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            The Second Book of the KINGS


CHAPTER 1

1:1 Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.

1:2 And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that

was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said

unto them, Go, enquire of Baalzebub the God of Ekron whether I

shall recover of this disease.

1:3 But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up

to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them,

Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to enquire

of Baalzebub the God of Ekron?

1:4 Now therefore thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not come down

from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. And

Elijah departed.

1:5 And when the messengers turned back unto him, he said unto

them, Why are ye now turned back?

1:6 And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and said

unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto

him, Thus saith the LORD, Is it not because there is not a God in

Israel, that thou sendest to enquire of Baalzebub the God of

Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come down from that bed on which

thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.

1:7 And he said unto them, What manner of man was he which came

up to meet you, and told you these words?

1:8 And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a

girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the

Tishbite.

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1:9 Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And

he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he

spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down.

1:10 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man

of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee

and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and

consumed him and his fifty.

1:11 Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty.

And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the

king said, Come down quickly.

1:12 And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let

fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And

the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his

fifty.

1:13 And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And

the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees

before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God,

I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be

precious in thy sight.

1:14 Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two

captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life

now be precious in thy sight.

1:15 And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, Go down with him:

be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him unto

the king.

1:16 And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou

hast sent messengers to enquire of Baalzebub the God of Ekron, is

it not because there is no God in Israel to enquire of his word?

therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art

gone up, but shalt surely die.

1:17 So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had

spoken. And Jehoram reigned in his stead in the second year of

Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah; because he had no

son.

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1:18 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah which he did, are they not

written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

CHAPTER 2

2:1 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into

heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.

2:2 And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD

hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD

liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went

down to Bethel.

2:3 And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to

Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take

away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know

it; hold ye your peace.

2:4 And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the

LORD hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD liveth,

and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to

Jericho.

2:5 And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha,

and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away

thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know

it; hold ye your peace.

2:6 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD

hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as

thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.

2:7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view

afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.

2:8 And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the

waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two

went over on dry ground.

2:9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said

unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away

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from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy

spirit be upon me.

2:10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see

me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it

shall not be so.

2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold,

there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them

both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

2:12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot

of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and

he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

2:13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went

back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;

2:14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the

waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he

also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and

Elisha went over.

2:15 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho

saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And

they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before

him.

2:16 And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants

fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master:

lest peradventure the Spirit of the LORD hath taken him up, and

cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley. And he said,

Ye shall not send.

2:17 And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They

sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but found

him not.

2:18 And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he

said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not?

2:19 And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the

situation of this city is pleasant, as my Lord seeth: but the water is

naught, and the ground barren.

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2:20 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they

brought it to him.

2:21 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt

in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these

waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren

land.

2:22 So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of

Elisha which he spake.

2:23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up

by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and

mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou

bald head.

2:24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the

name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the

wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

2:25 And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he

returned to Samaria.

CHAPTER 3

3:1 Now Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria

the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned

twelve years.

3:2 And he wrought evil in the sight of the LORD; but not like his

father, and like his mother: for he put away the image of Baal that

his father had made.

3:3 Nevertheless he cleaved unto the sins of Jeroboam the son of

Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.

3:4 And Mesha king of Moab was a sheepmaster, and rendered unto

the king of Israel an hundred thousand lambs, and an hundred

thousand rams, with the wool.

3:5 But it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab

rebelled against the king of Israel.

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3:6 And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and

numbered all Israel.

3:7 And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying,

The king of Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me

against Moab to battle? And he said, I will go up: I am as thou art,

my people as thy people, and my horses as thy horses.

3:8 And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, The

way through the wilderness of Edom.

3:9 So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of

Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days’ journey: and

there was no water for the host, and for the cattle that followed

them.

3:10 And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the LORD hath called these

three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab!

3:11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD,

that we may enquire of the LORD by him? And one of the king of

Israels servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of

Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.

3:12 And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the LORD is with him. So the

king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to

him.

3:13 And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, What have I to do with

thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of

thy mother. And the king of Israel said unto him, Nay: for the

LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into

the hand of Moab.

3:14 And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I

stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat

the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.

3:15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the

minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.

3:16 And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of

ditches.

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3:17 For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye

see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may

drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.

3:18 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he will

deliver the Moabites also into your hand.

3:19 And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and

shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar

every good piece of land with stones.

3:20 And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was

offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and

the country was filled with water.

3:21 And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come up to

fight against them, they gathered all that were able to put on armor,

and upward, and stood in the border.

3:22 And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon the

water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as

blood:

3:23 And they said, This is blood: the kings are surely slain, and they

have smitten one another: now therefore, Moab, to the spoil.

3:24 And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up

and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but they

went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country.

3:25 And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land

cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the

wells of water, and felled all the good trees: only in Kirharaseth left

they the stones thereof; howbeit the slingers went about it, and

smote it.

3:26 And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for

him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to

break through even unto the king of Edom: but they could not.

3:27 Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead,

and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was

great indignation against Israel: and they departed from him, and

returned to their own land.

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CHAPTER 4

4:1 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the

prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead;

and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the

creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.

4:2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what

hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any

thing in the house, save a pot of oil.

4:3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbors,

even empty vessels; borrow not a few.

4:4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and

upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou

shalt set aside that which is full.

4:5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her

sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.

4:6 And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto

her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a

vessel more. And the oil stayed.

4:7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the

oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

4:8 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a

great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was,

that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.

4:9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is

an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.

4:10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set

for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and

it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.

4:11 And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the

chamber, and lay there.

4:12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And

when he had called her, she stood before him.

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4:13 And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been

careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee?

wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the

host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people.

4:14 And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi

answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.

4:15 And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the

door.

4:16 And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou

shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my Lord, thou man of

God, do not lie unto thine handmaid.

4:17 And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that

Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.

4:18 And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to

his father to the reapers.

4:19 And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a

lad, Carry him to his mother.

4:20 And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat

on her knees till noon, and then died.

4:21 And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and

shut the door upon him, and went out.

4:22 And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee,

one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the

man of God, and come again.

4:23 And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither

new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well.

4:24 Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go

forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee.

4:25 So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And

it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said

to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite:

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4:26 Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with

thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she

answered, It is well:

4:27 And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him

by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man

of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the

LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me.

4:28 Then she said, Did I desire a son of my Lord? did I not say, Do not

deceive me?

4:29 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in

thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not;

and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon

the face of the child.

4:30 And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy

soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her.

4:31 And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face

of the child; but there was neither voice, nor hearing. Wherefore he

went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not

awaked.

4:32 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was

dead, and laid upon his bed.

4:33 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and

prayed unto the LORD.

4:34 And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon

his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his

hands: and stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the

child waxed warm.

4:35 Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up,

and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times,

and the child opened his eyes.

4:36 And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called

her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy

son.

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4:37 Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the

ground, and took up her son, and went out.

4:38 And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land;

and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said

unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the

sons of the prophets.

4:39 And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild

vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and

shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not.

4:40 So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as

they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O

thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat

thereof.

4:41 But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he

said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no

harm in the pot.

4:42 And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of

God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears

of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people, that

they may eat.

4:43 And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred

men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus

saith the LORD, They shall eat, and shall leave thereof.

4:44 So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof,

according to the word of the LORD.

