- 2 Chronicles 19-36
- Chapter 19
- 1 And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem.
2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat,
Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon
thee from before the LORD.
3 Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast taken away the
groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God.
4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people from
Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers.
5 And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city,
6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the
LORD, who is with you in the judgment.
7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no
iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.
8 Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and of the priests, and of the
chief of the fathers of Israel, for the judgment of the LORD, and for controversies, when
they returned to Jerusalem.
9 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and
with a perfect heart.
10 And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that dwell in their cities,
between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall
even warn them that they trespass not against the LORD,
- and so wrath come upon you, and
upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass.
11 And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of the LORD; and
Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king's matters:
also the Levites shall be officers before you. Deal courageously,
- and the LORD shall be
with the good.
- Chapter 20
- 1 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of
Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude
against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar,
which is Engedi.
3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast
throughout all Judah.
4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the
cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the
LORD, before the new court,
6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou
over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so
that none is able to withstand thee?
7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people
Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?
8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,
9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand
before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee
in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not
let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and
destroyed them not;
11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou
hast given us to inherit.
12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company
that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their
14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son
of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of
15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king
Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this
great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.
16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye
shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the
salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to
morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.
19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the
Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.
20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as
they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of
Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be
- established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that
should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise
the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the
children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were
23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir,
utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of
Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the
multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found
among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they
stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away:
- and they were three days in
gathering of the spoil, it was so much.
26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there
they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.
27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront
of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over
28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the
29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard
that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.
30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.
31 And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five years old when he began to
reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah
the daughter of Shilhi.
32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing that which
was right in the sight of the LORD.
33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared
their hearts unto the God of their fathers.
34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in
the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.
35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel,
who did very wickedly:
36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships
37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying,
Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the
ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.
- Chapter 21
- 1 Now Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city
of David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.
2 And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and Jehiel, and Zechariah, and
Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah: all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of
3 And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious things,
with fenced cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was the
4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself, and
slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel.
5 Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years
6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he
had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the
7 Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he
had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.
8 In his days the Edomites revolted from under the dominion of Judah, and made themselves
9 Then Jehoram went forth with his princes, and all his chariots with him: and he rose up
by night, and smote the Edomites which compassed him in, and the captains of the chariots.
10 So the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. The same time also
did Libnah revolt from under his hand; because he had forsaken the LORD God of his
11 Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of
Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.
12 And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus saith the LORD
God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy
father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah,
13 But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and
also hast slain thy brethren of thy father's house, which were better than thyself:
14 Behold, with a great plague will the LORD smite thy people, and thy children, and thy
wives, and all thy goods:
15 And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out
by reason of the sickness day by day.
16 Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines, and of the
Arabians, that were near the Ethiopians:
- 17 And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried away all the substance that
was found in the king's house, and his sons also, and his wives; so that there was never a
son left him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.
18 And after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with an incurable disease.
19 And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his bowels
fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of sore diseases. And his people made no
burning for him, like the burning of his fathers.
20 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem
eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of
David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.
- Chapter 22
- 1 And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son king in his stead: for
the band of men that came with the Arabians to the camp had slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned.
2 Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in
Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Athaliah the daughter of Omri.
3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother was his counsellor to do
4 Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD like the house of Ahab: for they were his
counsellors after the death of his father to his destruction.
5 He walked also after their counsel, and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel
to war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramothgilead: and the Syrians smote Joram.
6 And he returned to be healed in Jezreel because of the wounds which were given him at
Ramah, when he fought with Hazael king of Syria. And Azariah the son of Jehoram king of
Judah went down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab at Jezreel,
- because he was sick.
7 And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God by coming to Joram: for when he was come, he
went out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the LORD had anointed to cut
off the house of Ahab.
8 And it came to pass, that, when Jehu was executing judgment upon the house of Ahab, and
found the princes of Judah, and the sons of the brethren of Ahaziah, that ministered to
Ahaziah, he slew them.
9 And he sought Ahaziah: and they caught him, (for he was hid in Samaria,) and brought him
to Jehu: and when they had slain him, they buried him: Because, said they, he is the son
of Jehoshaphat, who sought the LORD with all his heart.
- So the house of Ahaziah had no power to keep still the kingdom.
10 But when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and
destroyed all the seed royal of the house of Judah.
11 But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole
him from among the king's sons that were slain, and put him and his nurse in a bedchamber.
So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of king Jehoram,
- the wife of Jehoiada the priest, (for she was the sister of Ahaziah,) hid him from Athaliah, so that she slew him not.
12 And he was with them hid in the house of God six years: and Athaliah reigned over the
- Chapter 23
- 1 And in the seventh year Jehoiada strengthened himself, and took the captains of
hundreds, Azariah the son of Jeroham, and Ishmael the son of Jehohanan, and Azariah the
son of Obed, and Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the son of Zichri,
covenant with him.
