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Book 12 2 Kings
12:001:001 Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.
12:001:002 And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber
that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and
said unto them, Go, enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron
whether I shall recover of this disease.
12:001:003 But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise,
go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say
unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel,
that ye go to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron?
12:001:004 Now therefore thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not come down
from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
And Elijah departed.
12:001:005 And when the messengers turned back unto him, he said unto
them, Why are ye now turned back?
12:001:006 And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and
said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and
say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Is it not because there is
not a God in Israel, that thou sendest to enquire of Baalzebub
the god of Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come down from that
bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
12:001:007 And he said unto them, What manner of man was he which came up
to meet you, and told you these words?
12:001:008 And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a
girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah
12:001:009 Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty.
And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an
hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath
said, Come down.
12:001:010 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be
a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume
thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and
consumed him and his fifty.
12:001:011 Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his
fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus
hath the king said, Come down quickly.
12:001:012 And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God,
let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy
fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed
him and his fifty.
12:001:013 And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty.
And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on
his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him,
O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these
fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight.
12:001:014 Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two
captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore
let my life now be precious in thy sight.
12:001:015 And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, Go down with him:
be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him
unto the king.
12:001:016 And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou
hast sent messengers to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron,
is it not because there is no God in Israel to enquire of his
word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which
thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
12:001:017 So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had
spoken. And Jehoram reigned in his stead in the second year of
Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah; because he had
12:001:018 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah which he did, are they not
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
12:002:001 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into
heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from
12:002:002 And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the
LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the
LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So
they went down to Bethel.
12:002:003 And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to
Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will
take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I
know it; hold ye your peace.
12:002:004 And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for
the LORD hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD
liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they
came to Jericho.
12:002:005 And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to
Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will
take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered,
Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.
12:002:006 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the
LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD liveth,
and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two
12:002:007 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to
view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.
12:002:008 And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote
the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that
they two went over on dry ground.
12:002:009 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah
said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be
taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a
double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
12:002:010 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if
thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto
thee; but if not, it shall not be so.
12:002:011 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that,
behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire,
and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a
whirlwind into heaven.
12:002:012 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the
chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no
more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in
12:002:013 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and
went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;
12:002:014 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote
the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and
when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and
thither: and Elisha went over.
12:002:015 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at
Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on
Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the
ground before him.
12:002:016 And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants
fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy
master: lest peradventure the Spirit of the LORD hath taken
him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley.
And he said, Ye shall not send.
12:002:017 And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send.
They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but
found him not.
12:002:018 And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,)
he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not?
12:002:019 And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee,
the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but
the water is naught, and the ground barren.
12:002:020 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And
they brought it to him.
12:002:021 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the
salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed
these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or
12:002:022 So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the
saying of Elisha which he spake.
12:002:023 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up
by the way, there came forth little children out of the city,
and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go
up, thou bald head.
12:002:024 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the
name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of
the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.
12:002:025 And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he
returned to Samaria.
12:003:001 Now Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in
Samaria the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and
reigned twelve years.
12:003:002 And he wrought evil in the sight of the LORD; but not like his
father, and like his mother: for he put away the image of Baal
that his father had made.
12:003:003 Nevertheless he cleaved unto the sins of Jeroboam the son of
Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.
12:003:004 And Mesha king of Moab was a sheepmaster, and rendered unto
the king of Israel an hundred thousand lambs, and an hundred
thousand rams, with the wool.
12:003:005 But it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab
rebelled against the king of Israel.
12:003:006 And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and
numbered all Israel.
12:003:007 And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying,
The king of Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with
me against Moab to battle? And he said, I will go up: I am as
thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy
12:003:008 And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, The
way through the wilderness of Edom.
12:003:009 So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the
king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days'
journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the
cattle that followed them.
12:003:010 And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the LORD hath called
these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of
12:003:011 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD,
that we may enquire of the LORD by him? And one of the king of
Israel's servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of
Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.
12:003:012 And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the LORD is with him. So the
king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down
12:003:013 And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, What have I to do
with thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the
prophets of thy mother. And the king of Israel said unto him,
Nay: for the LORD hath called these three kings together, to
deliver them into the hand of Moab.
12:003:014 And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I
stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of
Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee,
nor see thee.
12:003:015 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the
minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.
12:003:016 And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of
12:003:017 For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall
ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that
ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.
12:003:018 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he
will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.
12:003:019 And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city,
and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water,
and mar every good piece of land with stones.
12:003:020 And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was
offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom,
and the country was filled with water.
12:003:021 And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come up to
fight against them, they gathered all that were able to put on
armour, and upward, and stood in the border.
12:003:022 And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon
the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as
red as blood:
12:003:023 And they said, This is blood: the kings are surely slain, and
they have smitten one another: now therefore, Moab, to the
12:003:024 And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose
up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but
they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country.
12:003:025 And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land
cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all
the wells of water, and felled all the good trees: only in
Kirharaseth left they the stones thereof; howbeit the slingers
went about it, and smote it.
12:003:026 And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for
him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to
break through even unto the king of Edom: but they could not.
12:003:027 Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his
stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And
there was great indignation against Israel: and they departed
from him, and returned to their own land.
12:004:001 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of
the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is
dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and
the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be
12:004:002 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me,
what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath
not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.
12:004:003 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy
neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
12:004:004 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee
and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels,
and thou shalt set aside that which is full.
12:004:005 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her
sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.
12:004:006 And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said
unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her,
There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.
12:004:007 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell
the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of
12:004:008 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was
a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it
was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat
12:004:009 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that
this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.
12:004:010 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and
let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and
a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he
shall turn in thither.
12:004:011 And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into
the chamber, and lay there.
12:004:012 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And
when he had called her, she stood before him.
12:004:013 And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been
careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for
thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the
captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own
12:004:014 And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi
answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.
12:004:015 And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood
in the door.
12:004:016 And he said, About this season, according to the time of life,
thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man
of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid.
12:004:017 And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that
Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.
12:004:018 And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went
out to his father to the reapers.
12:004:019 And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to
a lad, Carry him to his mother.
12:004:020 And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he
sat on her knees till noon, and then died.
12:004:021 And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God,
and shut the door upon him, and went out.
12:004:022 And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray
thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may
run to the man of God, and come again.
12:004:023 And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is
neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well.
12:004:024 Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and
go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee.
12:004:025 So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And
it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he
said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite:
12:004:026 Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it
well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with
the child? And she answered, It is well:
12:004:027 And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught
him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And
the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed
within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not
12:004:028 Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say,
Do not deceive me?
12:004:029 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff
in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute
him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay
my staff upon the face of the child.
12:004:030 And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as
thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and
12:004:031 And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the
face of the child; but there was neither voice, nor hearing.
Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The
child is not awaked.
12:004:032 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was
dead, and laid upon his bed.
12:004:033 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and
prayed unto the LORD.
12:004:034 And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon
his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his
hands: and stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of
the child waxed warm.
12:004:035 Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went
up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed
seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
12:004:036 And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he
called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take
up thy son.
12:004:037 Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to
the ground, and took up her son, and went out.
