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and Asahel, ani Jeriinolh, and Jozabad the street of the gaie of the city, and spake and Eliel, und Ismachiali, and Malath, and comfortably to them, saying, Berajalı, were overseers, under the band of 7 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid Coronial and Shinei his brother, a:lle coin- nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for mandment of Hezekiah the king, and Aza-lall the multitude that is with him : for there na! the ruler of the house of God.

be more with us than with him. it And Kore, the son of Imnal thie Levite, 8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us le porter toward the east, was over the free-lis the Lord our God, to help us, and to fight will-ofserings of God, to distribute the obla- our battles. And the people rested themselves tions of the LonI), and thie must holy things. upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah,

1) And next bim were Echen, and Minia. 9 1 After this did Sennacherib king of As min, and Jeshua, and Shemaiah, Amarial, syria send his servants to Jerusalem, (but he and Shecanialı, in the cities of the priests, in himself laud siege against Lachish, and all his their set oflice, 10 give to their brethren by power with bim,) unto llecekiah king of Ju. courses, as well to the great as lo tlie small; Juah, and unto all Judah that were at Jerusa.

16. Besides their genealngy of males, from lem, saying, three years old and upward, even unto every 10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, one that enteretb ir:tolle house of the Lord, Whereon do ye trust, chat ye abide in the bis daily prtion for their service in their siege in Jerusalem ? charges, accoriling to their courses ;

ii Doth not llezekiah persuade you to give 17 Both to the genealogy of the priests by over yourselves to die by famine and by thirst, the house of their fathers, and the Levites saying, The Lord our God shall deliver us from twenty years old and upward in their out of the hand of the king of Assyria? curgez, by their courses ;

12 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away 18 And to the genealogy of all their liitle tis high p!aces and his altars, and cominanded ones, their wises, and their sons, and their Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship dagliters, through all the congregation : for betore one altar, and burn incense upon it ? in their set office they sanctihed themselves 13 know ye not what I and my fathers have in boliness:

done unto all the people of other lands? were 19.1 ls of the sons of Aaron the priests, the gods of the nations of those lands any ways which were in the fields of the suburbs of able to deliver their lands out of mine hand ? their cities, in every several city, tl.e men 14 Who was there ainong all the gods of that were expressed by waine, to give portions those nations that my fathers utterly de. to all the males among the priests, and to ail stroyed, that could deliver his people out of that were reckoned by genealogies among mine hand, that your God should be able to die Levites.

deliver you out of mine hand ? 20 9 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all 15 Now therefore let not Hczekiah deceive Judalı, and wrouglit that which was good, you, nor persuade you on this manner, neiand righit, and truth, before the Lord bis Goud.ther yet believe him : for no god of any na

21 And in every work that be began in the tion or kingdom was able to deliver his peo. service of the house of God, and in the law, ple out of mine hand, and out of the hand of and in the commandments, to seek luis God, my fathers; how much less shall your God he did it with all his heart, and prospered. deliver you out of mine hand ? CHAP. XXXII.

16 And his servants spake yet more against APER these, baings, and the establish-like LORD God, and against his servant He

inent thereofSennacherib of Aszekiah. syria came, a:d entered into Judah, and en

17 He wrote also letters to rail on the LORD camped against the feucedcities, and though God of Israel, and to speak against him, say. to win them for himself.

ing, As the gods of the nations of other lands 2 And when Hezekiah saw that Senna have not delivered their people out of mine clerib was come, and that he was purposed hand, so shall not the God of Hezekiah deto right against Jerusalem,

liver his people out of mine hand. 3 He took counsel with his princes and his

18 Then they cried with a loud voice, in miglliy men to stop the waters of the four- the Jews' speech, unto the people of Jerusa lains which were without the city; and they lem that were on the wall, to affright them, and did help 1.m.

to trouble them, that they might take the city 4 So there was gathered much people to

19 And they spake against the God of Je gother, wl:0 stopped all the fountains, and the rusalem, as against the gods of the people brock ihal rau through the midst of the land, of the earth, which were the work of the saying, Why should the kings of Assyria

hands of man. anne, and find much water?

