2 Kings 18
Hezekiah his good reign.
2 Kings 18:1 In the thyrde yere of Hosea sonne of Ela kynge of Israel it came to passe, that Hezekia the sonne of Ahaz kyng of Iuda dyd raynge. 2 Kings 18:2 Twentye and fyue yere olde was he, when he beganne to raygne, and raygned .xxix. yere in Ierusalem. His mothers name also was Abi the daughter of Zacharia, 2 Kings 18:3 and he dyd þt which is ryght in the syght of the Lorde accordyng to all as dyd Dauid hys father.
He destroyeth idolatry, and prospereth.
2 Kings 18:4 He put awaye the hyllaulters, and brake the ymages and cut downe the groues, and all to brake the brasen serpent that Moses had made: For vnto those dayes the chyldren of Israel dyd burne sacrifice to it, & he called it Nehustan. 2 Kings 18:5 He trusted in the Lorde God of Israel, so that after hym was none lyke him amonge all the kynges of Iuda, nether were there anye soche before hym. 2 Kings 18:6 For he claue to the Lorde; and departed not from hym, but kepte hys commaundementes, which the Lorde commaunded Moses. 2 Kings 18:7 And the Lorde was with hym: so þt he prospered in all thynges which he toke in hande. And he rebelled agaynst the kynge of Assyria, and serued him not. 2 Kings 18:8 He smote the Philistines euen vnto Aza and þe coastes therof, both castels where they kepte watches: and stronge cyties.
Samaria is carried captive for their sins.
2 Kings 18:9 And in the fourth yeare of kynge Hezekia, (which was the seuenth yeare of Hosea sonne of Ela kynge of Israell) it fortuned, that Salmanazar kyng of Assyria came vp agaynst Samaria, & beseged it. 2 Kings 18:10 And after thre yeres they toke it euen in the syxte yere of Hezekia: that is to saye, þe nynth yere of Hosea kynge of Israel. And Samaria was wonne. 2 Kings 18:11 And the kynge of Assyria, dyd carye awaye Israel vnto Assyria, and put them in Halah and in Habor by the ryuer of Gozan, and in the cyties of the Medes: 2 Kings 18:12 because they wolde not herken vnto the voyce of the Lorde theyr God: but transgressed hys appoyntment, and all that Moses the seruaunt of the Lord commaunded, & wolde nether heare them nor do them.
Sennacherib invading Judah is pacified by a tribute.
2 Kings 18:13 Therfore in the .xiiii. yeare of kynge Hezekia dyd Sennacherib kynge of Assyria come vp agaynst all the stronge cytyes of Iuda, and toke them. 2 Kings 18:14 And Hezekia kynge of Iuda sent to the kynge of Assyria to Lachis, saying: I haue offended: departe from me, and all þt thou puttest on me, that will I beare. And the kynge of Assyria appoynted vnto Hezekia kynge of Iuda thre hundred talentes of syluer, & thirtye talentes of gold. 2 Kings 18:15 And Hezekia gaue him all the syluer that was founde in the house of the Lorde, & in the treasures of the kynges house. 2 Kings 18:16 At the same ceason dyd Hezekia rent of the dores of the temple of the Lorde & the pillers (whych the sayde Hezekia kynge of Iuda had couered ouer) & gaue them to the kynge of Assyria.
Rab-shakeh, sent by Sennacherib again, revileth Hezekiah, and by blasphemous persuasions soliciteth the people to revolt.