2 And they went about in Judah, and gathered the Levites out of all the cities of Judah,
and the chief of the fathers of Israel, and they came to Jerusalem.
3 And all the congregation made a covenant with the king in the house of God. And he said
unto them, Behold, the king's son shall reign, as the LORD hath said of the sons of David.
4 This is the thing that ye shall do; A third part of you entering on the sabbath, of the
priests and of the Levites, shall be porters of the doors;
5 And a third part shall be at the king's house; and a third part at the gate of the
foundation: and all the people shall be in the courts of the house of the LORD.
6 But let none come into the house of the LORD, save the priests, and they that minister
of the Levites; they shall go in, for they are holy: but all the people shall keep the
watch of the LORD.
7 And the Levites shall compass the king round about, every man with his weapons in his
hand; and whosoever else cometh into the house, he shall be put to death: but be ye with
the king when he cometh in, and when he goeth out.
8 So the Levites and all Judah did according to all things that Jehoiada the priest had
commanded, and took every man his men that were to come in on the sabbath, with them that
were to go out on the sabbath: for Jehoiada the priest
- dismissed not the courses.
9 Moreover Jehoiada the priest delivered to the captains of hundreds spears, and bucklers,
and shields, that had been king David's, which were in the house of God.
10 And he set all the people, every man having his weapon in his hand, from the right side
of the temple to the left side of the temple, along by the altar and the temple, by the
king round about.
11 Then they brought out the king's son, and put upon him the crown, and gave him the
testimony, and made him king. And Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said, God save
12 Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she came
to the people into the house of the LORD:
13 And she looked, and, behold, the king stood at his pillar at the entering in, and the
princes and the trumpets by the king: and all the people of the land rejoiced, and sounded
with trumpets, also the singers with instruments of music,
- and such as taught to sing
praise. Then Athaliah rent her clothes, and said, Treason, Treason.
14 Then Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds that were set over the
host, and said unto them, Have her forth of the ranges: and whoso followeth her, let him
be slain with the sword. For the priest said,
- Slay her not in the house of the LORD.
15 So they laid hands on her; and when she was come to the entering of the horse gate by
the king's house, they slew her there.
16 And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all the people, and between the
king, that they should be the LORD'S people.
17 Then all the people went to the house of Baal, and brake it down, and brake his altars
and his images in pieces, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.
18 Also Jehoiada appointed the offices of the house of the LORD by the hand of the priests
the Levites, whom David had distributed in the house of the LORD, to offer the burnt
offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the law of Moses,
- with rejoicing and with
singing, as it was ordained by David.
19 And he set the porters at the gates of the house of the LORD, that none which was
unclean in any thing should enter in.
20 And he took the captains of hundreds, and the nobles, and the governors of the people,
and all the people of the land, and brought down the king from the house of the LORD: and
they came through the high gate into the king's house,
- and set the king upon the throne of
21 And all the people of the land rejoiced: and the city was quiet, after that they had
slain Athaliah with the sword.
- Chapter 24
- 1 Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in
Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Zibiah of Beersheba.
2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the
3 And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and daughters.
4 And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house of the LORD.
5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the
cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year
to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened it not.
6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou not
required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection,
according to the commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD,
- and of the congregation of
Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?
7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also
all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim.
8 And at the king's commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the
house of the LORD.
9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the LORD the
collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.
10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the
chest, until they had made an end.
11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king's office by
the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king's scribe
and the high priest's officer came and emptied the chest, and took it,
- and carried it to
his place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.
12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the service of the house
of the LORD, and hired masons and carpenters to repair the house of the LORD, and also
such as wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the LORD.
13 So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of
God in his state, and strengthened it.
14 And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money before the king and
Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of the LORD, even vessels to minister,
and to offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver.
- And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada.
15 But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred and thirty years
old was he when he died.
16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in
Israel, both toward God, and toward his house.
17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the
king. Then the king hearkened unto them.
18 And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served groves and idols:
and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass.
19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the LORD; and they testified
against them: but they would not give ear.
20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood
above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments
of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper?
- because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also
21 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the
king in the court of the house of the LORD.
22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to
him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The LORD look upon it, and require it.
23 And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of Syria came up against him:
and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from
among the people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the king of Damascus.
24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and the LORD delivered a
very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.
So they executed judgment against Joash.
25 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases,) his own
servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew
him on his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of David,
- but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.
26 And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the son of Shimeath an Ammonitess,
and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a Moabitess.
27 Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens laid upon him, and the
repairing of the house of God, behold, they are written in the story of the book of the
kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.
- Chapter 25
- 1 Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty
and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.
3 Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established to him, that he slew his servants
that had killed the king his father.