12:004:038 And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the
land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him:
and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe
pottage for the sons of the prophets.
12:004:039 And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a
wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and
came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew
12:004:040 So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as
they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and
said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they
could not eat thereof.
12:004:041 But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and
he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there
was no harm in the pot.
12:004:042 And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of
God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and
full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto
the people, that they may eat.
12:004:043 And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an
hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may
eat: for thus saith the LORD, They shall eat, and shall leave
12:004:044 So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof,
according to the word of the LORD.
12:005:001 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a
great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the
LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty
man in valour, but he was a leper.
12:005:002 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought
away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she
waited on Naaman's wife.
12:005:003 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with
the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of
12:005:004 And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said
the maid that is of the land of Israel.
12:005:005 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a
letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with
him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold,
and ten changes of raiment.
12:005:006 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now
when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith
sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him
of his leprosy.
12:005:007 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the
letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill
and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover
a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see
how he seeketh a quarrel against me.
12:005:008 And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the
king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king,
saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now
to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.
12:005:009 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood
at the door of the house of Elisha.
12:005:010 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in
Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee,
and thou shalt be clean.
12:005:011 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I
thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on
the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the
place, and recover the leper.
12:005:012 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all
the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So
he turned and went away in a rage.
12:005:013 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My
father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing,
wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he
saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
12:005:014 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan,
according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came
again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
12:005:015 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and
came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know
that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now
therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.
12:005:016 But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will
receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.
12:005:017 And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given
to thy servant two mules' burden of earth? for thy servant
will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice
unto other gods, but unto the LORD.
12:005:018 In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant, that when my master
goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he
leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon:
when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon
thy servant in this thing.
12:005:019 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a
12:005:020 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said,
Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not
receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD
liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.
12:005:021 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him
running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet
him, and said, Is all well?
12:005:022 And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying,
Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two
young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee,
a talent of silver, and two changes of garments.
12:005:023 And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged
him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two
changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants;
and they bare them before him.
12:005:024 And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand,
and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and
12:005:025 But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said
unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant
went no whither.
12:005:026 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the
man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time
to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and
vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and
12:005:027 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and
unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a
leper as white as snow.
12:006:001 And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the
place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.
12:006:002 Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every
man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may
dwell. And he answered, Go ye.
12:006:003 And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy
servants. And he answered, I will go.
12:006:004 So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut
12:006:005 But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the
water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was
12:006:006 And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the
place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and
the iron did swim.
12:006:007 Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his
hand, and took it.
12:006:008 Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel
with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be
12:006:009 And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying,
Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the
Syrians are come down.
12:006:010 And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God
told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once
12:006:011 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for
this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them,
Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel?
12:006:012 And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but
Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of
Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.
12:006:013 And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch
him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.
12:006:014 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great
host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.
12:006:015 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and
gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with
horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my
master! how shall we do?
12:006:016 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more
than they that be with them.
12:006:017 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes,
that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young
man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses
and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
12:006:018 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD,
and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And
he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.
12:006:019 And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is
this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom
ye seek. But he led them to Samaria.
12:006:020 And it came to pass, when they were come into Samaria, that
Elisha said, LORD, open the eyes of these men, that they may
see. And the LORD opened their eyes, and they saw; and,
behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.
12:006:021 And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, when he saw them, My
father, shall I smite them? shall I smite them?
12:006:022 And he answered, Thou shalt not smite them: wouldest thou
smite those whom thou hast taken captive with thy sword and
with thy bow? set bread and water before them, that they may
eat and drink, and go to their master.
12:006:023 And he prepared great provision for them: and when they had
eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their
master. So the bands of Syria came no more into the land of
12:006:024 And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria
gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria.
12:006:025 And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they
besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces
of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for
five pieces of silver.
12:006:026 And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there
cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king.
12:006:027 And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help
thee? out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress?
12:006:028 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she
answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may
eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow.
12:006:029 So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on
the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath
hid her son.
12:006:030 And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the
woman, that he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the
wall, and the people looked, and, behold, he had sackcloth
within upon his flesh.
12:006:031 Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of
Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.
12:006:032 But Elisha sat in his house, and the elders sat with him; and
the king sent a man from before him: but ere the messenger
came to him, he said to the elders, See ye how this son of a
murderer hath sent to take away mine head? look, when the
messenger cometh, shut the door, and hold him fast at the
door: is not the sound of his master's feet behind him?
12:006:033 And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came
down unto him: and he said, Behold, this evil is of the LORD;
what should I wait for the LORD any longer?
12:007:001 Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the
LORD, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour
be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel,
in the gate of Samaria.
12:007:002 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of
God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in
heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt
see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
12:007:003 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the
gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we
12:007:004 If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in
the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we
die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of
the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they
kill us, we shall but die.
12:007:005 And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the
Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the
camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there.
12:007:006 For the LORD had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise
of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great
host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel
hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings
of the Egyptians, to come upon us.
12:007:007 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their
tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it
was, and fled for their life.
12:007:008 And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp,
they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried
thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and
came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence
also, and went and hid it.
12:007:009 Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a
day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till
the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now
therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's household.
12:007:010 So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and they
told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and,
behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but
horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they were.
12:007:011 And he called the porters; and they told it to the king's
12:007:012 And the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants, I
will now shew you what the Syrians have done to us. They know
that we be hungry; therefore are they gone out of the camp to
hide themselves in the field, saying, When they come out of
the city, we shall catch them alive, and get into the city.
12:007:013 And one of his servants answered and said, Let some take, I
pray thee, five of the horses that remain, which are left in
the city, (behold, they are as all the multitude of Israel
that are left in it: behold, I say, they are even as all the
multitude of the Israelites that are consumed:) and let us
send and see.
12:007:014 They took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent
after the host of the Syrians, saying, Go and see.
12:007:015 And they went after them unto Jordan: and, lo, all the way was
full of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away
in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the
12:007:016 And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians.
So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two
measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the
12:007:017 And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to
have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in
the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake
when the king came down to him.
12:007:018 And it came to pass as the man of God had spoken to the king,
saying, Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of
fine flour for a shekel, shall be to morrow about this time in
the gate of Samaria:
12:007:019 And that lord answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold,
if the LORD should make windows in heaven, might such a thing
be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes,
but shalt not eat thereof.
12:007:020 And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in
the gate, and he died.
12:008:001 Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to
life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and
sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the LORD hath
called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land
12:008:002 And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of
God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the
land of the Philistines seven years.
12:008:003 And it came to pass at the seven years' end, that the woman
returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went
forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land.
12:008:004 And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God,
saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha
12:008:005 And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had
restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose
son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house
and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is
the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.
12:008:006 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king
appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that
was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that
she left the land, even until now.
12:008:007 And Elisha came to Damascus; and Benhadad the king of Syria
was sick; and it was told him, saying, The man of God is come
12:008:008 And the king said unto Hazael, Take a present in thine hand,
and go, meet the man of God, and enquire of the LORD by him,
saying, Shall I recover of this disease?