CHAPTER 5

5:1 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great

man with his master, and honorable, because by him the LORD

had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in

valour, but he was a leper.

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5:2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought

away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited

on Naaman’s wife.

5:3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my Lord were with

the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his

leprosy.

5:4 And one went in, and told his Lord, saying, Thus and thus said the

maid that is of the land of Israel.

5:5 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto

the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents

of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of

raiment.

5:6 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when

this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman

my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.

5:7 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter,

that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make

alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his

leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a

quarrel against me.

5:8 And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king

of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying,

Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and

he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.

5:9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at

the door of the house of Elisha.

5:10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in

Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and

thou shalt be clean.

5:11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I

thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the

name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and

recover the leper.

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5:12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the

waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he

turned and went away in a rage.

5:13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My

father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest

thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to

thee, Wash, and be clean?

5:14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan,

according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again

like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

5:15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and

came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that

there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray

thee, take a blessing of thy servant.

5:16 But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will

receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.

5:17 And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy

servant two mules’ burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth

offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto

the LORD.

5:18 In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant, that when my master

goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth

on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I

bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon thy

servant in this thing.

5:19 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little

way.

5:20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold,

my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his

hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run

after him, and take somewhat of him.

5:21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him

running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him,

and said, Is all well?

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5:22 And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold,

even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young

men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of

silver, and two changes of garments.

5:23 And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him,

and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of

garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare

them before him.

5:24 And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and

bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they

departed.

5:25 But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto

him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went

no whither.

5:26 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the

man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to

receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and

vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and

maidservants?

5:27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto

thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as

white as snow.

CHAPTER 6

6:1 And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the

place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.

6:2 Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a

beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And

he answered, Go ye.

6:3 And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants.

And he answered, I will go.

6:4 So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut

down wood.

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6:5 But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and

he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.

6:6 And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the

place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron

did swim.

6:7 Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and

took it.

6:8 Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with

his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp.

6:9 And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware

that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come

down.

6:10 And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told

him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor

twice.

6:11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this

thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not

shew me which of us is for the king of Israel?

6:12 And one of his servants said, None, my Lord, O king: but Elisha,

the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that

thou speakest in thy bedchamber.

6:13 And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch

him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.

6:14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and

they came by night, and compassed the city about.

6:15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone

forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and

chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how

shall we do?

6:16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than

they that be with them.

6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes,

that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young

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man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and

chariots of fire round about Elisha.

6:18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD,

and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he

smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

6:19 And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is this the

city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But

he led them to Samaria.

6:20 And it came to pass, when they were come into Samaria, that

Elisha said, LORD, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.

And the LORD opened their eyes, and they saw; and, behold, they

were in the midst of Samaria.

6:21 And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, when he saw them, My

father, shall I smite them? shall I smite them?

6:22 And he answered, Thou shalt not smite them: wouldest thou smite

those whom thou hast taken captive with thy sword and with thy

bow? set bread and water before them, that they may eat and

drink, and go to their master.

6:23 And he prepared great provision for them: and when they had

eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master.

So the bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel.

6:24 And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria

gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria.

6:25 And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged

it, until an ass’s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and

the fourth part of a cab of doves dung for five pieces of silver.

6:26 And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried

a woman unto him, saying, Help, my Lord, O king.

6:27 And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help

thee? out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress?

6:28 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered,

This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to

day, and we will eat my son to morrow.

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6:29 So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the

next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her

son.

6:30 And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the woman,

that he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the wall, and the

people looked, and, behold, he had sackcloth within upon his flesh.

6:31 Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha

the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.

6:32 But Elisha sat in his house, and the elders sat with him; and the

king sent a man from before him: but ere the messenger came to

him, he said to the elders, See ye how this son of a murderer hath

sent to take away mine head? look, when the messenger cometh,

shut the door, and hold him fast at the door: is not the sound of his

masters feet behind him?

6:33 And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came

down unto him: and he said, Behold, this evil is of the LORD;

what should I wait for the LORD any longer?

CHAPTER 7

7:1 Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the

LORD, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be

sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the

gate of Samaria.

7:2 Then a Lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of

God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in

heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it

with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.

7:3 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and

they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?

7:4 If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city,

and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now

therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they

save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.

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7:5 And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the

Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the

camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there.

7:6 For the LORD had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of

chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and

they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us

the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come

upon us.

7:7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents,

and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled

for their life.

7:8 And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp,

they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence

silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again,

and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and

hid it.

7:9 Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of

good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning

light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that

we may go and tell the kings household.

7:10 So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and they told

them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold,

there was no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied, and

asses tied, and the tents as they were.

7:11 And he called the porters; and they told it to the kings house

within.

7:12 And the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants, I will

now shew you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that

we be hungry; therefore are they gone out of the camp to hide

themselves in the field, saying, When they come out of the city, we

shall catch them alive, and get into the city.

7:13 And one of his servants answered and said, Let some take, I pray

thee, five of the horses that remain, which are left in the city,

(behold, they are as all the multitude of Israel that are left in it:

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behold, I say, they are even as all the multitude of the Israelites

that are consumed:) and let us send and see.

7:14 They took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent after the

host of the Syrians, saying, Go and see.

7:15 And they went after them unto Jordan: and, lo, all the way was full

of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away in their

haste. And the messengers returned, and told the king.

7:16 And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians. So a

measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of

barley for a shekel, according to the word of the LORD.

7:17 And the king appointed the Lord on whose hand he leaned to have

the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate,

and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king

came down to him.

7:18 And it came to pass as the man of God had spoken to the king,

saying, Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine

flour for a shekel, shall be to morrow about this time in the gate of

Samaria:

7:19 And that Lord answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold, if

the LORD should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be?

And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not

eat thereof.

7:20 And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in the

gate, and he died.

CHAPTER 8

8:1 Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to

life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn

wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the LORD hath called for a

famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.

8:2 And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God:

and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the

Philistines seven years.

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8:3 And it came to pass at the seven years end, that the woman

returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went forth to

cry unto the king for her house and for her land.

8:4 And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God,

saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath

done.

8:5 And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored

a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had

restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land.

And Gehazi said, My Lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is

her son, whom Elisha restored to life.

8:6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king

appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was

hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the

land, even until now.

8:7 And Elisha came to Damascus; and Benhadad the king of Syria was

sick; and it was told him, saying, The man of God is come hither.

8:8 And the king said unto Hazael, Take a present in thine hand, and

go, meet the man of God, and enquire of the LORD by him, saying,

Shall I recover of this disease?

8:9 So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even of

every good thing of Damascus, forty camels’ burden, and came and

stood before him, and said, Thy son Benhadad king of Syria hath

sent me to thee, saying, Shall I recover of this disease?

8:10 And Elisha said unto him, Go, say unto him, Thou mayest

certainly recover: howbeit the LORD hath shewed me that he shall

surely die.

8:11 And he settled his countenance stedfastly, until he was ashamed:

and the man of God wept.

8:12 And Hazael said, Why weepeth my Lord? And he answered,

Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of

Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men

wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children, and rip

up their women with child.

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8:13 And Hazael said, But what, is thy servant a dog, that he should do

this great thing? And Elisha answered, The LORD hath shewed me

that thou shalt be king over Syria.