4 But he slew not their children, but did as it is written in the law in the book of
Moses, where the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not die for the children,
neither shall the children die for the fathers, but every man shall die for his own sin.
5 Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them captains over thousands, and
captains over hundreds, according to the houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah and
Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty years old and above,
- and found them three
hundred thousand choice men, able to go forth to war, that could handle spear and shield.
6 He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for an hundred
talents of silver.
7 But there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, let not the army of Israel go with
thee; for the LORD is not with Israel, to wit, with all the children of Ephraim.
8 But if thou wilt go, do it, be strong for the battle: God shall make thee fall before
the enemy: for God hath power to help, and to cast down.
9 And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I
have given to the army of Israel? And the man of God answered, The LORD is able to give
thee much more than this.
10 Then Amaziah separated them, to wit, the army that was come to him out of Ephraim, to
go home again: wherefore their anger was greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned
home in great anger.
11 And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his people, and went to the valley of
salt, and smote of the children of Seir ten thousand.
12 And other ten thousand left alive did the children of Judah carry away captive, and
brought them unto the top of the rock, and cast them down from the top of the rock, that
they all were broken in pieces.
13 But the soldiers of the army which Amaziah sent back, that they should not go with him
to battle, fell upon the cities of Judah, from Samaria even unto Bethhoron, and smote
three thousand of them, and took much spoil.
14 Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah was come from the slaughter of the Edomites,
that he brought the gods of the children of Seir, and set them up to be his gods, and
bowed down himself before them, and burned incense unto them.
15 Wherefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah, and he sent unto him a
prophet, which said unto him, Why hast thou sought after the gods of the people, which
could not deliver their own people out of thine hand?
16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said unto him, Art thou made
of the king's counsel? forbear; why shouldest thou be smitten? Then the prophet forbare,
and said, I know that God hath determined to destroy thee,
- because thou hast done this, and hast not hearkened unto my counsel.
17 Then Amaziah king of Judah took advice, and sent to Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, the son
of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us see one another in the face.
18 And Joash 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.
19 Thou sayest, Lo, thou hast smitten the Edomites; and thine heart lifteth thee up to
boast: abide now at home; why shouldest thou meddle to thine hurt, that thou shouldest
fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?
20 But Amaziah would not hear; for it came of God, that he might deliver them into the
hand of their enemies, because they sought after the gods of Edom.
21 So Joash the king of Israel went up; and they saw one another in the face, both he and
Amaziah king of Judah, at Bethshemesh, which belongeth to Judah.
22 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled every man to his tent.
23 And Joash the king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of
Jehoahaz, at Bethshemesh, and brought him to Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of
Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits.
24 And he took all the gold and the silver, and all the vessels that were found in the
house of God with Obededom, and the treasures of the king's house, the hostages also, and
returned to Samaria.
25 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Joash son of
Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.
26 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first and last, behold, are they not written in
the book of the kings of Judah and Israel?
27 Now after the time that Amaziah did turn away from following the LORD they made a
conspiracy against him in Jerusalem; and he fled to Lachish: but they sent to Lachish
after him, and slew him there.
28 And they brought him upon horses, and buried him with his fathers in the city of Judah.
- Chapter 26
- 1 Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him
king in the room of his father Amaziah.
2 He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.
3 Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years
in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.
4 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his
father Amaziah did.
5 And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God:
and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.
6 And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and brake down the wall of Gath,
and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod, and built cities about Ashdod, and among
7 And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in
Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.
8 And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and his name spread abroad even to the entering
in of Egypt; for he strengthened himself exceedingly.
9 Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, and at the valley gate,
and at the turning of the wall, and fortified them.
10 Also he built towers in the desert, and digged many wells: for he had much cattle, both
in the low country, and in the plains: husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the
mountains, and in Carmel: for he loved husbandry.
11 Moreover Uzziah had an host of fighting men, that went out to war by bands, according
to the number of their account by the hand of Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the ruler,
under the hand of Hananiah, one of the king's captains.
12 The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour were two
thousand and six hundred.
13 And under their hand was an army, three hundred thousand and seven thousand and five
hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy.
14 And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears, and helmets,
and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones.
15 And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon
the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for
he was marvellously helped, till he was strong.
16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed
against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the
altar of incense.
17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the LORD,
that were valiant men:
18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee,
Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are
consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed;
shall it be for thine honour from the LORD God.
19 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was
wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the
house of the LORD, from beside the incense altar.
20 And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him, and, behold, he was
leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to
go out, because the LORD had smitten him.
21 And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several
house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the LORD: and Jotham his son
was over the king's house, judging the people of the land.
22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the prophet, the son of
23 So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of
the burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son
reigned in his stead.
