1 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:
2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made
also molten images for Baalim.
3 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
4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and
on the hills, and under every green tree.
5 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.
6 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.
7 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.
8 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.
9 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.
10 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?
11 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.
12 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,
13 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 So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the
princes and all the congregation.
15 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.
16 At that time did king Ahaz send unto the kings of Assyria
to help him.
17 For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah, and carried
18 The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the low country,
and of the south of Judah, and had taken Beth-shemesh, 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.
19 For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel;
for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD.
20 And Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria came unto him, and distressed
him, but strengthened him not.
21 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.
22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more
against the LORD: this is that king Ahaz.
23 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.
24 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.
25 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.
26 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
27 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
1 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.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that David his father had done.
3 He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened
the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them.
4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered
them together into the east street,
5 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.
6 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.
7 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.
8 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.
9 For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons
and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this.
10 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.
11 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.
12 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:
13 And of the sons of Elizaphan; Shimri, and Jeiel: and of the
sons of Asaph; Zechariah, and Mattaniah:
14 And of the sons of Heman; Jehiel, and Shimei: and of the
sons of Jeduthun; Shemaiah, and Uzziel.
15 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.
16 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.
17 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
18 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.
19 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.
20 Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers
of the city, and went up to the house of the LORD.
21 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.
22 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
23 And they brought forth the he goats for the sin offering
before the king and the congregation; and they laid their hands
24 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.
25 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.
26 And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and
the priests with the trumpets.
27 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.
28 And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang,
and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the
burnt offering was finished.
29 And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all
that were present with him bowed themselves, and worshipped.
30 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.
31 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.
32 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
33 And the consecrated things were six hundred oxen and three
34 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.
35 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.
36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared
the people: for the thing was done suddenly.
1 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.
2 For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the
congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second
3 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.
4 And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation.
5 So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout
all Israel, from Beer-sheba 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
6 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.
7 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.
8 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.
9 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.
10 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.
11 Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun
humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem.
12 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.
13 And there assembled at Jerusalem much people to keep the
feast of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great
14 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.
15 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.
16 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.
17 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
18 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
19 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.
20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.
21 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.
22 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.
23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days:
and they kept other seven days with gladness.
24 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.
25 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.
26 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
27 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.