8:14 So he departed from Elisha, and came to his master; who said to

him, What said Elisha to thee? And he answered, He told me that

thou shouldest surely recover.

8:15 And it came to pass on the morrow, that he took a thick cloth, and

dipped it in water, and spread it on his face, so that he died: and

Hazael reigned in his stead.

8:16 And in the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel,

Jehoshaphat being then king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Je

hoshaphat king of Judah began to reign.

8:17 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign; and he

reigned eight years in Jerusalem.

8:18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as did the house of

Ahab: for the daughter of Ahab was his wife: and he did evil in the

sight of the LORD.

8:19 Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah for David his servant’s

sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, and to his

children.

8:20 In his days Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah, and made

a king over themselves.

8:21 So Joram went over to Zair, and all the chariots with him: and he

rose by night, and smote the Edomites which compassed him

about, and the captains of the chariots: and the people fled into

their tents.

8:22 Yet Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day.

Then Libnah revolted at the same time.

8:23 And the rest of the acts of Joram, and all that he did, are they not

written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

8:24 And Joram slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers

in the city of David: and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead.

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8:25 In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel did

Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah begin to reign.

8:26 Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign;

and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his mothers name was

Athaliah, the daughter of Omri king of Israel.

8:27 And he walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did evil in the

sight of the LORD, as did the house of Ahab: for he was the son in

law of the house of Ahab.

8:28 And he went with Joram the son of Ahab to the war against Hazael

king of Syria in Ramothgilead; and the Syrians wounded Joram.

8:29 And king Joram went back to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds

which the Syrians had given him at Ramah, when he fought against

Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of

Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because

he was sick.

CHAPTER 9

9:1 And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the prophets,

and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this box of oil in

thine hand, and go to Ramothgilead:

9:2 And when thou comest thither, look out there Jehu the son of

Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise up

from among his brethren, and carry him to an inner chamber;

9:3 Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, Thus

saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel. Then open

the door, and flee, and tarry not.

9:4 So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to

Ramothgilead.

9:5 And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting;

and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain. And Jehu said,

Unto which of all us? And he said, To thee, O captain.

9:6 And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his

head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I

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have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over

Israel.

9:7 And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may

avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all

the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel.

9:8 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off from

Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and

left in Israel:

9:9 And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the

son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah:

9:10 And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there

shall be none to bury her. And he opened the door, and fled.

9:11 Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his Lord: and one said

unto him, Is all well? wherefore came this mad fellow to thee? And

he said unto them, Ye know the man, and his communication.

9:12 And they said, It is false; tell us now. And he said, Thus and thus

spake he to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee

king over Israel.

9:13 Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, and put it

under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets, saying,

Jehu is king.

9:14 So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired

against Joram. (Now Joram had kept Ramothgilead, he and all

Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria.

9:15 But king Joram was returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds

which the Syrians had given him, when he fought with Hazael king

of Syria.) And Jehu said, If it be your minds, then let none go forth

nor escape out of the city to go to tell it in Jezreel.

9:16 So Jehu rode in a chariot, and went to Jezreel; for Joram lay there.

And Ahaziah king of Judah was come down to see Joram.

9:17 And there stood a watchman on the tower in Jezreel, and he spied

the company of Jehu as he came, and said, I see a company. And

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Joram said, Take an horseman, and send to meet them, and let him

say, Is it peace?

9:18 So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said, Thus saith

the king, Is it peace? And Jehu said, What hast thou to do with

peace? turn thee behind me. And the watchman told, saying, The

messenger came to them, but he cometh not again.

9:19 Then he sent out a second on horseback, which came to them, and

said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu answered, What

hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind me.

9:20 And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and

cometh not again: and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son

of Nimshi; for he driveth furiously.

9:21 And Joram said, Make ready. And his chariot was made ready.

And Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each

in his chariot, and they went out against Jehu, and met him in the

portion of Naboth the Jezreelite.

9:22 And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it

peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the

whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so

many?

9:23 And Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah, There

is treachery, O Ahaziah.

9:24 And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram

between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk

down in his chariot.

9:25 Then said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Take up, and cast him in the

portion of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite: for remember how

that, when I and thou rode together after Ahab his father, the

LORD laid this burden upon him;

9:26 Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of

his sons, saith the LORD; and I will requite thee in this plat, saith

the LORD. Now therefore take and cast him into the plat of

ground, according to the word of the LORD.

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9:27 But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the way

of the garden house. And Jehu followed after him, and said, Smite

him also in the chariot. And they did so at the going up to Gur,

which is by Ibleam. And he fled to Megiddo, and died there.

9:28 And his servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and buried

him in his sepulchre with his fathers in the city of David.

9:29 And in the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab began Ahaziah

to reign over Judah.

9:30 And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she

painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.

9:31 And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who

slew his master?

9:32 And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my

side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs.

9:33 And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some

of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he

trode her under foot.

9:34 And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see

now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a kings daughter.

9:35 And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the

skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands.

9:36 Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the

word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the

Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of

Jezebel:

9:37 And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the

field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is

Jezebel.

CHAPTER 10

10:1 And Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters,

and sent to Samaria, unto the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders, and to

them that brought up Ahabs children, saying,

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10:2 Now as soon as this letter cometh to you, seeing your master’s

sons are with you, and there are with you chariots and horses, a

fenced city also, and armor;

10:3 Look even out the best and meetest of your master’s sons, and set

him on his fathers throne, and fight for your master’s house.

10:4 But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, Behold, two kings

stood not before him: how then shall we stand?

10:5 And he that was over the house, and he that was over the city, the

elders also, and the bringers up of the children, sent to Jehu,

saying, We are thy servants, and will do all that thou shalt bid us;

we will not make any king: do thou that which is good in thine

eyes.

10:6 Then he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying, If ye be

mine, and if ye will hearken unto my voice, take ye the heads of

the men your masters sons, and come to me to Jezreel by to

morrow this time. Now the kings sons, being seventy persons,

were with the great men of the city, which brought them up.

10:7 And it came to pass, when the letter came to them, that they took

the kings sons, and slew seventy persons, and put their heads in

baskets, and sent him them to Jezreel.

10:8 And there came a messenger, and told him, saying, They have

brought the heads of the kings sons. And he said, Lay ye them in

two heaps at the entering in of the gate until the morning.

10:9 And it came to pass in the morning, that he went out, and stood,

and said to all the people, Ye be righteous: behold, I conspired

against my master, and slew him: but who slew all these?

10:10 Know now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the word

of the LORD, which the LORD spake concerning the house of

Ahab: for the LORD hath done that which he spake by his servant

Elijah.

10:11 So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and

all his great men, and his kinsfolks, and his priests, until he left him

none remaining.

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10:12 And he arose and departed, and came to Samaria. And as he was at

the shearing house in the way,

10:13 Jehu met with the brethren of Ahaziah king of Judah, and said,

Who are ye? And they answered, We are the brethren of Ahaziah;

and we go down to salute the children of the king and the children

of the queen.

10:14 And he said, Take them alive. And they took them alive, and slew

them at the pit of the shearing house, even two and forty men;

neither left he any of them.

10:15 And when he was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son

of Rechab coming to meet him: and he saluted him, and said to him,

Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart? And Jehonadab

answered, It is. If it be, give me thine hand. And he gave him his

hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot.

