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The Second Book of the Kings

Fouth Book of Kings (after the Latin)

(Part Three)


The 13th Chapter
     In the twenty third year of Jehoas son of Ohoziah king of Juda, Jehoahaz the son of Jehu was made king over Israel in Samaria, and continued seventeen year. And he wrought wickedness in the sight of the Lord: for he followed the sin of Jeroboam the son of Nabat which made Israel sin, and departed not there from. Wherefore the Lord was angry with Israel, and delivered them into the hand of Hazael king of Siria, and into the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael all their days.
     But Jehoahaz besought the Lord, and the Lord heard him. For he had seen the oppression of Israel, how the king of Siria oppressed them. And therefore the Lord gave Israel a deliverer and they went out from under the hands of the Sirians. And the children of Israel dwelt in their tents as before time. Nevertheless they departed not from the sin of the house of Jeroboam which made Israel sin, but walked therein. And there remained a grove also in Samaria still: But there were left of the people to Jehoahaz, but fifty horseman and ten chariots, and ten thousand footmen for the King of Siria had destroyed them and made them like threshed chaff. The rest of the acts of Jehoahaz, and all he did and his power are written in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. And Jehoahaz rested with his fathers, and they buried him in Samaria, and Joas his son reigned in his stead. In the thirty seventh year of Jehoas king of Juda, began Joas the son of Jehoahaz to reign over Israel in Samaria, and continued sixteen year, and did unhappily in the sight of the Lord and departed in nothing from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nabat that made Israel sin, but walked therein.
     The remnant of the acts of Joas and all he did, and his power, how he fought with Amaziah king of Juda, are written in the chronicle book of the Kings of Israel. And when Joas was laid to rest with his fathers, Jeroboam sat upon his seat. And Joas was buried in Samaria among the kings of Israel.
     When Eliseus was fallen sick of the sickness whereof he died, Joas king of Israel came to him and wept to him, and said: O father, father the chariot of Israel and the horsemen of the same. And Eliseus said unto him, bring bow and arrows. And he brought to him bow and arrows. And he said to the king of Israel: put your hand upon the bow, and when he had put his hand upon the bow, Eliseus put his hands upon the kings hands. Then he said, open a window eastward: and he opened. And Eliseus said: shoot, and he shot. And he said: the arrow of help of the Lord, and the arrow of help against the Sirians, for you shall beat the Sirians in Aphek till you have consumed them.
     Then he said: take arrows: and he took. Then he said to the king of Israel, smite the ground: and he smote three times and ceased. And the man of God was angry with him and said: you should have smitten five or six times, and then you had smitten the Sirians till you had consumed them: where now you shall beat them but three times.
     When Eliseus was dead and buried the soldiers of the Moabites came into the land, the year following. And it chanced as they were burying a man, that they spied the Soldiers, and therefore cast the man into the sepulcher of Eliseus. And as soon as the man came and touched the bones of Eliseus, he revived and stood up on his feet.
     And Hazael oppressed Israel, all the days of Jehoahaz. But the Lord had mercy on them and pitied them and turned to them because of his appointment made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and would not destroy them, either cast them from him as yet. And when Hazael king of Siria was dead, Benhadad his son reigned in his stead. And then Joas the son of Jehoahaz went again and took out of the hand of Benhadad son of Hazael, the cities which he had taken away out of the hands of Jehoahaz his father, with war. And three times did Joas beat him and brought the cities of Israel again.

The 14th Chapter
     The second year of Joas son of Jehoahaz king of Israel reigned Amaziah the son of Jehoas king of Juda: he was twenty five year old when he began, and reigned twenty nine years in Jerusalem. His mothers name was Jehoadan, and was of Jerusalem. And he did that pleased the Lord, yet not like David his father: but did in all things as Joas his father did. Neither took they away the hill altars. But the people slew and offered still in the hill altars. And as soon as the kingdom was settled in his hand, he slew his servants that killed the king his father. But the children of those murderers he slew not, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, where the Lord commanded saying: the fathers shall not die for the childrens cause, nor the children for the deeds of their fathers: But every man shall be slain for his own sin.