20 1 And for this cause Hezekiah the king, 5 Also lie strengthened himself, and built and the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, up all the wall that was broken, and raised prayed and cried to heaven. it up to the towers, and another wall withi

21 And the LORD sent an angel, which cut out, and repaired Álillo in the city of David, off all the mighty men of valour, and the leadand made darts and shields in abundance ers and captains in the camp of the king of 6 And he set ca; tains of war over the peo

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to the house of los god, they that came forth of 4 Also he built alars in the house of the vis own bowels slew hini there will the sword. LORD, whereof tlie LORD had said, la Jert

22 Thus the Lord saved Hezekiah, and salem shall my name be for ever. the inhabitants of Jerusalem, from the land 5 And he built altars for all the lost or heaveu of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from in the two courts of the house of the Lond the hand of all other, and guided them on 6 And he caused his children to pass every side.

through the fire in the valley of the son of 23 And many brought gifts unto the Lorr Hinnom ; also he observed uimes, and used to Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekialı king enchantments, and used witchcraft, and ueait of Judah: so that he was magnified in the with a familiar spirit, and with wizards : le sigkıl of all nations from thenceforth. wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD),

24 11 In those days Ilezekiahi was sick to to provoke him to arger. the death, and prayed unto the LORD: and And he set a carved image, the idol he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign. wlicli he had made, in the house of God, of

2 But Hezekiah rendered not again ac- which God had said to David, and to Solocording to the benefit done unto him ; for iis mon his son, In this house, and in Jerusa. neart was listed up: therefore there was wrath lem, which I bave chosen before all the tibes upon him, and upon Judali and Jerusalein. of Israel, will I put my name for ever:

26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled 8 Neither will I any more remove the foot niinsell for the pride of his heart, (both he and of Israel from out of the land which I bave the inhabitants of Jerusalem,) so that the appointed for your fathers ; so that they will wrath of the Lord came not upon them in take heed to do all that I have commanded thie days of Hezekiah.

them, according to the whole law, and the 7 # And Hezekiah had exceeding much statutes, and the ordinances, by the hand of riches and honour: and he made himself trea- Moses. suries for siiver, and for goid, and for pre- 9 So Manasseh made Judah and the in. cious stones, and for spices, and for shields, habitants of Jerusalemn lo err, and lo do worse and for all inanner of pleasant jewels; than the heathen, whom the Lorp had de

28 Storehouses also for the increase of corn, stroyed before the children of Israel. and wine, and oil; and stalls for all manner 10 11 And the LORD spake 'o Manassel, of heasts, and cotes for Alocks.

and to his people; but they would not hearken. 29 Moreover he provided him cities, and 11 Wherefore the LORD brought upon possessions of flocks and herds in abundance; them the captains of the host of the king of for God liad given liim substance very much. Assyria, which took Manasseh ainong the

30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and car. npper water-course of Gibon, and brought infried bim 10 Babylon straighit down to the west side of the city of 12 And when he was in affiction, he beDavid. And Hezekial prospered in all bis sought the Lord his God, and humbled him. works.

sell greatly before the God of his fathers, 31 T Howbeit in the business of the ambas- 13 And prayed unto him : and le was en. sadors of the princes of Babylon, wlio sentireated of hin, and heard his supplication, unto liim to enquire of the wonder that was and brought him again to Jerusalem into his done in the land, God lest bin, lo try bim, jkingdom. Then Manasseh kuew that the that he might know all that was in his heart. Lord he was God.

32 1 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, 11 1 Now after this be built a wall without and his goodness, behold, they are written in the city of David, on the west side of Gihon, the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of in the valley, even to the entering in at the Amoz, unut in the book of the Kings of Ju- fish.gate, and compassed about Ophel, and dah and Israe!.

raised it up a very great heiglit, and put cap33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, lains of war in all ihe fenced cities of Judah. and they buried him i.l the chiefest of the 15 And he took away the strange gods, sepulchres of ibe sons of David ; and all Ju- and the idol out of the house of the LORD, dal and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him and all the altars that he had built in the honour at bis deatin and Manasseh lis son mount of the house of the LORD, and in Jereigned in his stead.

rusalem, and cast them out of the city. CHAP. XXXIII.

16 And be repaired the altar of the Lord, CANASSEH was twelve years old when and sacrificed thereon peace-offerings and and five years in Jerusalem :

serve the LORD God of Israel. 2. But did liul which was evil in the sight 17 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still of the Loan, like unto the abominations of in the high places, yet unto the Lord their the heall:en, whom the LORD had cast out God only. bofore the children of Israel.