10:16 And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD. So

they made him ride in his chariot.

10:17 And when he came to Samaria, he slew all that remained unto Ahab

in Samaria, till he had destroyed him, according to the saying of the

LORD, which he spake to Elijah.

10:18 And Jehu gathered all the people together, and said unto them,

Ahab served Baal a little; but Jehu shall serve him much.

10:19 Now therefore call unto me all the prophets of Baal, all his

servants, and all his priests; let none be wanting: for I have a great

sacrifice to do to Baal; whosoever shall be wanting, he shall not

live. But Jehu did it in subtilty, to the intent that he might destroy

the worshippers of Baal.

10:20 And Jehu said, Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal. And they

proclaimed it.

10:21 And Jehu sent through all Israel: and all the worshippers of Baal

came, so that there was not a man left that came not. And they

came into the house of Baal; and the house of Baal was full from

one end to another.

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10:22 And he said unto him that was over the vestry, Bring forth

vestments for all the worshippers of Baal. And he brought them

forth vestments.

10:23 And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab, into the house

of Baal, and said unto the worshippers of Baal, Search, and look

that there be here with you none of the servants of the LORD, but

the worshippers of Baal only.

10:24 And when they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings, Jehu

appointed fourscore men without, and said, If any of the men

whom I have brought into your hands escape, he that letteth him

go, his life shall be for the life of him.

10:25 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of offering the

burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the captains, Go

in, and slay them; let none come forth. And they smote them with

the edge of the sword; and the guard and the captains cast them

out, and went to the city of the house of Baal.

10:26 And they brought forth the images out of the house of Baal, and

burned them.

10:27 And they brake down the image of Baal, and brake down the house

of Baal, and made it a draught house unto this day.

10:28 Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.

10:29 Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made

Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the golden

calves that were in Bethel, and that were in Dan.

10:30 And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in

executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the

house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children

of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.

10:31 But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of

Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of

Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.

10:32 In those days the LORD began to cut Israel short: and Hazael

smote them in all the coasts of Israel;

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10:33 From Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, and the

Reubenites, and the Manassites, from Aroer, which is by the river

Arnon, even Gilead and Bashan.

10:34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, and all that he did, and all his

might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the

kings of Israel?

10:35 And Jehu slept with his fathers: and they buried him in Samaria.

And Jehoahaz his son reigned in his stead.

10:36 And the time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty

and eight years.

CHAPTER 11

11:1 And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was

dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.

11:2 But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took

Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the kings

sons which were slain; and they hid him, even him and his nurse, in

the bedchamber from Athaliah, so that he was not slain.

11:3 And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years. And

Athaliah did reign over the land.

11:4 And the seventh year Jehoiada sent and fetched the rulers over

hundreds, with the captains and the guard, and brought them to

him into the house of the LORD, and made a covenant with them,

and took an oath of them in the house of the LORD, and shewed

them the kings son.

11:5 And he commanded them, saying, This is the thing that ye shall do;

A third part of you that enter in on the sabbath shall even be

keepers of the watch of the kings house;

11:6 And a third part shall be at the gate of Sur; and a third part at the

gate behind the guard: so shall ye keep the watch of the house, that

it be not broken down.

11:7 And two parts of all you that go forth on the sabbath, even they

shall keep the watch of the house of the LORD about the king.

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11:8 And ye shall compass the king round about, every man with his

weapons in his hand: and he that cometh within the ranges, let him

be slain: and be ye with the king as he goeth out and as he cometh

in.

11:9 And the captains over the hundreds did according to all things that

Jehoiada the priest commanded: and they took every man his men

that were to come in on the sabbath, with them that should go out

on the sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest.

11:10 And to the captains over hundreds did the priest give king David’s

spears and shields, that were in the temple of the LORD.

11:11 And the guard stood, every man with his weapons in his hand,

round about the king, from the right corner of the temple to the left

corner of the temple, along by the altar and the temple.

11:12 And he brought forth the king’s son, and put the crown upon him,

and gave him the testimony; and they made him king, and anointed

him; and they clapped their hands, and said, God save the king.

11:13 And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people,

she came to the people into the temple of the LORD.

11:14 And when she looked, behold, the king stood by a pillar, as the

manner was, and the princes and the trumpeters by the king, and

all the people of the land rejoiced, and blew with trumpets: and

Athaliah rent her clothes, and cried, Treason, Treason.

11:15 But Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of the hundreds,

the officers of the host, and said unto them, Have her forth without

the ranges: and him that followeth her kill with the sword. For the

priest had said, Let her not be slain in the house of the LORD.

11:16 And they laid hands on her; and she went by the way by the which

the horses came into the kings house: and there was she slain.

11:17 And Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD and the king

and the people, that they should be the LORD’s people; between

the king also and the people.

11:18 And all the people of the land went into the house of Baal, and

brake it down; his altars and his images brake they in pieces

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thoroughly, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.

And the priest appointed officers over the house of the LORD.

11:19 And he took the rulers over hundreds, and the captains, and the

guard, and all the people of the land; and they brought down the

king from the house of the LORD, and came by the way of the gate

of the guard to the kings house. And he sat on the throne of the

kings.

11:20 And all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was in quiet:

and they slew Athaliah with the sword beside the king’s house.

11:21 Seven years old was Jehoash when he began to reign.

CHAPTER 12

12:1 In the seventh year of Jehu Jehoash began to reign; and forty years

reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Zibiah of

Beersheba.

12:2 And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all

his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him.

12:3 But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed

and burnt incense in the high places.

12:4 And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the dedicated

things that is brought into the house of the LORD, even the money

of every one that passeth the account, the money that every man is

set at, and all the money that cometh into any mans heart to bring

into the house of the LORD,

12:5 Let the priests take it to them, every man of his acquaintance: and

let them repair the breaches of the house, wheresoever any breach

shall be found.

12:6 But it was so, that in the three and twentieth year of king Jehoash

the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house.

12:7 Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the other

priests, and said unto them, Why repair ye not the breaches of the

house? now therefore receive no more money of your acquaintance,

but deliver it for the breaches of the house.

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12:8 And the priests consented to receive no more money of the people,

neither to repair the breaches of the house.

12:9 But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid of

it, and set it beside the altar, on the right side as one cometh into

the house of the LORD: and the priests that kept the door put

therein all the money that was brought into the house of the

LORD.

12:10 And it was so, when they saw that there was much money in the

chest, that the king’s scribe and the high priest came up, and they

put up in bags, and told the money that was found in the house of

the LORD.

12:11 And they gave the money, being told, into the hands of them that

did the work, that had the oversight of the house of the LORD: and

they laid it out to the carpenters and builders, that wrought upon

the house of the LORD,

12:12 And to masons, and hewers of stone, and to buy timber and hewed

stone to repair the breaches of the house of the LORD, and for all

that was laid out for the house to repair it.

12:13 Howbeit there were not made for the house of the LORD bowls of

silver, snuffers, basons, trumpets, any vessels of gold, or vessels of

silver, of the money that was brought into the house of the LORD:

12:14 But they gave that to the workmen, and repaired therewith the

house of the LORD.

12:15 Moreover they reckoned not with the men, into whose hand they

delivered the money to be bestowed on workmen: for they dealt

faithfully.