- Chapter 27
- 1 Jotham was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen
years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Jerushah, the daughter of Zadok.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his
father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did
3 He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.
4 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles
5 He fought also with the king of the Ammonites, and prevailed against them. And the
children of Ammon gave him the same year an hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand
measures of wheat, and ten thousand of barley.
- So much did the children of Ammon pay unto
him, both the second year, and the third.
6 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God.
7 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars, and his ways, lo, they are written
in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.
8 He was five and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in
9 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Ahaz
his son reigned in his stead.
- Chapter 28
- 1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in
Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his
2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten images for
3 Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in
the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the
children of Israel.
4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under
every green tree.
5 Wherefore the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they
smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to
Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel,
- who smote him
with a great slaughter.
6 For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day,
which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.
7 And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the king's son, and Azrikam the
governor of the house, and Elkanah that was next to the king.
8 And the children of Israel carried away captive of their brethren two hundred thousand,
women, sons, and daughters, and took also away much spoil from them, and brought the spoil
9 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded: and he went out before the
host that came to Samaria, and said unto them, Behold, because the LORD God of your
fathers was wroth with Judah, he hath delivered them into your hand,
- and ye have slain them in a rage that reacheth up unto heaven.
10 And now ye purpose to keep under the children of Judah and Jerusalem for bondmen and
bondwomen unto you: but are there not with you, even with you, sins against the LORD your
11 Now hear me therefore, and deliver the captives again, which ye have taken captive of
your brethren: for the fierce wrath of the LORD is upon you.
12 Then certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah the son of Johanan,
Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, and Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of
Hadlai, stood up against them that came from the war,
13 And said unto them, Ye shall not bring in the captives hither: for whereas we have
offended against the LORD already, ye intend to add more to our sins and to our trespass:
for our trespass is great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel.
14 So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the princes and all the
15 And the men which were expressed by name rose up, and took the captives, and with the
spoil clothed all that were naked among them, and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave
them to eat and to drink, and anointed them,
- and carried all the feeble of them upon
asses, and brought them to Jericho, the city of palm trees, to their brethren: then they
returned to Samaria.
16 At that time did king Ahaz send unto the kings of Assyria to help him.
17 For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah, and carried away captives.
18 The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the low country, and of the south of
Judah, and had taken Bethshemesh, and Ajalon, and Gederoth, and Shocho with the villages
thereof, and Timnah with the villages thereof,
- Gimzo also and the villages thereof: and
they dwelt there.
19 For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked,
and transgressed sore against the LORD.
20 And Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria came unto him, and distressed him, but strengthened
21 For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of the LORD, and out of the house of the
king, and of the princes, and gave it unto the king of Assyria: but he helped him not.
22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the LORD: this is that
23 For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he said, Because the
gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may
help me. But they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.
24 And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces the
vessels of the house of God, and shut up the doors of the house of the LORD, and he made
him altars in every corner of Jerusalem.
25 And in every several city of Judah he made high places to burn incense unto other gods,
and provoked to anger the LORD God of his fathers.
26 Now the rest of his acts and of all his ways, first and last, behold, they are written
in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
27 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, even in Jerusalem:
but they brought him not into the sepulchres of the kings of Israel: and Hezekiah his son
reigned in his stead.
- Chapter 29
- 1 Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old, and he reigned nine
and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Abijah, the daughter of
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David
his father had done.
3 He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of
the LORD, and repaired them.
4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east
5 And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house
of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.
6 For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD
our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of
the LORD, and turned their backs.
7 Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not
burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the holy place unto the God of Israel.
8 Wherefore the wrath of the LORD was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath delivered them
to trouble, to astonishment, and to hissing, as ye see with your eyes.
9 For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our
wives are in captivity for this.
10 Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce
wrath may turn away from us.
11 My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD hath chosen you to stand before him, to
serve him, and that ye should minister unto him, and burn incense.
12 Then the Levites arose, Mahath the son of Amasai, and Joel the son of Azariah, of the
sons of the Kohathites: and of the sons of Merari, Kish the son of Abdi, and Azariah the
son of Jehalelel: and of the Gershonites; Joah the son of Zimmah,
- and Eden the son of Joah:
13 And of the sons of Elizaphan; Shimri, and Jeiel: and of the sons of Asaph; Zechariah,
14 And of the sons of Heman; Jehiel, and Shimei: and of the sons of Jeduthun; Shemaiah,
15 And they gathered their brethren, and sanctified themselves, and came, according to the
commandment of the king, by the words of the LORD, to cleanse the house of the LORD.
16 And the priests went into the inner part of the house of the LORD, to cleanse it, and
brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the LORD into the court
of the house of the LORD. And the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad
- into the brook Kidron.
- 17 Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and on the eighth day
of the month came they to the porch of the LORD: so they sanctified the house of the LORD
in eight days; and in the sixteenth day of the first month they made an end.
