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2 Kings 18 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Hezekiah Reigns over Judah

(2Ch 29:1, 2; 31:1 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:1 -

Now it happened in the third year of Hoshea, the son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah became king.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:2 - He was twenty-five years old when he became king; and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Abi, the daughter of Zechariah.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:3 - And he did what was right in the sight of Yahweh, according to all that David his father had done.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:4 - He took away the high places and shattered the sacred pillars and cut down the [fn]Asherah. And he broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the sons of Israel were burning incense to it; and it was called [fn]Nehushtan.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:5 - He trusted in Yahweh, the God of Israel; so that after him there was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor among those who were before him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:6 - So he clung to Yahweh; he did not turn away from following Him, but kept His commandments, which Yahweh had commanded Moses.

Hezekiah Prospers

Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:7 - And Yahweh was with him; wherever he went he prospered. And he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:8 - He struck the Philistines as far as Gaza and its territory, from watchtower to fortified city.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:9 -

Now in the fourth year of King Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against Samaria and besieged it.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:10 - And at the end of three years they captured it; in the sixth year of Hezekiah, which was the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was captured.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:11 - Then the king of Assyria took Israel away into exile to Assyria, and put them in Halah and on the Habor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:12 - because they did not listen to the voice of Yahweh their God, but trespassed against His covenant, even all that Moses the servant of Yahweh commanded; they would neither listen nor do it.

Sennacherib Comes Up Against Judah

Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:13 -

Now in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and seized them.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:14 - Then Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria at Lachish, saying, “I have done wrong. Turn away from me; whatever penalty you give to me I will bear.” So the king of Assyria set a penalty on Hezekiah king of Judah [fn]three hundred talents of silver and [fn]thirty talents of gold.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:15 - Thus Hezekiah gave him all the silver which was found in the house of Yahweh and in the treasuries of the king’s house.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:16 - At that time Hezekiah cut off the gold from the doors of the temple of Yahweh and from the doorposts, which Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to the king of Assyria.
(Isa 36:2–22; 2Ch 32:9–15 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:17 -

Then the king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rab-saris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to King Hezekiah with a heavy military force to Jerusalem. So they went up and came to Jerusalem. And when they went up, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which is on the highway of the [fn]fuller’s field.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:18 - Then they called to the king, and Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebnah the scribe and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, came out to them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:19 -

Then Rabshakeh said to them, “Say now to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria, “What is this trust that you have?

Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:20 - “You say (but they are [fn]only empty words), ‘I have counsel and might for the war.’ Now on whom do you trust, that you have rebelled against me?
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:21 - “Now behold, you [fn]trust in the staff of this crushed reed, even on Egypt; on which if a man leans, it will go into his [fn]hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:22 - “But if you say to me, ‘We trust in Yahweh our God,’ is it not He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and has said to Judah and to Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem’?
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:23 - “So now, [fn]come, make a bargain with my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses, if you are able on your part to give riders for them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:24 - “How then can you [fn]turn away one [fn]official of the least of my master’s servants, and trust in Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:25 - “So now, have I come up [fn]without the approval of Yahweh against this place to make it a ruin? Yahweh said to me, ‘Go up against this land and make it a ruin.’”’”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:26 -

Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebnah and Joah, said to Rabshakeh, “Speak now to your servants in Aramaic, for we [fn]understand it; and do not speak with us in [fn]Judean in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:27 - But Rabshakeh said to them, “Has my master sent me only to your master and to you to speak these words, and not to the men who sit on the wall, doomed to eat their own dung and drink their own urine with you?”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:28 -

Then Rabshakeh stood and cried with a loud voice in Judean, [fn]saying, “Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:29 - “Thus says the king, ‘Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you from [fn]his hand;
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:30 - and do not let Hezekiah make you trust in Yahweh, saying, “Yahweh will surely deliver us, and this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:31 - ‘Do not listen to Hezekiah, for thus says the king of Assyria, “[fn]Make your peace with me and come out to me, and eat each of his vine and each of his fig tree and drink each of the waters of his own cistern,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:32 - until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive oil and honey, that you may live and not die.” But do not listen to Hezekiah when he misleads you, saying, “Yahweh will deliver us.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:33 - ‘Has any one of the gods of the nations delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria?
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:34 - ‘Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and [fn]Ivvah? When have they delivered Samaria from my hand?
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:35 - ‘Who among all the gods of the lands [fn]have delivered their land from my hand, that Yahweh would deliver Jerusalem from my hand?’”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:36 -

But the people were silent and answered him not a word, for the king’s commandment was, “Do not answer him.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:37 - Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn and told him the words of Rabshakeh.
LSB Footnotes
A wooden symbol of a female deity
Lit a piece of bronze
Approx. 11.25 tons or 10.2 metric tons, a talent was approx. 75 lb. or 34 kg
Approx. 1.13 tons or 1 metric ton
Or launderer’s
Lit a word of the lips
Lit rely for yourself
Lit palm
Lit please exchange pledges
Lit turn away the face of
Or governor
Lit without Yahweh
Lit hear
Lit and spoke, saying,
Ancient versions my
Lit Make with me a blessing
In 2 Kin 17:24, Avva
Lit who have

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