     And he slew of the Edomites in the salt valley ten thousand, and took the town Sela with strength of battle, and called the name of it Jekyoul ever after. After that Amaziah sent messengers to Joas the son of Jehoahaz son of Jehu king of Israel saying: come, let us see each other. But Joas king of Israel sent again to Amaziah king of Juda saying: A thistle in Libanon sent to a cypress tree in Libanon saying: give your daughter to my son to wife. But the wild beasts in Libanon went and trod down the thistle. Because you have beaten the Edomites, therefore your heart rises. Be glorious: but tarry at home. For what need you to provoke to mischief, that you should be overthrown and Juda with you.
     But Amaziah would not hear. And so Joas king of Israel went up, and he and Amaziah king of Juda saw either other at Bethsames in Juda. And Juda was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled every man to his tent. And Joas king of Israel took Amaziah king of Juda, son of Jehoas son of Ohoziah, at Bethsames. And then he went to Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits. And he took all the gold and silver and all the vessels that were found in the house of the Lord, and in the treasure of the kings house, and hostages thereto: and then returned to Samaria again.
     The rest of the acts of Joas which he did, and his power, and how he fought with Amaziah king of Juda, are written in the chronicles of the kings of Israel: and Joas laid him to rest with his fathers and was buried at Samaria among the kings of Israel: and Jeroboam his son reigned in his room.
     Amaziah the son of Jehoas king of Juda lived after the death of Joas son of Jehoahaz king of Israel, fifteen year. And the remnant of the deeds of Amaziah, are written in the chronicles of the kings of Juda. And they conspired great treason against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachis. And they went after him to Lachis and slew him there. And they brought him on an horse and he was buried at Jerusalem with his fathers in the city of David. And all the people of Juda took Azariah, which was sixteen years old and made him king for his father Amaziah. And he built Ailath and brought it again to Juda, after that the king was laid to rest with his fathers.
     The fifteenth year of Amaziah son of Jehoas king of Juda, was Jeroboam son of Joas made king over Israel in Samaria and reigned forty one years, and wrought wickedness in the sight of the Lord: for he turned in nothing from the sin of Jeroboam the son of Nabat which made Israel sin. He restored the coasts of Israel from the entering of Hemath unto the sea, in the wild fields, according to the word of the Lord God of Israel which he spoke through his servant Jonas the son of Amithai the prophet, which was of Geth Opher. For the Lord had seen how that the affliction of Israel was exceeding bitter, in so much that the prisoned and the forsaken were at an end. And there was no helper unto Israel. And the Lord had not yet said that men should put out the name of Israel from under heaven. And therefore he help them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joas.
     The rest of the deeds of Jeroboam, and all he did, and his power how he fought, and how he restored Damasco and Hemath to Juda in Israel are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. And Jeroboam laid him to rest with his fathers and with the kings of Israel, and Zachariah his son reigned in his stead.

The 15th Chapter
     The twenty seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Azariah son of Amaziah king of Juda began to reign. Sixteen year old was he when he was made king, and he reigned forty two years in Jerusalem, his mothers name was Jecheliah, and was of Jerusalem. And he did that pleased the Lord in all things as did his father Amaziah: save that they put not the hill altars away: for the people offered and burned fat still in the hill altars. And the Lord smote the king, that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in an house at liberty, and Jotham the kings son governed the house and judged the people of the land. The rest of the deeds of Azariah and all he did, are written in the chronicles of the kings of Juda. And Azariah laid him to sleep with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David, and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.
     In the thirty eighth year of Azariah king of Juda, was Zachariah the son of Jeroboam made king upon Israel in Samaria, and reigned six months, and did that displeased the Lord, as did his fathers, and turned not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nabat which made Israel sin. And Selum the son of Jabes conspired against him, and smote him before the people, and killed him, and reigned in his stead.