18 Then they went in to Hezekiah the king, and said, We have cleansed all the house of the
LORD, and the altar of burnt offering, with all the vessels thereof, and the showbread
table, with all the vessels thereof.
19 Moreover all the vessels, which king Ahaz in his reign did cast away in his
transgression, have we prepared and sanctified, and, behold, they are before the altar of
20 Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of the city, and went up to
the house of the LORD.
21 And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven he goats,
for a sin offering for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he commanded
the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the LORD.
22 So they killed the bullocks, and the priests received the blood, and sprinkled it on
the altar: likewise, when they had killed the rams, they sprinkled the blood upon the
altar: they killed also the lambs, and they sprinkled the blood upon the altar.
23 And they brought forth the he goats for the sin offering before the king and the
congregation; and they laid their hands upon them:
24 And the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the
altar, to make an atonement for all Israel: for the king commanded that the burnt offering
and the sin offering should be made for all Israel.
25 And he set the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with psalteries, and with
harps, according to the commandment of David, and of Gad the king's seer, and Nathan the
prophet: for so was the commandment of the LORD by his prophets.
26 And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.
27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar. And when the burnt
offering began, the song of the LORD began also with the trumpets, and with the
instruments ordained by David king of Israel.
28 And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded:
and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.
29 And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all that were present with him
bowed themselves, and worshipped.
30 Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise unto
the LORD with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with
gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.
31 Then Hezekiah answered and said, Now ye have consecrated yourselves unto the LORD, come
near and bring sacrifices and thank offerings into the house of the LORD. And the
congregation brought in sacrifices and thank offerings;
- and as many as were of a free heart burnt offerings.
32 And the number of the burnt offerings, which the congregation brought, was threescore
and ten bullocks, an hundred rams, and two hundred lambs: all these were for a burnt
offering to the LORD.
33 And the consecrated things were six hundred oxen and three thousand sheep.
34 But the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the burnt offerings:
wherefore their brethren the Levites did help them, till the work was ended, and until the
other priests had sanctified themselves: for the Levites were more upright in
- heart to
sanctify themselves than the priests.
35 And also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peace offerings,
and the drink offerings for every burnt offering. So the service of the house of the LORD
was set in order.
36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the
thing was done suddenly.
- Chapter 30
- 1 And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and
Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel.
2 For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the congregation in Jerusalem,
to keep the passover in the second month.
3 For they could not keep it at that time, because the priests had not sanctified
themselves sufficiently, neither had the people gathered themselves together to Jerusalem.
4 And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation.
5 So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba
even to Dan, that they should come to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel at
Jerusalem: for they had not done it of a long time in such sort as it was written.
6 So the posts went with the letters from the king and his princes throughout all Israel
and Judah, and according to the commandment of the king, saying, Ye children of Israel,
turn again unto the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel,
- and he will return to the
remnant of you, that are escaped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria.
7 And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which trespassed against the
LORD God of their fathers, who therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye see.
8 Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the LORD, and
enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God,
that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.
9 For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your children shall find
compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this
land: for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn
- away his face from
you, if ye return unto him.
10 So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh even
unto Zebulun: but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them.
11 Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves, and came
12 Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do the commandment of the
king and of the princes, by the word of the LORD.
13 And there assembled at Jerusalem much people to keep the feast of unleavened bread in
the second month, a very great congregation.
14 And they arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and all the altars for
incense took they away, and cast them into the brook Kidron.
15 Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the second month: and the
priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt
offerings into the house of the LORD.
16 And they stood in their place after their manner, according to the law of Moses the man
of God: the priests sprinkled the blood, which they received of the hand of the Levites.
17 For there were many in the congregation that were not sanctified: therefore the Levites
had the charge of the killing of the passovers for every one that was not clean, to
sanctify them unto the LORD.
18 For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issachar, and
Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the passover otherwise than it was
written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good LORD pardon every one
19 That prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he be not
cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.
20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.
21 And the children of Israel that were present at Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened
bread seven days with great gladness: and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day
by day, singing with loud instruments unto the LORD.
22 And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites that taught the good knowledge of
the LORD: and they did eat throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings, and
making confession to the LORD God of their fathers.
23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days: and they kept other seven
days with gladness.
24 For Hezekiah king of Judah did give to the congregation a thousand bullocks and seven
thousand sheep; and the princes gave to the congregation a thousand bullocks and ten
thousand sheep: and a great number of priests sanctified themselves.
25 And all the congregation of Judah, with the priests and the Levites, and all the
congregation that came out of Israel, and the strangers that came out of the land of
Israel, and that dwelt in Judah, rejoiced.
26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem: for since the time of Solomon the son of David
king of Israel there was not the like in Jerusalem.
27 Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard,
and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven.