12:16 The trespass money and sin money was not brought into the house

of the LORD: it was the priests.

12:17 Then Hazael king of Syria went up, and fought against Gath, and

took it: and Hazael set his face to go up to Jerusalem.

12:18 And Jehoash king of Judah took all the hallowed things that

Jehoshaphat, and Jehoram, and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of

Judah, had dedicated, and his own hallowed things, and all the gold

that was found in the treasures of the house of the LORD, and in

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the kings house, and sent it to Hazael king of Syria: and he went

away from Jerusalem.

12:19 And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, are they not

written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

12:20 And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and slew Joash in

the house of Millo, which goeth down to Silla.

12:21 For Jozachar the son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad the son of

Shomer, his servants, smote him, and he died; and they buried him

with his fathers in the city of David: and Amaziah his son reigned

in his stead.

CHAPTER 13

13:1 In the three and twentieth year of Joash the son of Ahaziah king of

Judah Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in

Samaria, and reigned seventeen years.

13:2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, and

followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel

to sin; he departed not therefrom.

13:3 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he

delivered them into the hand of Hazael king of Syria, and into the

hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael, all their days.

13:4 And Jehoahaz besought the LORD, and the LORD hearkened unto

him: for he saw the oppression of Israel, because the king of Syria

oppressed them.

13:5 (And the LORD gave Israel a savior, so that they went out from

under the hand of the Syrians: and the children of Israel dwelt in

their tents, as beforetime.

13:6 Nevertheless they departed not from the sins of the house of

Jeroboam, who made Israel sin, but walked therein: and there

remained the grove also in Samaria.)

13:7 Neither did he leave of the people to Jehoahaz but fifty horsemen,

and ten chariots, and ten thousand footmen; for the king of Syria

had destroyed them, and had made them like the dust by threshing.

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13:8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoahaz, and all that he did, and his

might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the

kings of Israel?

13:9 And Jehoahaz slept with his fathers; and they buried him in

Samaria: and Joash his son reigned in his stead.

13:10 In the thirty and seventh year of Joash king of Judah began

Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz to reign over Israel in Samaria, and

reigned sixteen years.

13:11 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD; he

departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who

made Israel sin: but he walked therein.

13:12 And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, and his might

wherewith he fought against Amaziah king of Judah, are they not

written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

13:13 And Joash slept with his fathers; and Jeroboam sat upon his

throne: and Joash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel.

13:14 Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And

Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his

face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the

horsemen thereof.

13:15 And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto

him bow and arrows.

13:16 And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow.

And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the

kings hands.

13:17 And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then

Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the

LORD’s deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for

thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed

them.

13:18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto

the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and

stayed.

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13:19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou

shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten

Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite

Syria but thrice.

13:20 And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the

Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year.

13:21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold,

they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre

of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones

of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.

13:22 But Hazael king of Syria oppressed Israel all the days of Jehoahaz.

13:23 And the LORD was gracious unto them, and had compassion on

them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither

cast he them from his presence as yet.

13:24 So Hazael king of Syria died; and Benhadad his son reigned in his

stead.

13:25 And Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz took again out of the hand of

Benhadad the son of Hazael the cities, which he had taken out of

the hand of Jehoahaz his father by war. Three times did Joash beat

him, and recovered the cities of Israel.

CHAPTER 14

14:1 In the second year of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel reigned

Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah.

14:2 He was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and

reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mothers

name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.

14:3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, yet not

like David his father: he did according to all things as Joash his

father did.

14:4 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: as yet the people

did sacrifice and burnt incense on the high places.

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14:5 And it came to pass, as soon as the kingdom was confirmed in his

hand, that he slew his servants which had slain the king his father.

14:6 But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that

which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the

LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death

for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but

every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

14:7 He slew of Edom in the valley of salt ten thousand, and took Selah

by war, and called the name of it Joktheel unto this day.

14:8 Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz

son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us look one another in

the face.

14:9 And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah,

saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was

in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and there

passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trode down the

thistle.

14:10 Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thine heart hath lifted thee

up: glory of this, and tarry at home: for why shouldest thou

meddle to thy hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah

with thee?

14:11 But Amaziah would not hear. Therefore Jehoash king of Israel

went up; and he and Amaziah king of Judah looked one another in

the face at Bethshemesh, which belongeth to Judah.

14:12 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel; and they fled every

man to their tents.

14:13 And Jehoash king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son of

Jehoash the son of Ahaziah, at Bethshemesh, and came to

Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of

Ephraim unto the corner gate, four hundred cubits.

14:14 And he took all the gold and silver, and all the vessels that were

found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the kings

house, and hostages, and returned to Samaria.

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14:15 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoash which he did, and his might,

and how he fought with Amaziah king of Judah, are they not

written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

14:16 And Jehoash slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria with

the kings of Israel; and Jeroboam his son reigned in his stead.

14:17 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death

of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.

14:18 And the rest of the acts of Amaziah, are they not written in the

book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

14:19 Now they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem: and he fled

to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew him there.

14:20 And they brought him on horses: and he was buried at Jerusalem

with his fathers in the city of David.

14:21 And all the people of Judah took Azariah, which was sixteen years

old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah.

14:22 He built Elath, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept

with his fathers.

14:23 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah

Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel began to reign in Samaria,

and reigned forty and one years.

14:24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he

departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who

made Israel to sin.

14:25 He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath unto

the sea of the plain, according to the word of the LORD God of

Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant Jonah, the son of

Amittai, the prophet, which was of Gathhepher.

14:26 For the LORD saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter:

for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for

Israel.

14:27 And the LORD said not that he would blot out the name of Israel

from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the

son of Joash.

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14:28 Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, and all that he did, and his

might, how he warred, and how he recovered Damascus, and

Hamath, which belonged to Judah, for Israel, are they not written

in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

14:29 And Jeroboam slept with his fathers, even with the kings of Israel;

and Zachariah his son reigned in his stead.

CHAPTER 15

15:1 In the twenty and seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel began

Azariah son of Amaziah king of Judah to reign.

15:2 Sixteen years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned

two and fifty years in Jerusalem. And his mothers name was

Jecholiah of Jerusalem.

15:3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD,

according to all that his father Amaziah had done;

15:4 Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed

and burnt incense still on the high places.

15:5 And the LORD smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day

of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the kings

son was over the house, judging the people of the land.

15:6 And the rest of the acts of Azariah, and all that he did, are they not

written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

15:7 So Azariah slept with his fathers; and they buried him with his

fathers in the city of David: and Jotham his son reigned in his

stead.

15:8 In the thirty and eighth year of Azariah king of Judah did

Zachariah the son of Jeroboam reign over Israel in Samaria six

months.

15:9 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as his

fathers had done: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the

son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

15:10 And Shallum the son of Jabesh conspired against him, and smote

him before the people, and slew him, and reigned in his stead.

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15:11 And the rest of the acts of Zachariah, behold, they are written in

the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

15:12 This was the word of the LORD which he spake unto Jehu,

saying, Thy sons shall sit on the throne of Israel unto the fourth

generation. And so it came to pass.

15:13 Shallum the son of Jabesh began to reign in the nine and thirtieth

year of Uzziah king of Judah; and he reigned a full month in

Samaria.