2 Kings 18:17 And the kynge of Assyria sent Tharthan and Rabsaris and Rabsake from Lachis to kynge Hezekia with a great Hoste agaynst Ierusalem. And they went vp, and came to Ierusalem, & gat them vp, & stode by the conduyte of the vpper pole which is in þe waye of the fullers felde. 2 Kings 18:18 And whan they had called to the kynge, there came out to them, Eliakim þe sonne of Elkia which was stuarde of housholde, and Sobna the scribe, & Ioah the sonne of Asaph, the recorder. 2 Kings 18:19 And Rabsake sayde vnto them: Tell ye Hezekia I praye you: thus sayth the great kynge, euen the kynge of Assyria: What confidence is this þt thou hast? Dost thou speake soche a lyght worde in dede? 2 Kings 18:20 By councell and power I wilbe ready to make warre. On whom then doest thou trust, that thou rebellest agaynst me? 2 Kings 18:21 dost thou truste to the staffe of this broken rede Egypte, on which yf a man leane, it wyll go into his hande, and pearce it. Euen so is Pharao kynge of Egypte vnto all that trust on him. 2 Kings 18:22 If ye saye vnto me, we trust in the Lorde oure God: Is not that he whose hilaulters and his other aulters, Hezekia hath put downe, and hath sayde to Iuda & Ierusalem, ye shall worshyppe before this aulter here in Ierusalem. 2 Kings 18:23 Nowe therfore delyuer wardes to my Lorde þe kynge of Assyria, that ye rebell not, & I wyll delyuer the two thousande horses, yf thou be able to sett ryders vpon them: 2 Kings 18:24 Why thynkest thou scorne at the presence of one of the leest Dukes of my masters seruauntes, & trustest to Egypte for charettes and horsmen? 2 Kings 18:25 Moreouer, am I come now without þe byddinge of the Lorde to this place, to destroye it? the Lorde sayde to me: go vp to this lande, and destroye it. 2 Kings 18:26 And Eliakim the sonne of Helkia & Sobna, & Ioab sayde vnto Rabsake: speake (I praye the) to thy seruauntes in the Syrians language, for we vnderstande it: & talke not wt vs in the Iewes tonge, in the eares of this people that are on þe wall. 2 Kings 18:27 And Rabsake sayde vnto them: hath my master sent me to thy master and to þe, to speake these wordes? Hath he not sent me because of the men which sytt on the wall, þt they maye eate their awne donge, & dryncke their awne pisse with you? 2 Kings 18:28 And so Rabsake stode, and cryed with a lowde voyce in the Iewes language, and spake sayinge: heare the sayinge of the great kynge of Assyria. 2 Kings 18:29 Thus sayth the kynge: let not Hezekia begile you, for he shall not be able to delyuer you out of myne hande: 2 Kings 18:30 nether let Hezekia make you to trust in the Lorde, sayinge: þe Lorde shall surely delyuer vs, and this cytie shall not be geuen ouer into þe hande of the kynge of Assyria. 2 Kings 18:31 Herken not vnto Hezekia, for thus sayth the kynge of Assyria. Deale kyndely with me, & come out to me. And then eate euery man of his awne vyne, and of his awne fygge tree, & dryncke euery man of the water of his awne well, 2 Kings 18:32 tyll I come, and fett you to as good a lande as youres is: a lande of corne and wyne, a lande of bread and vyneyardes, a lande of oyle, of olyue trees, and of hony: that ye maye lyue, and not dye. And herken not vnto Hezekia, for he begyleth you, sayinge: the Lorde shall delyuer vs. 2 Kings 18:33 Hath euery one of the Gods of the nacyons deliuered his lande, out of the hande of the kynge of Assyria? 2 Kings 18:34 where is the God of Hamath, & of Arphad? and where is the God of Sepharuaim, Hena & Iua? dyd they delyuer Samaria out of myne hande, 2 Kings 18:35 & what God is it amonge all the goddes of the nacyons, that hath delyuered his lande out of myne hande, Shall the Lorde deliuer Ierusalem out of myne hande? 2 Kings 18:36 But they þt were of the people helde their peace, and answered not him a worde: for þe kynge had commaunded, sayinge: answere him not. 2 Kings 18:37 Then Eliakim which was the stuard of housholde, and Sobnah þe scribe, and Ioah the sonne of Asaph the recorder, came to Hezekia with their clothes rent, and tolde him the wordes of Rabsake.