- Chapter 31
- 1 Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the cities
of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the high
places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin,
- in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man
to his possession, into their own cities.
2 And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the priests and the Levites after their courses,
every man according to his service, the priests and Levites for burnt offerings and for
peace offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates
- of the tents
of the LORD.
3 He appointed also the king's portion of his substance for the burnt offerings, to wit,
for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths, and
for the new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in the law of the LORD.
4 Moreover he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion of the
priests and the Levites, that they might be encouraged in the law of the LORD.
5 And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance
the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field;
and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.
6 And concerning the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they
also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe of holy things which were
consecrated unto the LORD their God, and laid them by heaps.
7 In the third month they began to lay the foundation of the heaps, and finished them in
the seventh month.
8 And when Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed the LORD, and his
9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps.
10 And Azariah the chief priest of the house of Zadok answered him, and said, Since the
people began to bring the offerings into the house of the LORD, we have had enough to eat,
and have left plenty: for the LORD hath blessed his people;
- and that which is left is this
11 Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of the LORD; and they prepared
12 And brought in the offerings and the tithes and the dedicated things faithfully: over
which Cononiah the Levite was ruler, and Shimei his brother was the next.
13 And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and Asahel, and Jerimoth, and Jozabad, and Eliel,
and Ismachiah, and Mahath, and Benaiah, were overseers under the hand of Cononiah and
Shimei his brother, at the commandment of Hezekiah the king,
- and Azariah the ruler of the
house of God.
14 And Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the porter toward the east, was over the freewill
offerings of God, to distribute the oblations of the LORD, and the most holy things.
15 And next him were Eden, and Miniamin, and Jeshua, and Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shecaniah,
in the cities of the priests, in their set office, to give to their brethren by courses,
as well to the great as to the small:
16 Beside their genealogy of males, from three years old and upward, even unto every one
that entereth into the house of the LORD, his daily portion for their service in their
charges according to their courses;
17 Both to the genealogy of the priests by the house of their fathers, and the Levites
from twenty years old and upward, in their charges by their courses;
18 And to the genealogy of all their little ones, their wives, and their sons, and their
daughters, through all the congregation: for in their set office they sanctified
themselves in holiness:
19 Also of the sons of Aaron the priests, which were in the fields of the suburbs of their
cities, in every several city, the men that were expressed by name, to give portions to
all the males among the priests, and to all that were reckoned by
- genealogies among the Levites.
20 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right
and truth before the LORD his God.
21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and
in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.
- Chapter 32
- 1 After these things, and the establishment thereof, Sennacherib king of Assyria came,
and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities, and thought to win them
2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to fight
3 He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters of the fountains
which were without the city: and they did help him.
4 So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the fountains, and the brook
that ran through the midst of the land, saying, Why should the kings of Assyria come, and
find much water?
5 Also he strengthened himself, and built up all the wall that was broken, and raised it
up to the towers, and another wall without, and repaired Millo in the city of David, and
made darts and shields in abundance.
6 And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the
street of the gate of the city, and spake comfortably to them, saying,
7 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for
all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him:
8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight
our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
9 After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants to Jerusalem, (but he
himself laid siege against Lachish, and all his power with him,) unto Hezekiah king of
Judah, and unto all Judah that were at Jerusalem, saying,
10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide in the siege
11 Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die by famine and by thirst,
saying, The LORD our God shall deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
12 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his altars, and commanded
Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it?
13 Know ye not what I and my fathers have done unto all the people of other lands? were
the gods of the nations of those lands any ways able to deliver their lands out of mine
14 Who was there among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed,
that could deliver his people out of mine hand, that your God should be able to deliver
you out of mine hand?
15 Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you on this manner, neither
yet believe him: for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of
mine hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: how much less
- shall your God deliver you out
of mine hand?
16 And his servants spake yet more against the LORD God, and against his servant Hezekiah.
17 He wrote also letters to rail on the LORD God of Israel, and to speak against him,
saying, As the gods of the nations of other lands have not delivered their people out of
mine hand, so shall not the God of Hezekiah deliver his people out of mine hand.
18 Then they cried with a loud voice in the Jews' speech unto the people of Jerusalem that
were on the wall, to affright them, and to trouble them; that they might take the city.
19 And they spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the
earth, which were the work of the hands of man.
20 And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed
and cried to heaven.
21 And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders
and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his
own land. And when he was come into the house of his god,
- they that came forth of his own
bowels slew him there with the sword.
22 Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of
Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other, and guided them on every
23 And many brought gifts unto the LORD to Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekiah king of
Judah: so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations from thenceforth.
24 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the LORD: and he spake
unto him, and he gave him a sign.
25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart
was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.