15:14 For Menahem the son of Gadi went up from Tirzah, and came to

Samaria, and smote Shallum the son of Jabesh in Samaria, and slew

him, and reigned in his stead.

15:15 And the rest of the acts of Shallum, and his conspiracy which he

made, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the

kings of Israel.

15:16 Then Menahem smote Tiphsah, and all that were therein, and the

coasts thereof from Tirzah: because they opened not to him,

therefore he smote it; and all the women therein that were with

child he ripped up.

15:17 In the nine and thirtieth year of Azariah king of Judah began

Menahem the son of Gadi to reign over Israel, and reigned ten

years in Samaria.

15:18 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he

departed not all his days from the sins of Jeroboam the son of

Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

15:19 And Pul the king of Assyria came against the land: and Menahem

gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that his hand might be with

him to confirm the kingdom in his hand.

15:20 And Menahem exacted the money of Israel, even of all the mighty

men of wealth, of each man fifty shekels of silver, to give to the

king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned back, and stayed not

there in the land.

15:21 And the rest of the acts of Menahem, and all that he did, are they

not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

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15:22 And Menahem slept with his fathers; and Pekahiah his son reigned

in his stead.

15:23 In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekahiah the son of

Menahem began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned two

years.

15:24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he

departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who

made Israel to sin.

15:25 But Pekah the son of Remaliah, a captain of his, conspired against

him, and smote him in Samaria, in the palace of the king’s house,

with Argob and Arieh, and with him fifty men of the Gileadites:

and he killed him, and reigned in his room.

15:26 And the rest of the acts of Pekahiah, and all that he did, behold,

they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

15:27 In the two and fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekah the son

of Remaliah began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned

twenty years.

15:28 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he

departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who

made Israel to sin.

15:29 In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglathpileser king of

Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abelbethmaachah, and Janoah, and

Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of

Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria.

15:30 And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the

son of Remaliah, and smote him, and slew him, and reigned in his

stead, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah.

15:31 And the rest of the acts of Pekah, and all that he did, behold, they

are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

15:32 In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah king of Israel

began Jotham the son of Uzziah king of Judah to reign.

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15:33 Five and twenty years old was he when he began to reign, and he

reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And his mothers name was

Jerusha, the daughter of Zadok.

15:34 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD: he did

according to all that his father Uzziah had done.

15:35 Howbeit the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed

and burned incense still in the high places. He built the higher gate

of the house of the LORD.

15:36 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all that he did, are they not

written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

15:37 In those days the LORD began to send against Judah Rezin the

king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah.

15:38 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers

in the city of David his father: and Ahaz his son reigned in his

stead.

CHAPTER 16

16:1 In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the son

of Jotham king of Judah began to reign.

16:2 Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned

sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the

sight of the LORD his God, like David his father.

16:3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his

son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the

heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of

Israel.

16:4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the

hills, and under every green tree.

16:5 Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel

came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could

not overcome him.

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16:6 At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and

drave the Jews from Elath: and the Syrians came to Elath, and

dwelt there unto this day.

16:7 So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, saying,

I am thy servant and thy son: come up, and save me out of the

hand of the king of Syria, and out of the hand of the king of Israel,

which rise up against me.

16:8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of

the LORD, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and sent it for

a present to the king of Assyria.

16:9 And the king of Assyria hearkened unto him: for the king of

Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the

people of it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin.

16:10 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of

Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz

sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pattern of

it, according to all the workmanship thereof.

16:11 And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that king Ahaz

had sent from Damascus: so Urijah the priest made it against king

Ahaz came from Damascus.

16:12 And when the king was come from Damascus, the king saw the

altar: and the king approached to the altar, and offered thereon.

16:13 And he burnt his burnt offering and his meat offering, and poured

his drink offering, and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings,

upon the altar.

16:14 And he brought also the brasen altar, which was before the LORD,

from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the

house of the LORD, and put it on the north side of the altar.

16:15 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, Upon the

great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening meat

offering, and the king’s burnt sacrifice, and his meat offering, with

the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their meat

offering, and their drink offerings; and sprinkle upon it all the blood

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of the burnt offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the

brasen altar shall be for me to enquire by.

16:16 Thus did Urijah the priest, according to all that king Ahaz

commanded.

16:17 And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the bases, and removed the

laver from off them; and took down the sea from off the brasen

oxen that were under it, and put it upon the pavement of stones.

16:18 And the covert for the sabbath that they had built in the house, and

the king’s entry without, turned he from the house of the LORD

for the king of Assyria.

16:19 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, are they not

written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

16:20 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in

the city of David: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.

CHAPTER 17

17:1 In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son of

Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years.

17:2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, but not

as the kings of Israel that were before him.

17:3 Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea

became his servant, and gave him presents.

17:4 And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea: for he had

sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and brought no present to the

king of Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore the king of

Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison.

17:5 Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and

went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years.

17:6 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and

carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in

Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

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17:7 For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the

LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of

Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had

feared other gods,

17:8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast

out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel,

which they had made.

17:9 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not

right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places

in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced

city.

17:10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and

under every green tree:

17:11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the

heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought

wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger:

17:12 For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye

shall not do this thing.

17:13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the

prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil

ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to

all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to

you by my servants the prophets.

17:14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks,

like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD

their God.

17:15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with

their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them;

and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the

heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD

had charged them, that they should not do like them.

17:16 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and

made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and

worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.

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17:17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the

fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to

do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

17:18 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed

them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah

only.

17:19 Also Judah kept not the commandments of the LORD their God,

but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.

17:20 And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them,

and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them

out of his sight.

17:21 For he rent Israel from the house of David; and they made

Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Israel from

following the LORD, and made them sin a great sin.

17:22 For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which

he did; they departed not from them;

17:23 Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by

all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of

their own land to Assyria unto this day.

17:24 And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from

Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim,

and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of

Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof.

17:25 And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they

feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them,

which slew some of them.

17:26 Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria, saying, The nations

which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria, know

not the manner of the God of the land: therefore he hath sent lions

among them, and, behold, they slay them, because they know not

the manner of the God of the land.

17:27 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of

the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let them go and

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dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of the God of the

land.

17:28 Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria

came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they should fear

the LORD.

17:29 Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the

houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made, every

nation in their cities wherein they dwelt.

17:30 And the men of Babylon made Succothbenoth, and the men of

Cuth made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima,

17:31 And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites

burnt their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the

gods of Sepharvaim.

17:32 So they feared the LORD, and made unto themselves of the lowest

of them priests of the high places, which sacrificed for them in the

houses of the high places.

17:33 They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the

manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.

17:34 Unto this day they do after the former manners: they fear not the

LORD, neither do they after their statutes, or after their

ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the LORD

commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel;

17:35 With whom the LORD had made a covenant, and charged them,

saying, Ye shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to them,

nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them:

17:36 But the LORD, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with

great power and a stretched out arm, him shall ye fear, and him

shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice.

17:37 And the statutes, and the ordinances, and the law, and the

commandment, which he wrote for you, ye shall observe to do for

evermore; and ye shall not fear other gods.

17:38 And the covenant that I have made with you ye shall not forget;

neither shall ye fear other gods.

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17:39 But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you out

of the hand of all your enemies.

17:40 Howbeit they did not hearken, but they did after their former

manner.