12:008:009 So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even
of every good thing of Damascus, forty camels' burden, and
came and stood before him, and said, Thy son Benhadad king of
Syria hath sent me to thee, saying, Shall I recover of this
12:008:010 And Elisha said unto him, Go, say unto him, Thou mayest
certainly recover: howbeit the LORD hath shewed me that he
shall surely die.
12:008:011 And he settled his countenance stedfastly, until he was
ashamed: and the man of God wept.
12:008:012 And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord? And he answered, Because
I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel:
their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men
wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children,
and rip up their women with child.
12:008:013 And Hazael said, But what, is thy servant a dog, that he
should do this great thing? And Elisha answered, The LORD hath
shewed me that thou shalt be king over Syria.
12:008:014 So he departed from Elisha, and came to his master; who said
to him, What said Elisha to thee? And he answered, He told me
that thou shouldest surely recover.
12:008:015 And it came to pass on the morrow, that he took a thick cloth,
and dipped it in water, and spread it on his face, so that he
died: and Hazael reigned in his stead.
12:008:016 And in the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel,
Jehoshaphat being then king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Je
hoshaphat king of Judah began to reign.
12:008:017 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign; and he
reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
12:008:018 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as did the
house of Ahab: for the daughter of Ahab was his wife: and he
did evil in the sight of the LORD.
12:008:019 Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah for David his servant's
sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, and to his
12:008:020 In his days Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah, and
made a king over themselves.
12:008:021 So Joram went over to Zair, and all the chariots with him: and
he rose by night, and smote the Edomites which compassed him
about, and the captains of the chariots: and the people fled
into their tents.
12:008:022 Yet Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day.
Then Libnah revolted at the same time.
12:008:023 And the rest of the acts of Joram, and all that he did, are
they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
12:008:024 And Joram slept with his fathers, and was buried with his
fathers in the city of David: and Ahaziah his son reigned in
12:008:025 In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel
did Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah begin to reign.
12:008:026 Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign;
and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his mother's name
was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri king of Israel.
12:008:027 And he walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did evil in
the sight of the LORD, as did the house of Ahab: for he was
the son in law of the house of Ahab.
12:008:028 And he went with Joram the son of Ahab to the war against
Hazael king of Syria in Ramothgilead; and the Syrians wounded
12:008:029 And king Joram went back to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds
which the Syrians had given him at Ramah, when he fought
against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram
king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in
Jezreel, because he was sick.
12:009:001 And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the
prophets, and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this
box of oil in thine hand, and go to Ramothgilead:
12:009:002 And when thou comest thither, look out there Jehu the son of
Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise
up from among his brethren, and carry him to an inner chamber;
12:009:003 Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and say,
Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel.
Then open the door, and flee, and tarry not.
12:009:004 So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to
12:009:005 And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were
sitting; and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain. And
Jehu said, Unto which of all us? And he said, To thee, O
12:009:006 And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil
on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of
Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD,
even over Israel.
12:009:007 And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may
avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of
all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel.
12:009:008 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off
from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is
shut up and left in Israel:
12:009:009 And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam
the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of
12:009:010 And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and
there shall be none to bury her. And he opened the door, and
12:009:011 Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord: and one said
unto him, Is all well? wherefore came this mad fellow to thee?
And he said unto them, Ye know the man, and his communication.
12:009:012 And they said, It is false; tell us now. And he said, Thus and
thus spake he to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I have
anointed thee king over Israel.
12:009:013 Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, and put it
under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets,
saying, Jehu is king.
12:009:014 So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired
against Joram. (Now Joram had kept Ramothgilead, he and all
Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria.
12:009:015 But king Joram was returned to be healed in Jezreel of the
wounds which the Syrians had given him, when he fought with
Hazael king of Syria.) And Jehu said, If it be your minds,
then let none go forth nor escape out of the city to go to
tell it in Jezreel.
12:009:016 So Jehu rode in a chariot, and went to Jezreel; for Joram lay
there. And Ahaziah king of Judah was come down to see Joram.
12:009:017 And there stood a watchman on the tower in Jezreel, and he
spied the company of Jehu as he came, and said, I see a
company. And Joram said, Take an horseman, and send to meet
them, and let him say, Is it peace?
12:009:018 So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said, Thus
saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu said, What hast thou to
do with peace? turn thee behind me. And the watchman told,
saying, The messenger came to them, but he cometh not again.
12:009:019 Then he sent out a second on horseback, which came to them,
and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu answered,
What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind me.
12:009:020 And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and
cometh not again: and the driving is like the driving of Jehu
the son of Nimshi; for he driveth furiously.
12:009:021 And Joram said, Make ready. And his chariot was made ready.
And Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out,
each in his chariot, and they went out against Jehu, and met
him in the portion of Naboth the Jezreelite.
12:009:022 And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it
peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the
whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so
12:009:023 And Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah,
There is treachery, O Ahaziah.
12:009:024 And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram
between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he
sunk down in his chariot.
12:009:025 Then said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Take up, and cast him in
the portion of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite: for
remember how that, when I and thou rode together after Ahab
his father, the LORD laid this burden upon him;
12:009:026 Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the
blood of his sons, saith the LORD; and I will requite thee in
this plat, saith the LORD. Now therefore take and cast him
into the plat of ground, according to the word of the LORD.
12:009:027 But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the
way of the garden house. And Jehu followed after him, and
said, Smite him also in the chariot. And they did so at the
going up to Gur, which is by Ibleam. And he fled to Megiddo,
and died there.
12:009:028 And his servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and
buried him in his sepulchre with his fathers in the city of
12:009:029 And in the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab began
Ahaziah to reign over Judah.
12:009:030 And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and
she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a
12:009:031 And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace,
who slew his master?
12:009:032 And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on
my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three
12:009:033 And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some
of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and
he trode her under foot.
12:009:034 And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go,
see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king's
12:009:035 And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than
the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands.
12:009:036 Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is
the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the
Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the
flesh of Jezebel:
12:009:037 And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of
the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not
say, This is Jezebel.
12:010:001 And Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters,
and sent to Samaria, unto the rulers of Jezreel, to the
elders, and to them that brought up Ahab's children, saying,
12:010:002 Now as soon as this letter cometh to you, seeing your master's
sons are with you, and there are with you chariots and horses,
a fenced city also, and armour;
12:010:003 Look even out the best and meetest of your master's sons, and
set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's
12:010:004 But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, Behold, two kings
stood not before him: how then shall we stand?
12:010:005 And he that was over the house, and he that was over the city,
the elders also, and the bringers up of the children, sent to
Jehu, saying, We are thy servants, and will do all that thou
shalt bid us; we will not make any king: do thou that which is
good in thine eyes.
12:010:006 Then he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying, If ye
be mine, and if ye will hearken unto my voice, take ye the
heads of the men your master's sons, and come to me to Jezreel
by to morrow this time. Now the king's sons, being seventy
persons, were with the great men of the city, which brought
12:010:007 And it came to pass, when the letter came to them, that they
took the king's sons, and slew seventy persons, and put their
heads in baskets, and sent him them to Jezreel.