18 I Now the rest of the acts of Manasseli, 3 1 For he will agair: the high places, and bis prayer unto his God, and the words which Hezekialı his father liad broken down, or the scers that spake to bim ic the name of and lie reared up allars for Baalim, and line Loru God of Israel, beliold, they are eril. mude groves, and worshipped all the liost often in the book of the Kings of Israel. begrew, atid served them

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treated or hiin, anul all his sins, and his tres. Levites that kept the doors liad gathered of pass, and the places wherein he built sigh the hand of Manassch aud Ephrain, and of places, and set up groves and graven ima- all the remnantot Israel, and of allJudah and ges, before he was humbled, behold, they are Benjamin :and they returned to Jerusalem. written anong the sayings of the seers. Jó And they put it in the landi of the work

0 4 So Manasseli slept with his fathers, men that had the oversight of the house of and they buried liim in luis ow'u louse : and the Lord, and they gave it to the workmen dinon bis son reigned in his stead. that wrouglit in the house of the LORD, 10

21 1 Ainon wus two and twenty years repair and amend one house : old when he began to reigu ; and reigned 11 Even to the artificers and buikiers gave two years in Jerusalem.

they it, to buy hewn stone, and timber for u But lie did thut which was evil in the couplings, and to Avor the houses which the sight of tie Lord, as did Manasseh his fa. kings of Judah had destroyed. ther: for Amon sacrificed unto all the carved! 12 And the men did the work faithfully: images which Manasseh his father bad made, and the overseers of them were Jahath and and served them ;

Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of Merari; 23 And humbled not himself before the aad Zechariah and Meshullain, of the sons of Lord, as Manasseh his father bad humbled the Kohathites, lo set it forward, and other hi:nsell ; but Amon trespassed more and of the Levites, all that could skill of instru

ments of musick. 24 And his servants conspired against him, 13 Also they were over the bearers of bor. and slew him in his uwn house.

dens, and were overseers of all that wrought 25 ( But the people of the land slew all the work in any manner of service : and of them that had conspired against king Amon : the Levites there were scribes, and officers, and the people of the land made Josiah bis and porters. son king in his stead.

14'1 And when they brouglıl out the moCHAP. XXXIV.

ney that was brought into the house of the gan to reign; and he reigned in Jerusa- law of the LORD given by Moses.

a book of the kein one and thirty years.

15 And Hilkiali answered and said to Sha. 9 And he did that which was right in the phan the scribe, I have found the book of the sight of the LURD, and walked in the ways law in the house of the Lord. And Hilkiab of David his father, and declined neither in delivered the book 10 Shaphan. the vignt land, nor to the left.

16 And Shaphan carried the book to the 3 for in the eighth year of his reign, kiny, and brought the king word back again, while he was yet young, he began to seek saying, All that was committed to thy serafter the God of David his father; and in vants, they do it. the twelfth year he ha gan to purge Judah 17 Andihey have gathered together the moand Jerusalem from the Ligh places, and the ney th:ul uus found in the house of the Lorn, groves, and the carved unages, and the mol- and have delivered it into the hand of the len inages.

overseers, and to the hand of the workmen. 4 And tiiey brake down the altars of Baa- 18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, lim in lis presence; and the images that sayirg, Hilkialı the priest bathi given me a were on liigh above them lie cut down; and book. And Shaphan read it before the king. the groves, and the carved images, and the 19 And it canie to pass, when the king had molien images, he brake in pieces, and made heard the words of the law, ibat he rent bis dust of them, and strewed it upon the graves clothes. of them that had sacrificed unio il:em. 20 And the king commanded Hilkialı, and

5 And he burnt the bones of the priests Alikam the son of Shaphan, und Abdon the upon their allars, and cleansed Judali and son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Jerusalem.

Asaiah a servant of the king's, saying, 6 And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, 21 Go, enquire of the Lord for me, and for and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unio Naph-them that are left in Israel and iu Judalı

, contali, will their mattocks round about. cerning the words of the book that is found:

7 And when lie had broken down the al. for gieat is the wrath of the Lord that is ·ars and the groves, and had beaten the gra- poured out upon us, because our fathers lave ven images into powder, and cut down all not kept the word of the LORD, lo do after ail the idols throughout all the land of Israel, be that is written in this book. returned to Jerusalem.

22 And Hilkial, and they that the king had 8 1 Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, appointed, went to Huldah the prophetess, the when lie had purged the land, and the house, wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath, the son he sent Shaplan the son of Azalialı, and lof Hasrahı, keeper of the wardrobe ; (now she Maaseiab the governor cfthe city, and Joal dwell in Jerusalem in the college ;) and they the son of Joaliaz the recorder, to repair the spake to her to that effect. pouse of the LCRL his God.