17:41 So these nations feared the LORD, and served their graven images,

both their children, and their children’s children: as did their

fathers, so do they unto this day.

CHAPTER 18

18:1 Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king

of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to

reign.

18:2 Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he

reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name

also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah.

18:3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD,

according to all that David his father did.

18:4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down

the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had

made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to

it: and he called it Nehushtan.

18:5 He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none

like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before

him.

18:6 For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him,

but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded

Moses.

18:7 And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he

went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served

him not.

18:8 He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof,

from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

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18:9 And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Hezekiah, which

was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that

Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against Samaria, and besieged

it.

18:10 And at the end of three years they took it: even in the sixth year of

Hezekiah, that is in the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria

was taken.

18:11 And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and

put them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the

cities of the Medes:

18:12 Because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD their God, but

transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the

LORD commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them.

18:13 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.

18:14 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 will I bear. And the king of Assyria appointed unto

Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty

talents of gold.

18:15 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.

18:16 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.

18:17 And the king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rabsaris and Rabshakeh

from Lachish to king Hezekiah with a great host against Jerusalem.

And they went up and came to Jerusalem. And when they were

come up, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool,

which is in the highway of the fuller’s field.

18:18 And when they had called to the king, there came out to them

Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the household, and

Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder.

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18:19 And Rabshakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus

saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this

wherein thou trustest?

18:20 Thou sayest, (but they are but vain words,) I have counsel and

strength for the war. Now on whom dost thou trust, that thou

rebellest against me?

18:21 Now, behold, thou trustest upon the staff of 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.

18:22 But if ye say unto me, We trust in the LORD our God: is not that

he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away,

and hath said to Judah and Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this

altar in Jerusalem?

18:23 Now therefore, I pray thee, give pledges to my Lord the king of

Assyria, and I will deliver thee two thousand horses, if thou be

able on thy part to set riders upon them.

18:24 How then wilt thou turn away the face of one captain of the least

of my master’s servants, and put thy trust on Egypt for chariots

and for horsemen?

18:25 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.

18:26 Then said Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, 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 are on the wall.

18:27 But Rabshakeh said unto them, Hath my master sent me to thy

master, and to thee, to speak these words? hath he not sent me to

the men which sit on the wall, that they may eat their own dung,

and drink their own piss with you?

18:28 Then Rabshakeh 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:

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18:29 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not

be able to deliver you out of his hand:

18:30 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.

18:31 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make

an agreement with me by a present, 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 the waters of his cistern:

18:32 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 oil

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.

18:33 Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land out of

the hand of the king of Assyria?

18:34 Where are the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad? where are the gods

of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they delivered Samaria out of

mine hand?

18:35 Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have

delivered their country out of mine hand, that the LORD should

deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand?

18:36 But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for

the king’s commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

18:37 Then came Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the

household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the

recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him the

words of Rabshakeh.

CHAPTER 19

19:1 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.

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19:2 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.

19:3 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.

19:4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear all the words of

Rabshakeh, 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 are left.

19:5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.

19:6 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.

19:7 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.

19:8 So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring

against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from

Lachish.

19:9 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,

19:10 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.

19:11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all

lands, by destroying them utterly: and shalt thou be delivered?

19:12 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?

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19:13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king

of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?

19:14 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.

19:15 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.

19:16 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.

19:17 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations

and their lands,

19:18 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.

19:19 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.

19:20 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.

19:21 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 at thee.

19:22 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.

19:23 By thy 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.

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19:24 I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my

feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places.

19:25 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 heaps.

19:26 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 house tops, and as corn

blasted before it be grown up.

19:27 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and

thy rage against me.

19:28 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.

19:29 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.

19:30 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet

again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.

19:31 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 do this.

19:32 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.

19:33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not

come into this city, saith the LORD.

19:34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for

my servant David’s sake.

19:35 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.

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19:36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned,

and dwelt at Nineveh.

19:37 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 Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.

CHAPTER 20

20:1 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.

20:2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,

saying,

20:3 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.

20:4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle

court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

20:5 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.

20:6 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 David’s

sake.

20:7 And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on

the boil, and he recovered.

20:8 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?

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20:9 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

forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?

20:10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go

down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten

degrees.

20:11 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.

20:12 At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of

Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard

that Hezekiah had been sick.

20:13 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 armor,

and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his

house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

20:14 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 from

Babylon.

20:15 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.

20:16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.

20:17 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 the LORD.

20:18 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.

20:19 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?

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20:20 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?

20:21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son reigned

in his stead.

CHAPTER 21

21:1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and

reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name

was Hephzibah.

21:2 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.

21:3 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.

21:4 And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD

said, In Jerusalem will I put my name.

21:5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of

the house of the LORD.

21:6 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.

21:7 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:

21:8 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

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to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that

my servant Moses commanded them.

21:9 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.

21:10 And the LORD spake by his servants the prophets, saying,

21:11 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:

21:12 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.

21:13 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.

21:14 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;

21:15 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.

21:16 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.

21:17 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?

21:18 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.

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21:19 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.

21:20 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as his

father Manasseh did.

21:21 And he walked in all the way that his father walked in, and served

the idols that his father served, and worshipped them:

21:22 And he forsook the LORD God of his fathers, and walked not in

the way of the LORD.

21:23 And the servants of Amon conspired against him, and slew the

king in his own house.

21:24 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.

21:25 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?

21:26 And he was buried in his sepulchre in the garden of Uzza: and

Josiah his son reigned in his stead.

CHAPTER 22

22:1 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.

22:2 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.

22:3 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,

22:4 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:

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22:5 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,

22:6 Unto carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber and

hewn stone to repair the house.

22:7 Howbeit there was no reckoning made with them of the money

that was delivered into their hand, because they dealt faithfully.

22:8 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.

22:9 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.

22:10 And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest

hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.

22:11 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the

book of the law, that he rent his clothes.

22:12 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,

22:13 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 us.

22:14 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

with her.

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22:15 And she said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell

the man that sent you to me,

22:16 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:

22:17 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.

22:18 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;

22:19 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.

22:20 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.

CHAPTER 23

23:1 And the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of

Judah and of Jerusalem.

23:2 And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the men

of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the

priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great:

and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant

which was found in the house of the LORD.

23:3 And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the

LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments

and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their

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soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in

this book. And all the people stood to the covenant.

23:4 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of

the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of

the temple of the LORD all the vessels that were made for Baal,

and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned

them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the

ashes of them unto Bethel.

23:5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah

had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of

Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that

burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the

planets, and to all the host of heaven.

23:6 And he brought out the grove from the house of the LORD,

without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the

brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the

powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people.

23:7 And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the

house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the

grove.

23:8 And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled

the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to

Beersheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that were in

the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which

were on a man’s left hand at the gate of the city.

23:9 Nevertheless the priests of the high places came not up to the altar

of the LORD in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened

bread among their brethren.

23:10 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of

Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass

through the fire to Molech.

23:11 And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to

the sun, at the entering in of the house of the LORD, by the

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chamber of Nathanmelech the chamberlain, which was in the

suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire.

23:12 And the altars that were on the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz,

which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh

had made in the two courts of the house of the LORD, did the king

beat down, and brake them down from thence, and cast the dust of

them into the brook Kidron.

23:13 And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the

right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of

Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians,

and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom

the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile.