     The rest of the deeds of Zachariah are written in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. This is the saying that the Lord spoke unto Jehu, saying: your sons shall sit on the seat of Israel in the fourth generation. And it came to pass.
     Selum the son of Jabes began to reign the thirty ninth year of Azariah king of Juda, and he reigned a month in Samaria. For Manahem the son of Gadi came up from Therzah and went to Samaria and smote Selum the son of Jabes in Samaria, and slew him, and reigned in his stead. The rest of the deeds of Selum and the treason, which he conspired are written in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. The same time Manahem destroyed Thaphsah, and all that were therein, and the coasts thereof from Therzah (because they opened not to him) he smote and rent all the women with child.
     The thirty ninth year of Azariah king of Juda, began Manahem the son of Gadi to reign upon Israel, and continued ten years in Samaria. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, and turned not all his days from the sin of Jeroboam the son of Nabat which made Israel sin. And Phul king of Assiria came upon the land. And Manahem gave Phul a thousand talents of silver, to help him to stablish his kingdom. And Manahem raised the money in Israel, upon all men of substance, for to give the king of Assiria fifty sickles of silver apiece. And the king of Assiria turned back again and tarried not there in the land.
     The rest of the deeds of Manahem and all he did, are written in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. And when Manahem was laid to rest with his fathers Phakeiah his son reigned in his stead.
     The fiftieth year of Azariah king of Juda, began Phakeiah the son of Manahem to reign over Israel in Samaria, and continued two year, and wrought wickedly in the sight of the Lord and left not off from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nabat which made Israel sin. And Phakeh the son of Romeliah a Lord of his conspired against him and slew him in the palace of the Kings house, with Argob and Ariah and fifty men with him that were Galaadites: and when he had killed him, reigned in his room. The rest of the acts of Phakeiah and all he did are written in the chronicles of the kings of Israel.
     And the fifty second year of Azariah king of Juda, began Phakeh the son of Romeliah to reign over Israel in Samaria and continued twenty year, and did evil in the sight of the Lord, and turned not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nabat that made Israel sin. In the days of Phakeh king of Israel, came Teglath Phalasar king of Assiria, and took Aion, Abel, Beth, Maach, Janoah, Kads, Hazor, Galaad, Galile, and all the land of Nephthali, and carried them away to Assiria.
     And Hosea the son of Elah conspired treason against Phakeh the son of Romeliah and smote him and slew him and reigned in his stead, the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Oziah. The rest of the acts of Phakeh, and all he did, are written in the stories of the kings of Israel.
     The second year of Phakeh son of Romeliah king of Israel, began Jotham the son of Oziah king of Juda to reign. Five and twenty year old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen year in Jerusalem. His mothers name was Jerusa the daughter of Zadok. And he did that was right in the sight of the Lord: even in all things as did his father Oziah, did he. But they put not away the hill altars: for the people offered and burnt incense still in the hill altars, he built the highest door in the house of the Lord. The rest of the deeds of Jotham and all he did, are written in the Chronicles of the kings of Juda. In those days the Lord began to send against Juda, Razin the king of Siria and Phakeh the son of Romeliah. And Jotham rested with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father, and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.

The 16th Chapter
     The seventeenth year of Phakah son of Romeliah king of Israel, Ahaz son of Jotham king of Juda, began to reign. Twenty year old was he when he was made king: and reigned sixteen year in Jerusalem, and did not that was right in the eyes of the Lord his God, like David his father: But went in the way of the kings of Israel, and thereto he offered his son in fire, after the abomination of the heathen which the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. And he offered and burnt the fat in the hill altars and on the hills and under every green tree. Then Razin King of Siria and Phakeh son of Romeliah King of Israel came up to Jerusalem to fight. And they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him. At the same time Razin King of Siria brought Ailath again to Siria, and rid the Jews from that place. And the Sirians went to Ailath and dwelt therein unto this day.