23 | And she answered them, Thus sante 9 And when they came to Hilkiah the high the LORD God of Israel, Tell ye ile man thus priest, they delivered the money that was sent you to me, rouglis into the house of God, which the : 24 Tbus saith the LORD, Beliold, I will 347

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pring evil upon this place, and upon the in- ' 4 And prepare your e!res by the houses of habitants thereof, eren all the curses diat are your fathers, after your courses, according 10 written in the book which they have read the writing or David king of Israel, and acbefore the king of Judalı:

cording to the writing of Solomon his sun. 25 Because they have forsaken me, and 5 And stand in the holy place, according nave burned incense unto other gouls, that to the divisions of the families of the fathe: 3 they might provoke ine to anger with all the of your brethren the people, ard after the diworks of their hands; therelore iny wrath vision of the families of ille Levites. shall be poured out upon this place, and shall 6 So kill the passover, and sanctify your not be quenched.

selves, and prepare your brethren, that they 26 And as for the king of Judah, who sent may do according to the word of the LORD you to enquire of the LORD, so shall ye say by ihe hand or loses. unto him, Ilius saith the LORD God of Israel 7 And Josiah gave to the people, of the flock, concerning the words which thou hast heard, lambs and kids, all for ihe passover-offerings,

27 Because thine heart was tender, and for all that were present, to the number of Thou didse humble thyself before God, when thirty thousand, and three thousand bullocks: ilrou leardest liis words against thisplace, and these were of the king's substance. against the inhabitants thereof, and hum. 8 And his prices gare willingly unto the bfedit thyself before me, and didst rend thy people, to the priests, and to the Leviles clothes, and weep before me; I have even Hilkiah, and Zechariain, and Jebiel, rulers of acard thee ako, saith the Lor).

the liouse of God, gare unto the priests for the 28 Bebold, I will gather thee lo lliy fathers, passover-offering; two thousand and six huu and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in dred small cattle, and three liundred oxen. peace, neither shali chine eves see all the erill 9 Cononiah also, and Shemaiain, and Nethiliar I will bring upon this place, and upon aneel, bis brethren, and Hasliabialı, and Je the inhabitants of the same. So they broug!il biel, and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave the king word again.

into the Levites for passover-offerings five 29 1 Then the king seni and gathered to-thousand small calle, and five liuudred uxen. gether all the elders of Judal and Jerusalem. 10 So the service was prepared, and the

30 And the king went up into the house priests stood in their place, and the Levite. of tile Lord, aud all the men of Judah, and in their courses, according to the king's com the inliabitants o! Jerusalem, and the priests, mandmeni. and then Levites, and all the people, great 11 And thiey killed the passover, and the and small; and le read in their ears all the priests sprinkled !he blood from their hands, woruls of the look of the covenant that wus and the Levites flayed them. found in the liouse of the LORD.

12 And they remove: the burnt-offerings, 31 And the king stood in liis place, and that they miglt give according to the divimade a covenant before the Lord, to walk sions ot' lie families of the prople, to cler alier the Lord, and to keep his command- unto the Lons), as it is written in the bank of ments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, Moses: and so did they with the oxen. with all his heart, and with all his soul, to per- 13 And they roasted t!.e passover with fire, form the words of the covenant which are accerding to the ordinance: but the other ho. wrillen in this book.

ly offerings sod they in pois, and in caldrons, 3! And he caused all that were preseat in and in pans, and divided them speedily Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand loit. And among all the people, the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according 10 14 Antalteru'ard they made reauy for them. the covenant of God, the God of their fathers. selves, and for the priests: because the prirsis

33 Aud Josial look away all the abomi- tie sons of Aaron were busied in o.fering of nations out of all the countries that perluined burnt-offerings and the fat until night; there. is the children of Israel, and made all thal fore the Leviies prepared for themselves, and yere present in Israel to serve, even to serve for the priests the sons of Aaron. the Lokbil:ir Gol. And all his days they 15 And the singers, the sons of Asapit, departed not troiu foilo:sing the Lord, the were in their place, according to the con. God of their fathers.

mandinent of David, and Asaph, and HeCHAP. XXXV.

man, and Jeduthun the king's seer; and the , og to the Lord in Jerusalem: and they depart from their service; for ihear brethkilled Hie passier ou le fourteenth day of ren die Leviles prepared for them. The first mo.th.

16 So all the service of the Lord was pre2 And he set the priests in their charges, pared the same day, to keep the passover, and encouraged them to the service of the and to otiei burnt-offerings upon the altar ol house of the LORD);

the Lord, according to the coinmandment a 3 And said unto the Levites that laught all king Josiah. Israei, which were holy unto the Lord, Put 17 And the children of Israel (!rat were the holy ark in the house whichi Solomon, the present kept the passover at that time, and toa uf David king of Israel, did build ; il shall the feast of unleavened bread seven days. not be a burden upon your shoulders: serve 18. And there was no rassover like to the Dow the l. RD your God, and his people Israel, kept in Israel, froin tlie days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel and put them in lns temple at Babylon kerp such a passover as Josial kept, and the Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim,and priests, and ihe Levites, and all Judal and lisabominations which he did, and that which Israel that were present, and the inhabitants was found in hiền, behold, they are written in of Jerusalem.

the hook or the kings of Israel and Judah: 19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of and Jehoiachiin his son reigned in luis stead. Jusia! was this passover kepi.

