Moses.

14:033:009 So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to
err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had
destroyed before the children of Israel.

14:033:010 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they
would not hearken.

14:033:011 Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host
of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns,
and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.

14:033:012 And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God,
and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,

14:033:013 And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard
his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his
kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God.

14:033:014 Now after this he built a wall without the city of David, on
the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering in
at the fish gate, and compassed about Ophel, and raised it up
a very great height, and put captains of war in all the fenced
cities of Judah.

14:033:015 And he took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the
house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the
mount of the house of the LORD, and in Jerusalem, and cast
them out of the city.

14:033:016 And he repaired the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed thereon
peace offerings and thank offerings, and commanded Judah to
serve the LORD God of Israel.

14:033:017 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high
places, yet unto the LORD their God only.

14:033:018 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer unto his
God, and the words of the seers that spake to him in the name
of the LORD God of Israel, behold, they are written in the
book of the kings of Israel.

14:033:019 His prayer also, and how God was intreated of him, and all his
sins, and his trespass, and the places wherein he built high
places, and set up groves and graven images, before he was
humbled: behold, they are written among the sayings of the
seers.

14:033:020 So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his
own house: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.

14:033:021 Amon was two and twenty years old when he began to reign, and
reigned two years in Jerusalem.

14:033:022 But he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as
did Manasseh his father: for Amon sacrificed unto all the
carved images which Manasseh his father had made, and served
them;

14:033:023 And humbled not himself before the LORD, as Manasseh his
father had humbled himself; but Amon trespassed more and more.

14:033:024 And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his
own house.

14:033:025 But 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.

14:034:001 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.

14:034:002 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and
walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither
to the right hand, nor to the left.

14:034:003 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young,
he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the
twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the
high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the
molten images.

14:034:004 And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and
the images, that were on high above them, he cut down; and the
groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake
in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it upon the
graves of them that had sacrificed unto them.

14:034:005 And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and
cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.

14:034:006 And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and
Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their mattocks round about.

14:034:007 And when he had broken down the altars and the groves, and had
beaten the graven images into powder, and cut down all the
idols throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to
Jerusalem.

14:034:008 Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged
the land, and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah,
and Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of
Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his God.

14:034:009 And when they came to Hilkiah the high priest, they delivered
the money that was brought into the house of God, which the
Levites that kept the doors had gathered of the hand of
Manasseh and Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel, and of
all Judah and Benjamin; and they returned to Jerusalem.

14:034:010 And they put it in the hand of the workmen that had the
oversight of the house of the LORD, and they gave it to the
workmen that wrought in the house of the LORD, to repair and
amend the house:

14:034:011 Even to the artificers and builders gave they it, to buy hewn
stone, and timber for couplings, and to floor the houses which
the kings of Judah had destroyed.

14:034:012 And the men did the work faithfully: and the overseers of them
were Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of Merari;
and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to
set it forward; and other of the Levites, all that could skill
of instruments of musick.

14:034:013 Also they were over the bearers of burdens, and were overseers
of all that wrought the work in any manner of service: and of
the Levites there were scribes, and officers, and porters.

14:034:014 And when they brought out the money that was brought into the
house of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law
of the LORD given by Moses.

14:034:015 And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have
found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And
Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan.

14:034:016 And Shaphan carried the book to the king, and brought the king
word back again, saying, All that was committed to thy
servants, they do it.

14:034:017 And they have gathered together the money that was found in
the house of the LORD, and have delivered it into the hand of
the overseers, and to the hand of the workmen.

14:034:018 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the
priest hath given me a book. And Shaphan read it before the
king.

14:034:019 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the
law, that he rent his clothes.

14:034:020 And the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan,
and Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah
a servant of the king's, saying,

14:034:021 Go, enquire of the LORD for me, and for them that are left in
Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is
found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out
upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the
LORD, to do after all that is written in this book.

14:034:022 And Hilkiah, and they that the king had appointed, went to
Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath,
the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in
Jerusalem in the college:) and they spake to her to that
effect.

14:034:023 And she answered them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell
ye the man that sent you to me,

14:034:024 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this
place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the curses
that are written in the book which they have read before the
king of Judah:

14:034:025 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 poured out
upon this place, and shall not be quenched.

14:034:026 And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to enquire of the
LORD, so shall ye say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of
Israel concerning the words which thou hast heard;

14:034:027 Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself
before God, when thou heardest his words against this place,
and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself
before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I
have even heard thee also, saith the LORD.

14:034:028 Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be
gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see
all the evil that I will bring upon this place, and upon the
inhabitants of the same. So they brought the king word again.

14:034:029 Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of
Judah and Jerusalem.

14:034:030 And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the
men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the
priests, and the Levites, and all the people, great and small:
and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the
covenant that was found in the house of the LORD.

14:034:031 And the king stood in his place, 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
his heart, and with all his soul, to perform the words of the
covenant which are written in this book.

14:034:032 And he caused all that were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin
to stand to it. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according
to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.

