2 Kings 18

1 Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that aHezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 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 bAbi, the daughter of Zachariah. 3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did.

4 cHe removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the dbrasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan. 5 He getrusted in the LORD God of Israel; fso that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. 6 For he hclave to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses. 7 And the LORD kwas with him; and he prospered jwhithersoever he went forth: and he irebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not. 8 lHe smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

9 And mit 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. 10 And at the end of three years they took it: even in the sixth year of Hezekiah, that is nthe ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was taken. 11 And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them oin Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes: 12 pBecause 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. 13 Now qin the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah, and took them. 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. 15 And Hezekiah rgave him all the silver that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king's house. 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.

17 And the king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rabsaris and Rab-shakeh 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, swhich is in the highway of the fuller's field. 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. 19 And Rab-shakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, tWhat confidence is this wherein thou trustest? 20 Thou sayest, (but they are but vain words,) I have counsel and strength for the war. uNow on whom dost thou trust, that thou vrebellest against me? 21 wNow, 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. 22 But if ye say unto me, We trust in the LORD our God: is not that he, xwhose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and hath said to Judah and Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem? 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. 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? 25 Am I now come up without the LORD against this place to destroy it? The LORD ysaid to me, Go up against this land, and destroy it. 26 Then said Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna, and Joah, unto Rab-shakeh, 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. 27 But Rab-shakeh 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? 28 Then Rab-shakeh 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: 29 Thus saith the king, zLet not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand: 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. 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: 32 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, aa 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. 33 bHath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? 34 dWhere are the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and cIvah? have they delivered Samaria out of mine hand? 35 Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of mine hand, ethat the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand? 36 But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not. 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 fwith their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rab-shakeh.

Cross Ref
1a2 Chr 28:27
2b2 Chr 29:1
4c2 Chr 31:1
dNum 21:9
5eJob 13:15
f2 Kin 23:25
gEph 1:12
Mat 27:43
Psa 46:1-2
Psa 13:5
2 Chr 32:7-8
2 Kin 19:10
6hJos 23:8
Deu 10:20
7i2 Chr 16:7
jPsa 60:12
kMat 1:23
Psa 46:11
2 Chr 15:2
Gen 39:2-3
8l1 Chr 4:41
Isa 14:29
9m2 Chr 17:3
10n2 Kin 17:6
11o1 Chr 5:26
12p2 Kin 17:7
Dan 9:6
Dan 9:10
13q2 Chr 32:1
15r2 Chr 12:9
2 Kin 16:8
2 Kin 12:18
17sIsa 7:3
19t2 Chr 32:10
20uIsa 36:6
vEzr 4:15
21wIsa 36:6
Eze 29:6-7
22xIsa 36:7
2 Chr 31:1
25y2 Kin 19:6
2 Kin 19:22
2 Chr 35:21
Isa 7:17
29zDan 3:15-17
Job 5:19
2 Chr 32:15
32aDeu 8:7-8
33b2 Kin 19:12
2 Chr 32:14
Isa 10:10-11
34c2 Kin 17:24
d2 Kin 19:13
35eRom 1:21-23
Dan 3:15
Isa 10:5-15
Psa 59:7-8
Psa 50:21
Psa 2:2,4
37fJob 1:20
Isa 33:7
Jer 36:24