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and threw down the high Places and the Altars out of all judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly Destoyed them all. Then all the Children of Israel returned every Man to his Posseflion, into their own Cities.
2 And Hezekiah appointed the Courses of the Priests and the Levites aster 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.
3 He appointed also the King's Portion of his Substance for the Burnt-offering, 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.
4 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.
5 And as soon as the Commandment came abroad, the Children of Israel brought in abundance the First-fruits of Corn, Wine, and Oyl, and Honey, and of all the Increase of the Field, and the Tithe of all Things brought they in abundantly.
6 And concerning the Children of Israel and Judah, they also brought in the Tithe of Oxen, and Sheep, and the Tithes of holy Things, which were consecrated unto the Lord their God, and laid them by Heaps.
7 In the third Month they began to lay the Foundation of the Heaps, and finished them .in the seventh Month.
8 And when Hezekiah and the Princes saw the Heaps, they bleffed the Lord and his People Israel.
9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the Priests and the Levites concerning the Heaps.
io 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.
11 Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare Chambers in the House of the Lord; and they prepared them.
12 And brought in the Offerings, and the Tithes, and
the the dedicate Things faithfully: over which Cononiah the Levite was Ruler.
13 At the Commandment of Hezekiah the King, and Azariah the Ruler of the House of God.
19 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.
20 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and Truth before the Lord his God.
21 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.
2 Kings XVIII.
13 Now in the fourteenth Year of King Hezekiah, did Sennacherib King of Assyria come up against all the fenced Cities of Judah, and took them.
14 And Hezekiah King of Judah sent to the King of Assyria to Lachish, saying, I have offended, return from me: that which thou puttest on me, I will bear. And the King of Assyria appointed unto Hezekiah King of Judah, three hundred Talents of Silver, and thirty Talents of Gold.
15 And Hezekiah gave him all the Silver that was found in the House of the Lord, and in the Treasures of the King's House.
16 At that Time did Hezekiah cut off the Gold from the Doors of the Temple of the Lord, and from the Pillars which Hezekiah King of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to the King of Assyria.
17 And the King of Assyria sent Tartan, and Rabfaris, and Rab-shakeh from Lachish, to King Hezekiah with a great Host against Jerusalem, and they came and stood by the Conduit of the upper Pool, which is in the Highway of the Fuller's Field.
18 And when they had called to the King, there came out to them Eliakim, which was over the Houshold, and Shebna the Scrihe,, and Joah the Recorder.
19 And'Rab-shakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus faith the great King, the King of Assyria, What Confidence is this wherein thou trustest?
20 Thou sayest (but they are but yain Words) I have Counsel and Strength for the War: now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me?
21 Now behold, thou trustest upon theStaffof this bruised Reed, even upon Egypt, on which if a Man lean, it will go into his Hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh King of Egypt, unto all that trust on him.
22 But if ye say unto me, We trust in the Lord our God: is not that he whofe high Places, and whofe Altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and hath said to Judah and Je-. rusalem, Ye shall worship before this Altar in Jerusalem?
23 Now therefore, I pray thee, give Pledges to my Lord the King of Assyria, and I will deliver thee two thou^ sand Horses, if thou be able on thy part to set Riders upon them.
24 How then wilt thou turn away the Face of one Cap-; tain of the least of my Master's Servants, and put thy Trust on Egypt for Chariots and for Horsemen?
25 Am I now come up without the Lord against this Place to destroy it? the Lord said to me, Go up against this Land, and destroy it. ....
26 Then saldEliakim, and Shebna, and Joah, unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, to thy Servants in .the Syrian Language (for we understand it^ and talk not with us in the Jews Language, in the Ears of the People that arc on the Wall.
27 But Rab-shakch said unto, them, Hath my Master sent me to thy^Master, and to thee, to speak thefe Words? hath he not sent me to the Men which fit on the Wall, that they nny eat their own Dung, and drink their own Piss with you?
28 Then Rab-shakeh stood and cried with a loud Voice in the Jews Language, and spake, saying, Hear the Word of the great King, the King of Assyria.
29 Thus saith the King, Let not Hezekiah deceive you, for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his Hand.
30 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord, saying, The Lord will surely deliver us, and this City shall not be delivered into the Hand of the King of Assyria.
31 Hearken not unto Hezekiah: for thus saith the'King of Assyria, Make an Agreement with me by a Prefent, and come out to me, and then eat ye every Man of his own Vine, and every one of his Fig-tree, and drink ye every one of the Waters of his Cistern. 32 Until
32 Until I come and take you away to a Land like your own Land, a Land of Corn and Wine, a Land of Bread and Vineyards, a Land of Oyl-olive, and of Honey, that ye may live and not die: and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The Lord will deliver us.
3 j Hath any of the Gods of the Nations delivered at alt his Land out of the Hand of the King of Aslyria?
34 Where arc the Gods of Hamath, and of Arpad? where are the Gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they delivered Samaria out of mine Hand?
35 Who are they among all the Gods of the Countries that have delivered their Countrey out of mine Hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of mine Hand?
36 But the People held their peace, and answered him not a Word: for the King's Commandment was, saying, Answer him not.
37 Then came Eliakim the Son of Hilkiah, which was over the Houshold, and Shebna the Scribe, and Joah the Son of Asaph the Recorder, to Hezekiah with their Cloaths. rent, and told him the Words of Rab-shakeh.
II. KINGS, CHAP. XIX.
1 Hezekiah mourning, sendeth to Isaiah to pray for them* 6 Isaiah comforteth them. 8 Sennacherib going to encounter Tirhakah, sendeth a blasphemous Letter to Hezekiah: 14 Hii Prayer. 20 Isaiah his Prophecy of the Pride and Dejtruction os Sennacherib, and the Good of Zion. 35 A Angel slayeth the Assyrians. 36 Sennacherib is slain at Nineveh by his own Sons.
Ver. 1 \ ND * it came to pass when King Hezekiah heard l\ it, that he rent his Cloaths, and covered himself with Sackcloth, and went into the House of the Lord.
2 And he sent Eliakim; and Shebna, and the Elders of the Priests, covered with Sackcloth, to Isaiah the Prophet.
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.
* Set Isaiah ^xxvi, xxxyii,
4 It may be the Lord thy God will hear all the Words of Rab-shakeh whom the King of Assyria hath sent to reproach the living God; and will reprove the Words which the Lord thy God hath heard: Wherefore list up Thy Prayer for the Remnant that are left.
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 me.
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 sall by the Sword in his own Land.
8 So Rab-shakeh returned, and found the King of Assyria warring against Libnah.
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,
io Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah: Let not thy Goo 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 delivered?
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 Henab, and Ivah?
14 And Hezekiah received the Letter, 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.
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