     Then Ahaz sent messengers to Teglath Phalasar King of Assiria, saying: I am your servant and your son, come and deliver me out of the hand of the King of Siria, and out of the hand of the King of Israel, which are risen against me. And Ahaz took the silver and the gold that was found in the house of the Lord and in the treasure of the Kings house, and sent it for a reward to the King of Assiria. And the King of Assiria hearkened to him, and went to Damasco, and took it, and carried the people away to Kir and slew Razin.
     And King Ahaz went against Teglath Phalasar King of Assiria, to Damasco. And when he saw a certain altar that was at Damasco, he sent to Uriah the priest the pattern of the altar and the fashion of all the workmanship thereof. And Uriah the priest made an altar in all points like to the pattern which king Ahaz had sent from Damasco, and had finished it by the kings coming from Damasco. And when the king was come from Damasco and saw the altar, he went to it and offered thereon. And he burnt his burnt offering, and sprinkled the blood of his peace offering, and poured his drink offering and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings upon the said altar. And the brazen altar that was before the Lord, he fetched from before the house, from between the altar and the house of the Lord, and put it on the north side of the said altar.
     And the King commanded Uriah the Priest saying: upon the great altar set on fire, in the morning burnt offerings, and in the evening meat offerings and the kings burntsacrifice and his meatoffering, and the burntofferings of all the people of the land and their meatofferings and their drinkofferings, and pour thereon all the blood of all manner of offerings. But the brazen altar shall be for me, to enquire with. And Uriah the priest did all things as King Ahaz commanded him. And king Ahaz brake the sides of the bottoms and took the lavers from off them, and took down the sea from off the brazen oxen that were under it, and put it upon a pavement of stone. And thereto the pulpit for the Sabbath that they had made in the house, and the kings entry without turned he to the house of the Lord, for fear of the king of Assiria. The rest of the deeds of Ahaz which he did are written in the Chronicles of the kings of Juda. And Ahaz laid him to rest with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his room.

The 17th Chapter
     In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Juda, Hosea son of Elah began to reign in Samaria upon Israel, and continued nine year, and did that displeased the Lord, but not so evil as did the Kings of Israel that were before him. And Salmanasar king of Assiria came upon him, and Hosea became his servant and gave him presents. And the king of Assiria found treason in Hosea, because he had sent messengers to Sua king of Egypt, and sent no presents unto the king of Assiria, as he was yearly wont to do. Therefore the king of Assiria besieged him and put him in prison. And then the king of Assiria came throughout all the land, and came to Samaria and besieged it three year. And in the ninth year of Hosea, the king of Assiria took Samaria and carried Israel away unto Assiria and put them in Hala, in Habor on the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes. For the children of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God which brought them out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharao king of Egypt, and feared other gods. And they walked in the ordinance of the heathen which the Lord cast out before the children of Israel, and in the things which the kings of Israel had made. And the children of Israel wrapped themselves in things that were not well toward the Lord their God. And they built them Hillaltars in all their cities, both in the towers where they kept watch and also in the strong towns. And they made them Images and groves on every high hill and under every green tree. And there they sacrificed in the Hillaltars, as did the heathen which the Lord carried away at their coming, and wrought wicked deeds, to anger the Lord withal. And they served Idols, whereof the Lord had said to them: you shall not do so.
     And the Lord testified to Israel and to Juda, by all the prophets and by all the sears, saying: Turn from your wicked ways and keep my commandments and mine ordinances according to all the laws which I commanded your fathers, and as I sent to you by my servants the prophets. Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the necks of their fathers that did not believe the Lord their God. And they refused his ordinances and his appointment that he had made with their fathers, and the witness which he had witnessed to them and followed vanity and became vain, like to the heathen that were round about them, of which the Lord had charged them, that they should not do like them. But they left the commandments of the Lord their God and made them Images of metal, even two calves: and made groves and bowed themselves unto all the Host of heaven, and served Baal. And they sacrificed their sons and their daughters in fire, and used witchcraft and enchantments, and were sold to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, for to anger him.