23:14 And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and

filled their places with the bones of men.

23:15 Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place which

Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both

that altar and the high place he brake down, and burned the high

place, and stamped it small to powder, and burned the grove.

23:16 And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that were

there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the

sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it,

according to the word of the LORD which the man of God

proclaimed, who proclaimed these words.

23:17 Then he said, What title is that that I see? And the men of the city

told him, It is the sepulchre of the man of God, which came from

Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the

altar of Bethel.

23:18 And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones. So they let

his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came out of

Samaria.

23:19 And all the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of

Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the Lord to

anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts

that he had done in Bethel.

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23:20 And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon

the altars, and burned men’s bones upon them, and returned to

Jerusalem.

23:21 And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the passover

unto the LORD your God, as it is written in the book of this

covenant.

23:22 Surely there was not holden such a passover from the days of the

judges that judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel,

nor of the kings of Judah;

23:23 But in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, wherein this passover

was holden to the LORD in Jerusalem.

23:24 Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and

the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied

in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he

might perform the words of the law which were written in the

book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the LORD.

23:25 And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the

LORD with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his

might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose

there any like him.

23:26 Notwithstanding the LORD turned not from the fierceness of his

great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah,

because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him

withal.

23:27 And the LORD said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I

have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I

have chosen, and the house of which I said, My name shall be

there.

23:28 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, are they not

written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

23:29 In his days Pharaohnechoh king of Egypt went up against the king

of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and king Josiah went against

him; and he slew him at Megiddo, when he had seen him.

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23:30 And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo, and

brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own sepulchre.

And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and

anointed him, and made him king in his father’s stead.

23:31 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign;

and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name

was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

23:32 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according

to all that his fathers had done.

23:33 And Pharaohnechoh put him in bands at Riblah in the land of

Hamath, that he might not reign in Jerusalem; and put the land to a

tribute of an hundred talents of silver, and a talent of gold.

23:34 And Pharaohnechoh made Eliakim the son of Josiah king in the

room of Josiah his father, and turned his name to Jehoiakim, and

took Jehoahaz away: and he came to Egypt, and died there.

23:35 And Jehoiakim gave the silver and the gold to Pharaoh; but he taxed

the land to give the money according to the commandment of

Pharaoh: he exacted the silver and the gold of the people of the

land, of every one according to his taxation, to give it unto

Pharaohnechoh.

23:36 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign;

and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name

was Zebudah, the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah.

23:37 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according

to all that his fathers had done.

CHAPTER 24

24:1 In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and

Jehoiakim became his servant three years: then he turned and

rebelled against him.

24:2 And the LORD sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands

of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the

children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it,

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according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by his

servants the prophets.

24:3 Surely at the commandment of the LORD came this upon Judah,

to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh,

according to all that he did;

24:4 And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled

Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not

pardon.

24:5 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and all that he did, are they

not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

24:6 So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers: and Jehoiachin his son reigned

in his stead.

24:7 And the king of Egypt came not again any more out of his land: for

the king of Babylon had taken from the river of Egypt unto the

river Euphrates all that pertained to the king of Egypt.

24:8 Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he

reigned in Jerusalem three months. And his mother’s name was

Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.

24:9 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according

to all that his father had done.

24:10 At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came

up against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged.

24:11 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city, and

his servants did besiege it.

24:12 And Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon,

he, and his mother, and his servants, and his princes, and his

officers: and the king of Babylon took him in the eighth year of his

reign.

24:13 And he carried out thence all the treasures of the house of the

LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house, and cut in pieces all

the vessels of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the

temple of the LORD, as the LORD had said.

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24:14 And he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the

mighty men of valour, even ten thousand captives, and all the

craftsmen and smiths: none remained, save the poorest sort of the

people of the land.

24:15 And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon, and the king’s mother,

and the king’s wives, and his officers, and the mighty of the land,

those carried he into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon.

24:16 And all the men of might, even seven thousand, and craftsmen and

smiths a thousand, all that were strong and apt for war, even them

the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.

24:17 And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah his father’s brother king

in his stead, and changed his name to Zedekiah.

24:18 Zedekiah was twenty and one years old when he began to reign,

and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name

was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

24:19 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according

to all that Jehoiakim had done.

24:20 For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem

and Judah, until he had cast them out from his presence, that

Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

CHAPTER 25

25:1 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth

month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of

Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched

against it; and they built forts against it round about.

25:2 And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.

25:3 And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in

the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.

25:4 And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by night

by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by the king’s

garden: (now the Chaldees were against the city round about:) and

the king went the way toward the plain.

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25:5 And the army of the Chaldees pursued after the king, and overtook

him in the plains of Jericho: and all his army were scattered from

him.

25:6 So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of Babylon

to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him.

25:7 And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out

the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and

carried him to Babylon.

25:8 And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which is

the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came

Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of

Babylon, unto Jerusalem:

25:9 And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king’s house, and all

the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man’s house burnt he

with fire.

25:10 And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the

guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about.

25:11 Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the

fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant of

the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carry

away.

25:12 But the captain of the guard left of the door of the poor of the land

to be vinedressers and husbandmen.

25:13 And the pillars of brass that were in the house of the LORD, and

the bases, and the brasen sea that was in the house of the LORD,

did the Chaldees break in pieces, and carried the brass of them to

Babylon.

25:14 And the pots, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the spoons,

and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they

away.

25:15 And the firepans, and the bowls, and such things as were of gold,

in gold, and of silver, in silver, the captain of the guard took away.

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25:16 The two pillars, one sea, and the bases which Solomon had made

for the house of the LORD; the brass of all these vessels was

without weight.

25:17 The height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits, and the chapiter

upon it was brass: and the height of the chapiter three cubits; and

the wreathen work, and pomegranates upon the chapiter round

about, all of brass: and like unto these had the second pillar with

wreathen work.

25:18 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and

Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door:

25:19 And out of the city he took an officer that was set over the men of

war, and five men of them that were in the king’s presence, which

were found in the city, and the principal scribe of the host, which

mustered the people of the land, and threescore men of the people

of the land that were found in the city:

25:20 And Nebuzaradan captain of the guard took these, and brought

them to the king of Babylon to Riblah:

25:21 And the king of Babylon smote them, and slew them at Riblah in

the land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away out of their land.

25:22 And as for the people that remained in the land of Judah, whom

Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, even over them he made

Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, ruler.

25:23 And when all the captains of the armies, they and their men, heard

that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah governor, there came

to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and

Johanan the son of Careah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the

Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of a Maachathite, they and

their men.

25:24 And Gedaliah swear to them, and to their men, and said unto them,

Fear not to be the servants of the Chaldees: dwell in the land, and

serve the king of Babylon; and it shall be well with you.

25:25 But it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of

Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, came, and ten

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men with him, and smote Gedaliah, that he died, and the Jews and

the Chaldees that were with him at Mizpah.

25:26 And all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the

armies, arose, and came to Egypt: for they were afraid of the

Chaldees.

25:27 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity

of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the seven and

twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach king of Babylon in

the year that he began to reign did lift up the head of Jehoiachin

king of Judah out of prison;

25:28 And he spake kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of

the kings that were with him in Babylon;

25:29 And changed his prison garments: and he did eat bread continually

before him all the days of his life.

25:30 And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king,

a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.