12:010:008 And there came a messenger, and told him, saying, They have
brought the heads of the king's sons. And he said, Lay ye them
in two heaps at the entering in of the gate until the morning.
12:010:009 And it came to pass in the morning, that he went out, and
stood, and said to all the people, Ye be righteous: behold, I
conspired against my master, and slew him: but who slew all
12:010:010 Know now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the
word of the LORD, which the LORD spake concerning the house of
Ahab: for the LORD hath done that which he spake by his
12:010:011 So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in
Jezreel, and all his great men, and his kinsfolks, and his
priests, until he left him none remaining.
12:010:012 And he arose and departed, and came to Samaria. And as he was
at the shearing house in the way,
12:010:013 Jehu met with the brethren of Ahaziah king of Judah, and said,
Who are ye? And they answered, We are the brethren of Ahaziah;
and we go down to salute the children of the king and the
children of the queen.
12:010:014 And he said, Take them alive. And they took them alive, and
slew them at the pit of the shearing house, even two and forty
men; neither left he any of them.
12:010:015 And when he was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the
son of Rechab coming to meet him: and he saluted him, and said
to him, Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart?
And Jehonadab answered, It is. If it be, give me thine hand.
And he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the
12:010:016 And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD. So
they made him ride in his chariot.
12:010:017 And when he came to Samaria, he slew all that remained unto
Ahab in Samaria, till he had destroyed him, according to the
saying of the LORD, which he spake to Elijah.
12:010:018 And Jehu gathered all the people together, and said unto them,
Ahab served Baal a little; but Jehu shall serve him much.
12:010:019 Now therefore call unto me all the prophets of Baal, all his
servants, and all his priests; let none be wanting: for I have
a great sacrifice to do to Baal; whosoever shall be wanting,
he shall not live. But Jehu did it in subtilty, to the intent
that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal.
12:010:020 And Jehu said, Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal. And they
12:010:021 And Jehu sent through all Israel: and all the worshippers of
Baal came, so that there was not a man left that came not. And
they came into the house of Baal; and the house of Baal was
full from one end to another.
12:010:022 And he said unto him that was over the vestry, Bring forth
vestments for all the worshippers of Baal. And he brought them
12:010:023 And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab, into the house
of Baal, and said unto the worshippers of Baal, Search, and
look that there be here with you none of the servants of the
LORD, but the worshippers of Baal only.
12:010:024 And when they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings,
Jehu appointed fourscore men without, and said, If any of the
men whom I have brought into your hands escape, he that
letteth him go, his life shall be for the life of him.
12:010:025 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of offering
the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the
captains, Go in, and slay them; let none come forth. And they
smote them with the edge of the sword; and the guard and the
captains cast them out, and went to the city of the house of
12:010:026 And they brought forth the images out of the house of Baal,
and burned them.
12:010:027 And they brake down the image of Baal, and brake down the
house of Baal, and made it a draught house unto this day.
12:010:028 Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.
12:010:029 Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made
Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the
golden calves that were in Bethel, and that were in Dan.
12:010:030 And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in
executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto
the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy
children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of
12:010:031 But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of
Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins
of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.
12:010:032 In those days the LORD began to cut Israel short: and Hazael
smote them in all the coasts of Israel;
12:010:033 From Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, and
the Reubenites, and the Manassites, from Aroer, which is by
the river Arnon, even Gilead and Bashan.
12:010:034 Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, and all that he did, and all
his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles
of the kings of Israel?
12:010:035 And Jehu slept with his fathers: and they buried him in
Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son reigned in his stead.
12:010:036 And the time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was
twenty and eight years.
12:011:001 And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was
dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.
12:011:002 But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah,
took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the
king's sons which were slain; and they hid him, even him and
his nurse, in the bedchamber from Athaliah, so that he was not
12:011:003 And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years.
And Athaliah did reign over the land.
12:011:004 And the seventh year Jehoiada sent and fetched the rulers over
hundreds, with the captains and the guard, and brought them to
him into the house of the LORD, and made a covenant with them,
and took an oath of them in the house of the LORD, and shewed
them the king's son.
12:011:005 And he commanded them, saying, This is the thing that ye shall
do; A third part of you that enter in on the sabbath shall
even be keepers of the watch of the king's house;
12:011:006 And a third part shall be at the gate of Sur; and a third part
at the gate behind the guard: so shall ye keep the watch of
the house, that it be not broken down.
12:011:007 And two parts of all you that go forth on the sabbath, even
they shall keep the watch of the house of the LORD about the
12:011:008 And ye shall compass the king round about, every man with his
weapons in his hand: and he that cometh within the ranges, let
him be slain: and be ye with the king as he goeth out and as
he cometh in.
12:011:009 And the captains over the hundreds did according to all things
that Jehoiada the priest commanded: and they took every man
his men that were to come in on the sabbath, with them that
should go out on the sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest.
12:011:010 And to the captains over hundreds did the priest give king
David's spears and shields, that were in the temple of the
12:011:011 And the guard stood, every man with his weapons in his hand,
round about the king, from the right corner of the temple to
the left corner of the temple, along by the altar and the
12:011:012 And he brought forth the king's son, and put the crown upon
him, and gave him the testimony; and they made him king, and
anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, God save
12:011:013 And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the
people, she came to the people into the temple of the LORD.
12:011:014 And when she looked, behold, the king stood by a pillar, as
the manner was, and the princes and the trumpeters by the
king, and all the people of the land rejoiced, and blew with
trumpets: and Athaliah rent her clothes, and cried, Treason,
12:011:015 But Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of the
hundreds, the officers of the host, and said unto them, Have
her forth without the ranges: and him that followeth her kill
with the sword. For the priest had said, Let her not be slain
in the house of the LORD.
12:011:016 And they laid hands on her; and she went by the way by the
which the horses came into the king's house: and there was she
12:011:017 And Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD and the king and
the people, that they should be the LORD's people; between the
king also and the people.
12:011:018 And all the people of the land went into the house of Baal,
and brake it down; his altars and his images brake they in
pieces thoroughly, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before
the altars. And the priest appointed officers over the house
of the LORD.
12:011:019 And he took the rulers over hundreds, and the captains, and
the guard, and all the people of the land; and they brought
down the king from the house of the LORD, and came by the way
of the gate of the guard to the king's house. And he sat on
the throne of the kings.
12:011:020 And all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was in
quiet: and they slew Athaliah with the sword beside the king's
12:011:021 Seven years old was Jehoash when he began to reign.
12:012:001 In the seventh year of Jehu Jehoash began to reign; and forty
years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was
Zibiah of Beersheba.
12:012:002 And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD
all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him.
12:012:003 But the high places were not taken away: the people still
sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.
12:012:004 And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the
dedicated things that is brought into the house of the LORD,
even the money of every one that passeth the account, the
money that every man is set at, and all the money that cometh
into any man's heart to bring into the house of the LORD,
12:012:005 Let the priests take it to them, every man of his
acquaintance: and let them repair the breaches of the house,
wheresoever any breach shall be found.
12:012:006 But it was so, that in the three and twentieth year of king
Jehoash the priests had not repaired the breaches of the
12:012:007 Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the
other priests, and said unto them, Why repair ye not the
breaches of the house? now therefore receive no more money of
your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the
12:012:008 And the priests consented to receive no more money of the
people, neither to repair the breaches of the house.