9 9 Jehoiachin was eight yrars old when 20 9. After all this, when Josiah bad pre he began to reign; and he reigned three pared the temple, Vecho king of Egypteame months and ten days in Jerusalern: and he did up to fight against Charclemish by Euplira- that which us evil in the sigt:l of the LORD. les: and Josiah went out against him. 10 And when the year was expired, king

2.1 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, Nebuchadnezzar seat and brought him to Wlrat lave I to do with thee, thou king of Bahylon, with the govelly, vessels of the house Judalı? I come not against thee this day, but of the LORD, and made Zedekiai his brother against the house wlierewith I have war; for king over Judah and Jerusalem. God commanded me to make laste : forbear 11 4 Zedekialı was oge and twenty years Iliee from meddling with God, who is with old when he began to reign; and reigned une, that he destroy thee not.

eleven years in Jerusalem. 92 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn lois 12 And he did that ichich was evil in the face from him, but disguised himself, that he sight of the Lorv liis God, and humbled not nsigli figlit with bim, and learkened not un. biinself before Jeremialı the prophel, speakto the words of Neclio from the mouth of God, ing from the mouth of the Lory. and came to figat in the valley of Megiddo. 13 And he also rebelled against king Nebu

23. And the archers shot ai king, Josiah : chadnezzar, who had made him swear by and the king said to his servants, llave me God: but he stiffened liis neck, and hardened away; for I am sore wounded.

his ieart from turning unto the Lorn God llis servants therefore took him out of of Israel. that chariot, and put bin in the second cha. 14 ^ Moreover, all the chief of the priests riot that lie liad; and they brouzlit him to and the people transgressed very much, after Jerusalemi, and he died, and was buried in all the abominations of the heathen; and one of the sepulclires of his fathers; and all polluted the bouse of the LORD, which be Judali and Jerusalem inourned for Josiah. had hallowed in Jerusalem

25 1 And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah ;) 15 And the LORD God of their fathers sert and all the singing-men and the singing-wo-to them by his messengers, rising up betiines, men spake of Josialı in their lainentations to and sending; because he had compassion on this day, and inade them an ordinance in Is- his people, and on his dwelling-place. rael: and, behold, they are written in the 16 But they inockelthe messengers of God, Lamentations.

and despised his words, and misused liis pro26 I Now the rest of the acts of Josialı, and plets, until the wrath of the Lord arose his goodness, according to that which was against his people, till i here was no remedy. written in the law of the LORT,

17 Therefore he brouglit upon them the 27 And bis deeds, first and last, behold, king of the Chaldees, who slew their young 'hey are written in the book of the Kings of men with the sword in the house of their Israel and Judalı.

sanctuary, and had no compassion upon CHAP. XXXVI.

young man or maiden, old man, or him that THEN lhe people Soshal land took ono scoprendo com anibegave them all into his hand. king in his father's stead in Jerusalem. great and small, and the treasures of the

2 Jelioahaz wus twenty and three years liouse of the LORD, and the treasures of the old when he began to reign; and he reigned king, and of his princes; all these be brought three months in Jerusalem.

lo Babylon. 3 And the king of Egypt, put liim down at 19 And they burnt the house of God, and Jerusalemn, and condemned the land in an hun- brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt died talents of silver, and a talent of gold. all the pa:aces thereof with fire, and destroy.

4 And the king of Egypt made Eliakim ed all the goodly vessels thereof. his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem, 20 All them that had escaped from llica and turned bis name to Jehoiakim. And Neo sword carried lie away to Babylor., where cho took Jelioahaz his brother, and carried they were servants to liim and his sons unti! bim to Egypt.

the reign of the kingdom of Persia ; 51 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old 2 To fulfil the wor' of the Lord hy the when lie began to reign; and he reigned elev- mouth of Jeremiah, uneil the land had enen years in Jerusalem : and he did That which joyed her sabbaths : for as long as slie lay wos evil in the sig lit of the Lord his God. desolate slie lepe sabbath, to fulhl threescere

6 Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar and ten years. king of Babylon, and bound him in fetters, 22 1 Now, in the first year of Cyrus king to carry him to Babylon.

of Persia, (that the word of the LURD), spoken 7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the res- by the mouth of Jeremiah, might be accoin. lels of the house of the Lord to Babylon, plistiede) the Lurd stirred up the spirit of

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