     Wherefore the Lord was exceeding wroth with Israel and put them out of his sight, that there was left but the tribe of Juda only, and thereto Juda kept not the commandments of the Lord their God, but walked in the ordinances of Israel which they had made. Therefore the Lord cast up all the seed of Israel and vexed them and delivered them into the hands of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight. And Israel divided themselves, from the house of David, and made Jeroboam the son of Nabat king. Which Jeroboam thrust Israel away from the Lord and made them sin a great sin. And so the children of Israel walked in all the sin of Jeroboam which he had set up, and departed not therefrom, until the Lord had put Israel away out of his sight, as he said by all his servants the prophets. And so he translated Israel out of their land to Assiria, even unto this day.
     And the king of Assiria brought from Babylon and from Cutha, and from Ava and from Hemath and from Sepharuaim, and put them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel. And they possessed Samaria and dwelt in the cities thereof. But at the beginning of their dwelling, they feared not the Lord. Wherefore the Lord sent lions upon them which slew them. Then men told the king of Assiria, saying: The nations which you have translated and put in the cities of Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land, and therefore he has sent lions upon them, which slay them, because they know not the manner of the God of the land.
     Then the king of Assiria commanded saying: carry over there one of the priests which you brought from that place, and let him go and dwell there, and teach them the fashion how to serve the God of the country. And then one of the priests which they had carried from that place, went and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the Lord. How be it every nation made their own Gods and put them in the houses of the Hillaltars which the Samaritans had made, every nation in their cities where they dwelt. The men of Babylon made Socoth, Benoth. The men of Cuth made Nergal. They of Hemath made Asima. The Evites made Nebahaz, and Tharthak. And the Sepharuites burnt their children in fire unto Adramelech and Anamelech, the Gods of Sepharuites. And they feared the Lord, yet they made them priests of the lowest of the people, for the Hillaltars, which sacrificed for them in the houses of the Hillaltars. And so they feared the Lord, and yet served their own Gods after the manner of the people from where they were brought.
     Unto this day they do after the old manner: they neither fear the Lord, neither do after their own ordinances and customs, and after the law and commandment which the Lord commanded the children of Jacob whose name he called Israel, and made an appointment with them and charged them saying: Fear not any other Gods, nor bow yourselves to them nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them: But to the Lord which brought you out of the land of Egypt with great power and a stretched out arm: him fear and to him bow and to him do sacrifice. And the ordinances, customs, law and commandment which I wrote for you, see that you be diligent to do for evermore, and fear not any other gods. And the appointment that I have made with you, see you forget not, and that you fear none other Gods: but the Lord your God you shall fear, and he shall deliver you out of the hands of all your enemies. How be it they heard not, but did after the old manner. And even so did these nations fear the Lord and serve their images thereto: and so did their children, and their childrens children too. Even as did their fathers, so do they unto this day.

The 18th Chapter
     In the third year of Hosea son of Ela, king of Israel reigned Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Juda. Twenty five year old was he, when he began to reign, and reigned twenty nine year in Jerusalem. His mothers name was Abi the daughter of Zachariah, and he did that pleased the Lord in all things, like to David his father. He put away the hillaltars, and brake the images and cut down the groves, and all to brake the brazen serpent that Moses made. For unto those days the children of Israel did burn sacrifice to it, and called it Nehustan. He trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him came none like him among all the Kings of Juda, neither among them that went before him. He clave to the Lord and departed not from him, but kept his commandments which the Lord commanded Moses. And the Lord was with him. And whatsoever he took in hand he did it wisely. And he rebelled against the king of Assiria and served him not. He beat the Philistines even unto Azah and the coasts thereof, both in castles of garrisons and strong cities too.