12:012:009 But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the
lid of it, and set it beside the altar, on the right side as
one cometh into the house of the LORD: and the priests that
kept the door put therein all the money that was brought into
the house of the LORD.
12:012:010 And it was so, when they saw that there was much money in the
chest, that the king's scribe and the high priest came up, and
they put up in bags, and told the money that was found in the
house of the LORD.
12:012:011 And they gave the money, being told, into the hands of them
that did the work, that had the oversight of the house of the
LORD: and they laid it out to the carpenters and builders,
that wrought upon the house of the LORD,
12:012:012 And to masons, and hewers of stone, and to buy timber and
hewed stone to repair the breaches of the house of the LORD,
and for all that was laid out for the house to repair it.
12:012:013 Howbeit there were not made for the house of the LORD bowls of
silver, snuffers, basons, trumpets, any vessels of gold, or
vessels of silver, of the money that was brought into the
house of the LORD:
12:012:014 But they gave that to the workmen, and repaired therewith the
house of the LORD.
12:012:015 Moreover they reckoned not with the men, into whose hand they
delivered the money to be bestowed on workmen: for they dealt
12:012:016 The trespass money and sin money was not brought into the
house of the LORD: it was the priests'.
12:012:017 Then Hazael king of Syria went up, and fought against Gath,
and took it: and Hazael set his face to go up to Jerusalem.
12:012:018 And Jehoash king of Judah took all the hallowed things that
Jehoshaphat, and Jehoram, and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of
Judah, had dedicated, and his own hallowed things, and all the
gold that was found in the treasures of the house of the LORD,
and in the king's house, and sent it to Hazael king of Syria:
and he went away from Jerusalem.
12:012:019 And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, are
they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
12:012:020 And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and slew Joash
in the house of Millo, which goeth down to Silla.
12:012:021 For Jozachar the son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad the son of
Shomer, his servants, smote him, and he died; and they buried
him with his fathers in the city of David: and Amaziah his son
reigned in his stead.
12:013:001 In the three and twentieth year of Joash the son of Ahaziah
king of Judah Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over
Israel in Samaria, and reigned seventeen years.
12:013:002 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, and
followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made
Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.
12:013:003 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he
delivered them into the hand of Hazael king of Syria, and into
the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael, all their days.
12:013:004 And Jehoahaz besought the LORD, and the LORD hearkened unto
him: for he saw the oppression of Israel, because the king of
Syria oppressed them.
12:013:005 (And the LORD gave Israel a saviour, so that they went out
from under the hand of the Syrians: and the children of Israel
dwelt in their tents, as beforetime.
12:013:006 Nevertheless they departed not from the sins of the house of
Jeroboam, who made Israel sin, but walked therein: and there
remained the grove also in Samaria.)
12:013:007 Neither did he leave of the people to Jehoahaz but fifty
horsemen, and ten chariots, and ten thousand footmen; for the
king of Syria had destroyed them, and had made them like the
dust by threshing.
12:013:008 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoahaz, and all that he did, and
his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles
of the kings of Israel?
12:013:009 And Jehoahaz slept with his fathers; and they buried him in
Samaria: and Joash his son reigned in his stead.
12:013:010 In the thirty and seventh year of Joash king of Judah began
Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz to reign over Israel in Samaria,
and reigned sixteen years.
12:013:011 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD; he
departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat,
who made Israel sin: but he walked therein.
12:013:012 And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, and
his might wherewith he fought against Amaziah king of Judah,
are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the
kings of Israel?
12:013:013 And Joash slept with his fathers; and Jeroboam sat upon his
throne: and Joash was buried in Samaria with the kings of
12:013:014 Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died.
And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over
his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of
Israel, and the horsemen thereof.
12:013:015 And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took
unto him bow and arrows.
12:013:016 And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the
bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands
upon the king's hands.
12:013:017 And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then
Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the
LORD's deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria:
for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have
12:013:018 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said
unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote
thrice, and stayed.
12:013:019 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou
shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou
smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou
shalt smite Syria but thrice.
12:013:020 And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the
Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year.
12:013:021 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold,
they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the
sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and
touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his
12:013:022 But Hazael king of Syria oppressed Israel all the days of
12:013:023 And the LORD was gracious unto them, and had compassion on
them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither
cast he them from his presence as yet.
12:013:024 So Hazael king of Syria died; and Benhadad his son reigned in
12:013:025 And Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz took again out of the hand of
Benhadad the son of Hazael the cities, which he had taken out
of the hand of Jehoahaz his father by war. Three times did
Joash beat him, and recovered the cities of Israel.
12:014:001 In the second year of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel
reigned Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah.
12:014:002 He was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and
reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother's
name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.
12:014:003 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, yet
not like David his father: he did according to all things as
Joash his father did.
12:014:004 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: as yet the people
did sacrifice and burnt incense on the high places.
12:014:005 And it came to pass, as soon as the kingdom was confirmed in
his hand, that he slew his servants which had slain the king
12:014:006 But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto
that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein
the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to
death for the children, nor the children be put to death for
the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own
12:014:007 He slew of Edom in the valley of salt ten thousand, and took
Selah by war, and called the name of it Joktheel unto this
12:014:008 Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz
son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us look one
another in the face.
12:014:009 And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah,
saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that
was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife:
and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and
trode down the thistle.
12:014:010 Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thine heart hath lifted
thee up: glory of this, and tarry at home: for why shouldest
thou meddle to thy hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou,
and Judah with thee?
12:014:011 But Amaziah would not hear. Therefore Jehoash king of Israel
went up; and he and Amaziah king of Judah looked one another
in the face at Bethshemesh, which belongeth to Judah.
12:014:012 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel; and they fled
every man to their tents.
12:014:013 And Jehoash king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son
of Jehoash the son of Ahaziah, at Bethshemesh, and came to
Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate
of Ephraim unto the corner gate, four hundred cubits.
12:014:014 And he took all the gold and silver, and all the vessels that
were found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of
the king's house, and hostages, and returned to Samaria.
12:014:015 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoash which he did, and his
might, and how he fought with Amaziah king of Judah, are they
not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
12:014:016 And Jehoash slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria
with the kings of Israel; and Jeroboam his son reigned in his
12:014:017 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the
death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.
12:014:018 And the rest of the acts of Amaziah, are they not written in
the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
12:014:019 Now they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem: and he
fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew
12:014:020 And they brought him on horses: and he was buried at Jerusalem
with his fathers in the city of David.
12:014:021 And all the people of Judah took Azariah, which was sixteen
years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah.
12:014:022 He built Elath, and restored it to Judah, after that the king
slept with his fathers.
12:014:023 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash king of
Judah Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel began to reign
in Samaria, and reigned forty and one years.
12:014:024 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he
departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat,
who made Israel to sin.
12:014:025 He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath
unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the LORD
God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant
Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of
12:014:026 For the LORD saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very
bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any
helper for Israel.
12:014:027 And the LORD said not that he would blot out the name of
Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of
Jeroboam the son of Joash.