26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of
27 And Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honour: and he made himself treasuries for
silver, and for gold, and for precious stones, and for spices, and for shields, and for
all manner of pleasant jewels;
28 Storehouses also for the increase of corn, and wine, and oil; and stalls for all manner
of beasts, and cotes for flocks.
29 Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance: for
God had given him substance very much.
30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought it straight
down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.
31 Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him
to inquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he
might know all that was in his heart.
32 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his goodness, behold, they are written in the
vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, and in the book of the kings of Judah and
33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the chiefest of the
sepulchres of the sons of David: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him
honour at his death. And Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.
- Chapter 33
- 1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five
years in Jerusalem:
2 But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like unto the abominations of the
heathen, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.
3 For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down, and he
reared up altars for Baalim, and made groves, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and
4 Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the LORD had said, In Jerusalem
shall my name be for ever.
5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the
6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom:
also he observed times, and used enchantments,
- and used witchcraft, and dealt with a
familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to
provoke him to anger.
7 And he set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the house of God, of which God
had said to David and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have
chosen before all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:
8 Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the land which I have
appointed for your fathers; so that they will take heed to do all that I have commanded
them, according to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses.
9 So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the
heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel.
10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken.
11 Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria,
which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to
12 And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself
greatly before the God of his fathers,
13 And prayed unto him: and he was entreated of him, and heard his supplication, and
brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was
14 Now after this he built a wall without the city of David, on the west side of Gihon, in
the valley, even to the entering in at the fish gate, and compassed about Ophel, and
raised it up a very great height, and put captains of war in all the fenced cities of
15 And he took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the house of the LORD, and all
the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the LORD, and in Jerusalem, and
cast them out of the city.
16 And he repaired the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed thereon peace offerings and thank
offerings, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel.
17 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high places, yet unto the LORD their
18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer unto his God, and the words of the
seers that spake to him in the name of the LORD God of Israel, behold, they are written in
the book of the kings of Israel.
19 His prayer also, and how God was entreated of him, and all his sin, and his trespass,
and the places wherein he built high places, and set up groves and graven images, before
he was humbled: behold, they are written among the sayings of the seers.
20 So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house: and Amon his
son reigned in his stead.
21 Amon was two and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned two years in
22 But he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as did Manasseh his father:
for Amon sacrificed unto all the carved images which Manasseh his father had made, and
23 And humbled not himself before the LORD, as Manasseh his father had humbled himself;
but Amon trespassed more and more.
24 And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his own house.
25 But 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.
- Chapter 34
- 1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one
and thirty years.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of
David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.
3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the
God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem
from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.
4 And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the images, that were on
high above them, he cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten
images, he brake in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it
- upon the graves of them
that had sacrificed unto them.
5 And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and cleansed Judah and
6 And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali,
with their mattocks round about.
7 And when he had broken down the altars and the groves, and had beaten the graven images
into powder, and cut down all the idols throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to
8 Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land, and the house, he
sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son
of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his God.
9 And when they came to Hilkiah the high priest, they delivered the money that was brought
into the house of God, which the Levites that kept the doors had gathered of the hand of
Manasseh and Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel,
- and of all Judah and Benjamin; and
they returned to Jerusalem.
10 And they put it in the hand of the workmen that had the oversight of the house of the
LORD, and they gave it to the workmen that wrought in the house of the LORD, to repair and
amend the house:
11 Even to the artificers and builders gave they it, to buy hewn stone, and timber for
couplings, and to floor the houses which the kings of Judah had destroyed.
12 And the men did the work faithfully: and the overseers of them were Jahath and Obadiah,
the Levites, of the sons of Merari; and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the
Kohathites, to set it forward; and other of the Levites,
- all that could skill of
instruments of music.
13 Also they were over the bearers of burdens, and were overseers of all that wrought the
work in any manner of service: and of the Levites there were scribes, and officers, and
14 And when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the LORD,
Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of the LORD given by Moses.
15 And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law
in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan.
16 And Shaphan carried the book to the king, and brought the king word back again, saying,
All that was committed to thy servants, they do it.
17 And they have gathered together the money that was found in the house of the LORD, and
have delivered it into the hand of the overseers, and to the hand of the workmen.
18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath given me a book.
And Shaphan read it before the king.
19 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the law, that he rent his
20 And the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Abdon the son of
Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king's, saying,
21 Go, inquire of the LORD for me, and for them that are left in Israel and in Judah,
concerning the words of the book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is
poured out upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD,
- to do after
all that is written in this book.
22 And Hilkiah, and they that the king had appointed, went to Huldah the prophetess, the
wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she
dwelt in Jerusalem in the college:) and they spake to her to that effect.
23 And she answered them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell ye the man that sent you
24 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the
inhabitants thereof, even all the curses that are written in the book which they have read
before the king of Judah:
25 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 poured
out upon this place, and shall not be quenched.