14:034:033 And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the
countries that pertained to the children of Israel, and made
all that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve the
LORD their God. And all his days they departed not from
following the LORD, the God of their fathers.

14:035:001 Moreover Josiah kept a passover unto the LORD in Jerusalem:
and they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the
first month.

14:035:002 And he set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them
to the service of the house of the LORD,

14:035:003 And said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were
holy unto the LORD, Put the holy ark in the house which
Solomon the son of David king of Israel did build; it shall
not be a burden upon your shoulders: serve now the LORD your
God, and his people Israel,

14:035:004 And prepare yourselves by the houses of your fathers, after
your courses, according to the writing of David king of
Israel, and according to the writing of Solomon his son.

14:035:005 And stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the
families of the fathers of your brethren the people, and after
the division of the families of the Levites.

14:035:006 So kill the passover, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare
your brethren, that they may do according to the word of the
LORD by the hand of Moses.

14:035:007 And Josiah gave to the people, of the flock, lambs and kids,
all for the passover offerings, for all that were present, to
the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand bullocks:
these were of the king's substance.

14:035:008 And his princes gave willingly unto the people, to the
priests, and to the Levites: Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel,
rulers of the house of God, gave unto the priests for the
passover offerings two thousand and six hundred small cattle
and three hundred oxen.

14:035:009 Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Nethaneel, his brethren, and
Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave
unto the Levites for passover offerings five thousand small
cattle, and five hundred oxen.

14:035:010 So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their
place, and the Levites in their courses, according to the
king's commandment.

14:035:011 And they killed the passover, and the priests sprinkled the
blood from their hands, and the Levites flayed them.

14:035:012 And they removed the burnt offerings, that they might give
according to the divisions of the families of the people, to
offer unto the LORD, as it is written in the book of Moses.
And so did they with the oxen.

14:035:013 And they roasted the passover with fire according to the
ordinance: but the other holy offerings sod they in pots, and
in caldrons, and in pans, and divided them speedily among all
the people.

14:035:014 And afterward they made ready for themselves, and for the
priests: because the priests the sons of Aaron were busied in
offering of burnt offerings and the fat until night; therefore
the Levites prepared for themselves, and for the priests the
sons of Aaron.

14:035:015 And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place,
according to the commandment of David, and Asaph, and Heman,
and Jeduthun the king's seer; and the porters waited at every
gate; they might not depart from their service; for their
brethren the Levites prepared for them.

14:035:016 So all the service of the LORD was prepared the same day, to
keep the passover, and to offer burnt offerings upon the altar
of the LORD, according to the commandment of king Josiah.

14:035:017 And the children of Israel that were present kept the passover
at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days.

14:035:018 And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the
days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of
Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept, and the priests,
and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present,
and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

14:035:019 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah was this
passover kept.

14:035:020 After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho
king of Egypt came up to fight against Charchemish by
Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him.

14:035:021 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with
thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day,
but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded
me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is
with me, that he destroy thee not.

14:035:022 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but
disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened
not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to
fight in the valley of Megiddo.

14:035:023 And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his
servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.

14:035:024 His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put
him in the second chariot that he had; and they brought him to
Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried in one of the
sepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned
for Josiah.

14:035:025 And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and
the singing women spake of Josiah in their lamentations to
this day, and made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold,
they are written in the lamentations.

14:035:026 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and his goodness,
according to that which was written in the law of the LORD,

14:035:027 And his deeds, first and last, behold, they are written in the
book of the kings of Israel and Judah.

14:036:001 Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah,
and made him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem.

14:036:002 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to
reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.

14:036:003 And the king of Egypt put him down at Jerusalem, and condemned
the land in an hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.

14:036:004 And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah
and Jerusalem, and turned his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho
took Jehoahaz his brother, and carried him to Egypt.

14:036:005 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to
reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did
that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God.

14:036:006 Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and bound
him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon.

14:036:007 Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of the
LORD to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.

14:036:008 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations
which he did, and that which was found in him, behold, they
are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah: and
Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead.

14:036:009 Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did
that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.

14:036:010 And when the year was expired, king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and
brought him to Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house
of the LORD, and made Zedekiah his brother king over Judah and
Jerusalem.

14:036:011 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign,
and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.

14:036:012 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his
God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet
speaking from the mouth of the LORD.

14:036:013 And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made
him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his
heart from turning unto the LORD God of Israel.

14:036:014 Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people,
transgressed very much after all the abominations of the
heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had
hallowed in Jerusalem.

14:036:015 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his
messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had
compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:

14:036:016 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words,
and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose
against his people, till there was no remedy.

14:036:017 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who
slew their young men with the sword in the house of their
sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old
man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his
hand.

14:036:018 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and
the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of
the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon.

14:036:019 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of
Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and
destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.

14:036:020 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to
Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until
the reign of the kingdom of Persia:

14:036:021 To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until
the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay
desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.

14:036:022 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word
of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be
accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of
Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his
kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,

14:036:023 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth
hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me
to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is
there among you of all his people? The LORD his God be with
him, and let him go up.

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