1 And it came to
pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes,
and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house
of the LORD.
2 And he sent Eliakim, which was over the household, and Shebna
the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth,
to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.
3 And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a
day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy: for the children
are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.
4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear all the words of Rab-shakeh,
whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the
living God; and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God
hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that
5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master,
Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast
heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed
7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a
rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him
to fall by the sword in his own land.
8 So Rab-shakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring
against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish.
9 And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold,
he is come out to fight against thee: he sent messengers again
unto Hezekiah, saying,
10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let
not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem
shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done
to all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shalt thou be
12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers
have destroyed; as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children
of Eden which were in Thelasar?
13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the
king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?
14 And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers,
and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD,
and spread it before the LORD.
15 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God
of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the
God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou
hast made heaven and earth.
16 LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes,
and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent
him to reproach the living God.
17 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the
nations and their lands,
18 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no
gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore
they have destroyed them.
19 Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou
us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know
that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.
20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus
saith the LORD God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to
me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.
21 This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning him;
The virgin the daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and laughed
thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head
22 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom
hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high?
even against the Holy One of Israel.
23 By the messengers thou hast reproached the Lord, and hast
said, With the multitude of my chariots I am come up to the
height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut
down the tall cedar trees thereof, and the choice fir trees
thereof: and I will enter into the lodgings of his borders,
and into the forest of his Carmel.
24 I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole
of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places.
25 Hast thou not heard long ago how I have done it, and of ancient
times that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass,
that thou shouldest be to lay waste fenced cities into ruinous
26 Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were
dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field,
and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as
corn blasted before it be grown up.
27 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in,
and thy rage against me.
28 Because thy rage against me and thy tumult is come up into
mine ears, therefore I will put my hook in thy nose, and my
bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by
which thou camest.
29 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year
such things as grow of themselves, and in the second year that
which springeth of the same; and in the third year sow ye, and
reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof.
30 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall
yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.
31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that
escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall
32 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria,
He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there,
nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it.
33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and
shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.
34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake,
and for my servant David's sake.
35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD
went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred
fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the
morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned,
and dwelt at Nineveh.
37 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of
Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote
him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia.
And Esar-haddon his son reigned in his stead.
1 In those days
was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son
of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD,
Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.
2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,
3 I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before
thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which
is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle
court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus
saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy
prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on
the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.
6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver
thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and
I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant
7 And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid
it on the boil, and he recovered.
8 And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that
the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house
of the LORD the third day?
9 And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that
the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow
go forth ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?
10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow
to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward
11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought
the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in
the dial of Ahaz.
12 At that time Berodach-baladan, the son of Baladan, king of
Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had
heard that Hezekiah had been sick.
13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the
house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and
the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of
his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was
nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah
shewed them not.
14 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said
unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto
thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even
15 And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah
answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen:
there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.
16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.
17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and
that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day,
shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith
18 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt
beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the
palace of the king of Babylon.
19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD
which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace
and truth be in my days?
20 And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might,
and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into
the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles
of the kings of Judah?
21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son
reigned in his stead.
1 Manasseh was
twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and
five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hephzi-bah.
2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after
the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before
the children of Israel.
3 For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father
had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a
grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host
of heaven, and served them.
4 And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the
LORD said, In Jerusalem will I put my name.
5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two
courts of the house of the LORD.
6 And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times,
and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards:
he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke
him to anger.
7 And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in
the house, of which the LORD said to David, and to Solomon his
son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out
of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:
8 Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of
the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe
to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according
to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them.
9 But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more
evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the
children of Israel.
10 And the LORD spake by his servants the prophets, saying,
11 Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations,
and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which
were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols:
12 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Behold, I am
bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever
heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle.
13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and
the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem
as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down.
14 And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver
them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become a
prey and a spoil to all their enemies;
15 Because they have done that which was evil in my sight, and
have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came
forth out of Egypt, even unto this day.
16 Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he
had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin
wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil
in the sight of the LORD.
17 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and all that he did,
and his sin that he sinned, are they not written in the book
of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
18 And Manasseh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the
garden of his own house, in the garden of Uzza: and Amon his
son reigned in his stead.
19 Amon was twenty and two years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name
was Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah.
20 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD,
as his father Manasseh did.
21 And he walked in all the way that his father walked in, and
served the idols that his father served, and worshipped them:
22 And he forsook the LORD God of his fathers, and walked not
in the way of the LORD.
23 And the servants of Amon conspired against him, and slew
the king in his own house.
24 And the people of the land slew all them that had conspired
against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his
son king in his stead.
25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon which he did, are they not
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
26 And he was buried in his sepulchre in the garden of Uzza:
and Josiah his son reigned in his stead.
1 Josiah was eight
years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and
one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jedidah, the
daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD,
and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not
aside to the right hand or to the left.
3 And it came to pass in the eighteenth year of king Josiah,
that the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam,
the scribe, to the house of the LORD, saying,
4 Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may sum the silver
which is brought into the house of the LORD, which the keepers
of the door have gathered of the people:
5 And let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the
work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD: and
let them give it to the doers of the work which is in the house
of the LORD, to repair the breaches of the house,
6 Unto carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber
and hewn stone to repair the house.
7 Howbeit there was no reckoning made with them of the money
that was delivered into their hand, because they dealt faithfully.
8 And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe,
I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And
Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
9 And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king
word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money that
was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand
of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house
of the LORD.
10 And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the
priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before
11 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of
the book of the law, that he rent his clothes.
12 And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the
son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan
the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king's, saying,
13 Go ye, enquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and
for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found:
for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us,
because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this
book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning
14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan,
and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum
the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe;
(now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed
15 And she said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel,
Tell the man that sent you to me,
16 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this
place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words
of the book which the king of Judah hath read:
17 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto
other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the
works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against
this place, and shall not be quenched.
18 But to the king of Judah which sent you to enquire of the
LORD, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel,
As touching the words which thou hast heard;
19 Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself
before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this
place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should
become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes,
and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the LORD.
20 Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and
thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes
shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place.
And they brought the king word again.