12:014:028 Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, and all that he did, and
his might, how he warred, and how he recovered Damascus, and
Hamath, which belonged to Judah, for Israel, are they not
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
12:014:029 And Jeroboam slept with his fathers, even with the kings of
Israel; and Zachariah his son reigned in his stead.
12:015:001 In the twenty and seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel
began Azariah son of Amaziah king of Judah to reign.
12:015:002 Sixteen years old was he when he began to reign, and he
reigned two and fifty years in Jerusalem. And his mother's
name was Jecholiah of Jerusalem.
12:015:003 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that his father Amaziah had done;
12:015:004 Save that the high places were not removed: the people
sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.
12:015:005 And the LORD smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the
day of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the
king's son was over the house, judging the people of the land.
12:015:006 And the rest of the acts of Azariah, and all that he did, are
they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
12:015:007 So Azariah slept with his fathers; and they buried him with
his fathers in the city of David: and Jotham his son reigned
in his stead.
12:015:008 In the thirty and eighth year of Azariah king of Judah did
Zachariah the son of Jeroboam reign over Israel in Samaria six
12:015:009 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as
his fathers had done: he departed not from the sins of
Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
12:015:010 And Shallum the son of Jabesh conspired against him, and smote
him before the people, and slew him, and reigned in his stead.
12:015:011 And the rest of the acts of Zachariah, behold, they are
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.
12:015:012 This was the word of the LORD which he spake unto Jehu,
saying, Thy sons shall sit on the throne of Israel unto the
fourth generation. And so it came to pass.
12:015:013 Shallum the son of Jabesh began to reign in the nine and
thirtieth year of Uzziah king of Judah; and he reigned a full
month in Samaria.
12:015:014 For Menahem the son of Gadi went up from Tirzah, and came to
Samaria, and smote Shallum the son of Jabesh in Samaria, and
slew him, and reigned in his stead.
12:015:015 And the rest of the acts of Shallum, and his conspiracy which
he made, behold, they are written in the book of the
chronicles of the kings of Israel.
12:015:016 Then Menahem smote Tiphsah, and all that were therein, and the
coasts thereof from Tirzah: because they opened not to him,
therefore he smote it; and all the women therein that were
with child he ripped up.
12:015:017 In the nine and thirtieth year of Azariah king of Judah began
Menahem the son of Gadi to reign over Israel, and reigned ten
years in Samaria.
12:015:018 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he
departed not all his days from the sins of Jeroboam the son of
Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
12:015:019 And Pul the king of Assyria came against the land: and Menahem
gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that his hand might be
with him to confirm the kingdom in his hand.
12:015:020 And Menahem exacted the money of Israel, even of all the
mighty men of wealth, of each man fifty shekels of silver, to
give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned
back, and stayed not there in the land.
12:015:021 And the rest of the acts of Menahem, and all that he did, are
they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
12:015:022 And Menahem slept with his fathers; and Pekahiah his son
reigned in his stead.
12:015:023 In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekahiah the son
of Menahem began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned
12:015:024 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he
departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who
made Israel to sin.
12:015:025 But Pekah the son of Remaliah, a captain of his, conspired
against him, and smote him in Samaria, in the palace of the
king's house, with Argob and Arieh, and with him fifty men of
the Gileadites: and he killed him, and reigned in his room.
12:015:026 And the rest of the acts of Pekahiah, and all that he did,
behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the
kings of Israel.
12:015:027 In the two and fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekah
the son of Remaliah began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and
reigned twenty years.
12:015:028 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he
departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who
made Israel to sin.
12:015:029 In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglathpileser king
of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abelbethmaachah, and Janoah,
and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land
of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria.
12:015:030 And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the
son of Remaliah, and smote him, and slew him, and reigned in
his stead, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah.
12:015:031 And the rest of the acts of Pekah, and all that he did,
behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the
kings of Israel.
12:015:032 In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah king of Israel
began Jotham the son of Uzziah king of Judah to reign.
12:015:033 Five and twenty years old was he when he began to reign, and
he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name
was Jerusha, the daughter of Zadok.
12:015:034 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD: he
did according to all that his father Uzziah had done.
12:015:035 Howbeit the high places were not removed: the people
sacrificed and burned incense still in the high places. He
built the higher gate of the house of the LORD.
12:015:036 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all that he did, are
they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
12:015:037 In those days the LORD began to send against Judah Rezin the
king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah.
12:015:038 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and was buried with his
fathers in the city of David his father: and Ahaz his son
reigned in his stead.
12:016:001 In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the
son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign.
12:016:002 Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned
sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right
in the sight of the LORD his God, like David his father.
12:016:003 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made
his son to pass through the fire, according to the
abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from
before the children of Israel.
12:016:004 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on
the hills, and under every green tree.
12:016:005 Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of
Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz,
but could not overcome him.
12:016:006 At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and
drave the Jews from Elath: and the Syrians came to Elath, and
dwelt there unto this day.
12:016:007 So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglathpileser king of Assyria,
saying, I am thy servant and thy son: come up, and save me out
of the hand of the king of Syria, and out of the hand of the
king of Israel, which rise up against me.
12:016:008 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house
of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king's house, and
sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.
12:016:009 And the king of Assyria hearkened unto him: for the king of
Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the
people of it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin.
12:016:010 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of
Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz
sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the
pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof.
12:016:011 And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that
king Ahaz had sent from Damascus: so Urijah the priest made it
against king Ahaz came from Damascus.
12:016:012 And when the king was come from Damascus, the king saw the
altar: and the king approached to the altar, and offered
12:016:013 And he burnt his burnt offering and his meat offering, and
poured his drink offering, and sprinkled the blood of his
peace offerings, upon the altar.
12:016:014 And he brought also the brasen altar, which was before the
LORD, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar
and the house of the LORD, and put it on the north side of the
12:016:015 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, Upon the
great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening
meat offering, and the king's burnt sacrifice, and his meat
offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the
land, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings; and
sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt offering, and all
the blood of the sacrifice: and the brasen altar shall be for
me to enquire by.
12:016:016 Thus did Urijah the priest, according to all that king Ahaz
12:016:017 And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the bases, and removed
the laver from off them; and took down the sea from off the
brasen oxen that were under it, and put it upon the pavement
12:016:018 And the covert for the sabbath that they had built in the
house, and the king's entry without, turned he from the house
of the LORD for the king of Assyria.
12:016:019 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, are they not
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
12:016:020 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his
fathers in the city of David: and Hezekiah his son reigned in
12:017:001 In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son
of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years.
12:017:002 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, but
not as the kings of Israel that were before him.
12:017:003 Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea
became his servant, and gave him presents.
12:017:004 And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea: for he had
sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and brought no present to
the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore
the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison.
12:017:005 Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and
went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years.
12:017:006 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria,
and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah
and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the
12:017:007 For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against
the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land
of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and
had feared other gods,
12:017:008 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast
out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of
Israel, which they had made.
12:017:009 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were
not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high
places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to
the fenced city.
12:017:010 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and
under every green tree:
12:017:011 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did
the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and
wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger:
12:017:012 For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye
shall not do this thing.