26 And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the LORD, so shall ye say unto
him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel concerning the words which thou hast heard;
27 Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou
heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst
thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me;
- I have even heard thee
also, saith the LORD.
28 Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in
peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I will bring upon this place, and
upon the inhabitants of the same. So they brought the king word again.
29 Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem.
30 And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the men of Judah, and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests, and the Levites, and all the people, great and
small: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant
- that was found
in the house of the LORD.
31 And the king stood in his place, 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 his
heart, and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant
- which are written in
32 And he caused all that were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand to it. And the
inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.
33 And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that pertained to
the children of Israel, and made all that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve
the LORD their God. And all his days they departed not from following the LORD,
- the God of
- Chapter 35
- 1 Moreover Josiah kept a passover unto the LORD in Jerusalem: and they killed the
passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.
2 And he set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them to the service of the house
of the LORD,
3 And said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy unto the LORD, Put the
holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David king of Israel did build; it shall
not be a burden upon your shoulders: serve now the LORD your God,
- and his people Israel,
4 And prepare yourselves by the houses of your fathers, after your courses, according to
the writing of David king of Israel, and according to the writing of Solomon his son.
5 And stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the families of the fathers of
your brethren the people, and after the division of the families of the Levites.
6 So kill the passover, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare your brethren, that they may
do according to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses.
7 And Josiah gave to the people, of the flock, lambs and kids, all for the passover
offerings, for all that were present, to the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand
bullocks: these were of the king's substance.
8 And his princes gave willingly unto the people, to the priests, and to the Levites:
Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel, rulers of the house of God, gave unto the priests for
the passover offerings two thousand and six hundred small cattle, and three hundred oxen.
9 Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Nethaneel, his brethren, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and
Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave unto the Levites for passover offerings five thousand
small cattle, and five hundred oxen.
10 So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their place, and the Levites in
their courses, according to the king's commandment.
11 And they killed the passover, and the priests sprinkled the blood from their hands, and
the Levites flayed them.
12 And they removed the burnt offerings, that they might give according to the divisions
of the families of the people, to offer unto the LORD, as it is written in the book of
Moses. And so did they with the oxen.
13 And they roasted the passover with fire according to the ordinance: but the other holy
offerings sod they in pots, and in caldrons, and in pans, and divided them speedily among
all the people.
14 And afterward they made ready for themselves, and for the priests: because the priests
the sons of Aaron were busied in offering of burnt offerings and the fat until night;
therefore the Levites prepared for themselves, and for the priests the sons of Aaron.
15 And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place, according to the commandment of
David, and Asaph, and Heman, and Jeduthun the king's seer; and the porters waited at every
gate; they might not depart from their service;
- for their brethren the Levites prepared
16 So all the service of the LORD was prepared the same day, to keep the passover, and to
offer burnt offerings upon the altar of the LORD, according to the commandment of king
17 And the children of Israel that were present kept the passover at that time, and the
feast of unleavened bread seven days.
18 And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the
prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept, and the
priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present,
- and the inhabitants
19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah was this passover kept.
20 After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to
fight against Charchemish by Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him.
21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of
Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for
God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God,
- who is with me, that
he destroy thee not.
22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he
might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and
came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.
23 And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his servants, Have me away;
for I am sore wounded.
24 His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in the second chariot
that he had; and they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried in one of the
sepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.
25 And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and the singing women spake
of Josiah in their lamentations to this day, and made them an ordinance in Israel: and,
behold, they are written in the lamentations.
26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and his goodness, according to that which was
written in the law of the LORD,
27 And his deeds, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of
Israel and Judah.
- Chapter 36
- 1 Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his
father's stead in Jerusalem.
2 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three
months in Jerusalem.
3 And the king of Egypt put him down at Jerusalem, and condemned the land in an hundred
talents of silver and a talent of gold.
4 And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem, and turned
his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho took Jehoahaz his brother, and carried him to Egypt.
5 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven
years in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God.
6 Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and bound him in fetters, to carry
him to Babylon.
7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of the LORD to Babylon, and put
them in his temple at Babylon.
8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations which he did, and that which
was found in him, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah:
and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead.
9 Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and
ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.
10 And when the year was expired, king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and brought him to Babylon,
with the goodly vessels of the house of the LORD, and made Zedekiah his brother king over
Judah and Jerusalem.
11 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years
12 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and humbled not
himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of the LORD.
13 And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God: but he
stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto the LORD God of Israel.
14 Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all
the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed
15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes,
and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:
16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his
prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.
17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with
the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden,
old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand.
18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the
house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought
19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all
the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.
20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were
servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:
21 To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her
sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten
22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD spoken by the
mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of
Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom,
- and put it also in
23 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of
heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in
Judah. Who is there among you of all his people?
- The LORD his God be with him, and let him