     And the fourth year of King Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of Hosea son of Elah king of Israel, came Salmanasar king of Assiria upon Samaria and besieged it. And they took it at the end of three years, which was the sixth of Hezekiah: that is to say the ninth year of Hosea king of Israel, was Samaria won. And the king of Assiria did carry away Israel unto Assiria, and put them in Halah and in Habor on the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes: because they would not hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God. But transgressed his appointment, and all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded, and would neither hear nor do.
     The fourteenth year of King Hezekiah came Sennaherib king of Assiria against all the strong cities of Juda and took them. Whereupon Hezekiah king of Juda sent to the king of Assiria to Lachis saying: I have offended. But depart from me, and what you put on me that I will bear. And the king of Assiria appointed unto Hezekiah king of Juda three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold. And Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the house of the Lord and also the treasure of the kings house. And the said season Hezekiah rent off the doors of the temple of the Lord and the pillars, which the said Hezekiah king of Juda covered over, an gave them to the king of Assiria.
     And the king of Assiria sent Tharthan and Rabsaris, and Rabsakeh from Lachis to king Hezekiah with a great Host to Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem, and went and stood by the conduit of the uppermost pool which is in the way to the fullers field, and called to the king. And there came out to them, Eliakim the son of Helkiah steward of household, and Sobnah the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, And then Rabsakeh said unto them. Tell you Hezekiah I pray you: Thus says the great king, the king of Assiria, What confidence is this that you hast? you will haply speak a light word, that you have counsel and power to make war. On whom then do you trust, that you rebell against me? do you trust to the staff of this broken reed Egypt, on which if a man lean it will run into his hand and pierce it: For even so is Pharao king of Egypt unto all that trust on him. If you say unto me, we trust in the Lord our God. Is not that he whose hillaltars and other altars too, Hezekiah has put down, and has said to Juda and Jerusalem, bow yourselves before this altar here in Jerusalem.
     And now join yourself to my lord the king of Assiria, and I will deliver you two thousand horses, if you be able to set riders upon them: (and if you be not) how then are you able to resist one of the least Dukes of my masters servants? or trust you to Egypt for chariots and horsemen? Moreover think you that I am come without the bidding of the Lord to this place to destroy it? no: the Lord said to me: Go up to this land, and destroy it. Then said Eliakim the son of Helkiah and Sobnah and Joah, to Rabsakeh: speak we pray you to your servants in the Sirians language, for we understand it: and talk not with us in the Jews tongue, in the ears of the people that are on the walls. And Rabsakeh said unto them: has my master sent me only to your master and to you, to speak these words, or rather to the men that keep on the walls, that they shall eat their own dirt, and drink their own piss with you.
     And so Rabsakeh stood and cried with a loud voice in the Jews language, and spoke saying: hear the saying of the great king, the king of Assiria. Thus says the king: Let not Hezekiah beguile you, for he is not able to deliver you out of mine hand: neither let Hezekiah make you trust to the Lord saying: the Lord will surely rid us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hands of the king of Assiria. Hearken not unto Hezekiah, for thus says the king of Assiria.
     Deal kindly with me, and come out to me. And then eat every man of his own vine, and of his own fig tree, and drink every man of the water of his own well, till I come and fetch you to as good a land as yours is: a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees, of oil and of honey. And you shall live and not die. And hearken not unto Hezekiah for he will beguile you, saying: the Lord shall deliver us. For have the Gods of the nations delivered any God his land, out of the hand of the king of Assiria? Where are the Gods of Hemath and of Arphad? where are the Gods of Sepharuaim of Ana and Auah? did they deliver Samaria out of mine hands? what God of any land has delivered his land out of mine hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand?
     But the people held their peace and answered him not a word: for the king had commanded saying: answer him not. Then Eliakim the steward of household, and Sobnah the scribe and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, came to Hezekiah with their clothes rent and told him the words of Rabsakeh.

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