12:017:013 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by
all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from
your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes,
according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and
which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.
12:017:014 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks,
like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the
LORD their God.
12:017:015 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made
with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified
against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and
went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning
whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like
12:017:016 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and
made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove,
and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.
12:017:017 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through
the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold
themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him
12:017:018 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed
them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of
12:017:019 Also Judah kept not the commandments of the LORD their God,
but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.
12:017:020 And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted
them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he
had cast them out of his sight.
12:017:021 For he rent Israel from the house of David; and they made
Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Israel from
following the LORD, and made them sin a great sin.
12:017:022 For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam
which he did; they departed not from them;
12:017:023 Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said
by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away
out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.
12:017:024 And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from
Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim,
and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the
children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in
the cities thereof.
12:017:025 And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that
they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among
them, which slew some of them.
12:017:026 Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria, saying, The
nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of
Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land: therefore
he hath sent lions among them, and, behold, they slay them,
because they know not the manner of the God of the land.
12:017:027 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one
of the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let them go
and dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of the God
of the land.
12:017:028 Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from
Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they
should fear the LORD.
12:017:029 Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in
the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made,
every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt.
12:017:030 And the men of Babylon made Succothbenoth, and the men of Cuth
made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima,
12:017:031 And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites
burnt their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech,
the gods of Sepharvaim.
12:017:032 So they feared the LORD, and made unto themselves of the
lowest of them priests of the high places, which sacrificed
for them in the houses of the high places.
12:017:033 They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the
manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.
12:017:034 Unto this day they do after the former manners: they fear not
the LORD, neither do they after their statutes, or after their
ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the LORD
commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel;
12:017:035 With whom the LORD had made a covenant, and charged them,
saying, Ye shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to
them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them:
12:017:036 But the LORD, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with
great power and a stretched out arm, him shall ye fear, and
him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice.
12:017:037 And the statutes, and the ordinances, and the law, and the
commandment, which he wrote for you, ye shall observe to do
for evermore; and ye shall not fear other gods.
12:017:038 And the covenant that I have made with you ye shall not
forget; neither shall ye fear other gods.
12:017:039 But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you
out of the hand of all your enemies.
12:017:040 Howbeit they did not hearken, but they did after their former
12:017:041 So these nations feared the LORD, and served their graven
images, both their children, and their children's children: as
did their fathers, so do they unto this day.
12:018:001 Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah
king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah
began to reign.
12:018:002 Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and
he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's
name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah.
12:018:003 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that David his father did.
12:018:004 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down
the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses
had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn
incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.
12:018:005 He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was
none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were
12:018:006 For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him,
but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.
12:018:007 And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he
went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and
served him not.
12:018:008 He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders
thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.
12:018:009 And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Hezekiah, which
was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel,
that Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against Samaria, and
12:018:010 And at the end of three years they took it: even in the sixth
year of Hezekiah, that is in the ninth year of Hoshea king of
Israel, Samaria was taken.
12:018:011 And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria,
and put them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and
in the cities of the Medes:
12:018:012 Because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD their God, but
transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of
the LORD commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them.
12:018:013 Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib
king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of
Judah, and took them.
12:018:014 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.
12:018:015 And Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the
house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king's house.
12:018:016 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
12:018:017 And the king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rabsaris and Rabshakeh
from Lachish to king Hezekiah with a great host against
Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. And when
they were come up, they came and stood by the conduit of the
upper pool, which is in the highway of the fuller's field.
12:018:018 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.
12:018:019 And Rabshakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus
saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is
this wherein thou trustest?
12:018:020 Thou sayest, (but they are but vain words,) I have counsel and
strength for the war. Now on whom dost thou trust, that thou
rebellest against me?
12:018:021 Now, behold, thou trustest upon the staff of this bruised
reed, even upon Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into
his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt unto all
that trust on him.
12:018:022 But if ye say unto me, We trust in the LORD our God: is not
that he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath
taken away, and hath said to Judah and Jerusalem, Ye shall
worship before this altar in Jerusalem?
12:018:023 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.
12:018:024 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?
12:018:025 Am I now come up without the LORD against this place to
destroy it? The LORD said to me, Go up against this land, and
12:018:026 Then said Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna, and Joah,
unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, to thy servants in the
Syrian language; for we understand it: and talk not with us in
the Jews' language in the ears of the people that are on the
12:018:027 But Rabshakeh said unto them, Hath my master sent me to thy
master, and to thee, to speak these words? hath he not sent me
to the men which sit on the wall, that they may eat their own
dung, and drink their own piss with you?
12:018:028 Then Rabshakeh stood and cried with a loud voice in the Jews'
language, and spake, saying, Hear the word of the great king,
the king of Assyria:
12:018:029 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he
shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand:
12:018:030 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.
12:018:031 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
12:018:032 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a
land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land
of oil olive and of honey, that ye may live, and not die: and
hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The
LORD will deliver us.
12:018:033 Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land
out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
12:018:034 Where are the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad? where are the gods
of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they delivered Samaria out
of mine hand?
12:018:035 Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have
delivered their country out of mine hand, that the LORD should
deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand?
12:018:036 But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word:
for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.
12:018:037 Then came Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the
household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph
the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told
him the words of Rabshakeh.
12:019:001 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent
his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into
the house of the LORD.
12:019:002 And he sent Eliakim, which was over the household, and Shebna
the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with
sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.
12:019:003 And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day
of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy; for the children are
come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.
12:019:004 It may be the LORD thy God will hear all the words of
Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to
reproach the living God; and will reprove the words which the
LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the
remnant that are left.
12:019:005 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
12:019:006 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master,
Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words which thou
hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria
have blasphemed me.
12:019:007 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a
rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him
to fall by the sword in his own land.
12:019:008 So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring
against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from
12:019:009 And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he
is come out to fight against thee: he sent messengers again
unto Hezekiah, saying,
12:019:010 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not
thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem
shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
12:019:011 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to
all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shalt thou be
12:019:012 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers
have destroyed; as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the
children of Eden which were in Thelasar?
12:019:013 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the
king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?
12:019:014 And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the
messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house
of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.
12:019:015 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of
Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the
God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou
hast made heaven and earth.
12:019:016 LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes,
and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent
him to reproach the living God.
12:019:017 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the
nations and their lands,
12:019:018 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods,
but the work of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore they
have destroyed them.
12:019:019 Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us
out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know
that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.
12:019:020 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus
saith the LORD God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to
me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.
12:019:021 This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The
virgin the daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and laughed
thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head
12:019:022 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom
hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high?
even against the Holy One of Israel.
12:019:023 By thy messengers thou hast reproached the LORD, and hast
said, With the multitude of my chariots I am come up to the
height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut
down the tall cedar trees thereof, and the choice fir trees
thereof: and I will enter into the lodgings of his borders,
and into the forest of his Carmel.
12:019:024 I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of
my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places.
12:019:025 Hast thou not heard long ago how I have done it, and of
ancient times that I have formed it? now have I brought it to
pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste fenced cities into
12:019:026 Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were
dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field,
and as the green herb, as the grass on the house tops, and as
corn blasted before it be grown up.
12:019:027 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in,
and thy rage against me.
12:019:028 Because thy rage against me and thy tumult is come up into
mine ears, therefore I will put my hook in thy nose, and my
bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by
which thou camest.
12:019:029 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year
such things as grow of themselves, and in the second year that
which springeth of the same; and in the third year sow ye, and
reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof.
12:019:030 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall
yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.
12:019:031 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that
escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall
12:019:032 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria,
He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there,
nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it.
12:019:033 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and
shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.
12:019:034 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake,
and for my servant David's sake.
12:019:035 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD
went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred
fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the
morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
12:019:036 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and
returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
12:019:037 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of
Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote
him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia.
And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.
12:020:001 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet
Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus
saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die,
and not live.
12:020:002 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,
12:020:003 I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before
thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that
which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
12:020:004 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle
court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
12:020:005 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus
saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy
prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on
the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.
12:020:006 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver
thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and
I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant
12:020:007 And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid
it on the boil, and he recovered.
12:020:008 And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the
LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of
the LORD the third day?
12:020:009 And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that
the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the
shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?
12:020:010 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to
go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward
12:020:011 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the
shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the
dial of Ahaz.
12:020:012 At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of
Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had
heard that Hezekiah had been sick.
12:020:013 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the
house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and
the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of
his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was
nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah
shewed them not.
12:020:014 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto
him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee?
And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from
12:020:015 And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah
answered, All the things that are in mine house have they
seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not
12:020:016 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.
12:020:017 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and
that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day,
shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith
12:020:018 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt
beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the
palace of the king of Babylon.
12:020:019 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD
which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace
and truth be in my days?
12:020:020 And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and
how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the
city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of
the kings of Judah?
12:020:021 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son
reigned in his stead.
12:021:001 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and
reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's
name was Hephzibah.
12:021:002 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after
the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before
the children of Israel.
12:021:003 For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his
father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and
made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all
the host of heaven, and served them.
12:021:004 And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the
LORD said, In Jerusalem will I put my name.
12:021:005 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two
courts of the house of the LORD.
12:021:006 And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times,
and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and
wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD,
to provoke him to anger.
12:021:007 And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the
house, of which the LORD said to David, and to Solomon his
son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out
of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:
12:021:008 Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of
the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe
to do according to all that I have commanded them, and
according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them.
12:021:009 But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more
evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the
children of Israel.
12:021:010 And the LORD spake by his servants the prophets, saying,
12:021:011 Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations,
and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which
were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his
12:021:012 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Behold, I am
bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever
heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle.
12:021:013 And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the
plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as a
man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down.
12:021:014 And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and
deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall
become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies;
12:021:015 Because they have done that which was evil in my sight, and
have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came
forth out of Egypt, even unto this day.
12:021:016 Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had
filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin
wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil
in the sight of the LORD.
12:021:017 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and all that he did, and
his sin that he sinned, are they not written in the book of
the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
12:021:018 And Manasseh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the
garden of his own house, in the garden of Uzza: and Amon his
son reigned in his stead.
12:021:019 Amon was twenty and two years old when he began to reign, and
he reigned two years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was
Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah.
12:021:020 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as
his father Manasseh did.
12:021:021 And he walked in all the way that his father walked in, and
served the idols that his father served, and worshipped them:
12:021:022 And he forsook the LORD God of his fathers, and walked not in
the way of the LORD.
12:021:023 And the servants of Amon conspired against him, and slew the
king in his own house.
12:021:024 And the people of the land slew all them that had conspired
against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his
son king in his stead.
12:021:025 Now the rest of the acts of Amon which he did, are they not
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
12:021:026 And he was buried in his sepulchre in the garden of Uzza: and
Josiah his son reigned in his stead.
12:022:001 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's
name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.
12:022:002 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and
walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not
aside to the right hand or to the left.
12:022:003 And it came to pass in the eighteenth year of king Josiah,
that the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the son of
Meshullam, the scribe, to the house of the LORD, saying,
12:022:004 Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may sum the silver
which is brought into the house of the LORD, which the keepers
of the door have gathered of the people:
12:022:005 And let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the
work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD: and
let them give it to the doers of the work which is in the
house of the LORD, to repair the breaches of the house,
12:022:006 Unto carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber
and hewn stone to repair the house.
12:022:007 Howbeit there was no reckoning made with them of the money
that was delivered into their hand, because they dealt
12:022:008 And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I
have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And
Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
12:022:009 And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king
word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money
that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the
hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the
house of the LORD.
12:022:010 And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the
priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before
12:022:011 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the
book of the law, that he rent his clothes.
12:022:012 And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son
of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the
scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king's, saying,
12:022:013 Go ye, enquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for
all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found:
for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us,
because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this
book, to do according unto all that which is written
12:022:014 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan,
and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of
Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the
wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and
they communed with her.
12:022:015 And she said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel,
Tell the man that sent you to me,
12:022:016 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this
place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of
the book which the king of Judah hath read:
12:022:017 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto
other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the
works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled
against this place, and shall not be quenched.
12:022:018 But to the king of Judah which sent you to enquire of the
LORD, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the LORD God of
Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard;
12:022:019 Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself
before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this
place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should
become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes,
and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the LORD.
12:022:020 Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and
thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes
shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place.
And they brought the king word again.
12:023:001 And the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders
of Judah and of Jerusalem.
12:023:002 And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the
men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him,
and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both
small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of
the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the
12:023:003 And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the
LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and
his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all
their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were
written in this book. And all the people stood to the
12:023:004 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the
priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to
bring forth out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that
were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of
heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of
Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel.
12:023:005 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of
Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the
cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them
also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the
moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.
12:023:006 And he brought out the grove from the house of the LORD,
without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the
brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the
powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people.
12:023:007 And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by
the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the
12:023:008 And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and
defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense,
from Geba to Beersheba, and brake down the high places of the
gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the
governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the
gate of the city.
12:023:009 Nevertheless the priests of the high places came not up to the
altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the
unleavened bread among their brethren.
12:023:010 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children
of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to
pass through the fire to Molech.
12:023:011 And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given
to the sun, at the entering in of the house of the LORD, by
the chamber of Nathanmelech the chamberlain, which was in the
suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire.
12:023:012 And the altars that were on the top of the upper chamber of
Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which
Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the LORD,
did the king beat down, and brake them down from thence, and
cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron.
12:023:013 And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on
the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the
king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of
the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the
Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of
Ammon, did the king defile.
12:023:014 And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves,
and filled their places with the bones of men.
12:023:015 Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place
which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had
made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and
burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder, and
burned the grove.
12:023:016 And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that
were there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of
the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted
it, according to the word of the LORD which the man of God
proclaimed, who proclaimed these words.
12:023:017 Then he said, What title is that that I see? And the men of
the city told him, It is the sepulchre of the man of God,
which came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou
hast done against the altar of Bethel.
12:023:018 And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones. So they
let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came
out of Samaria.
12:023:019 And all the houses also of the high places that were in the
cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to
provoke the Lord to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them
according to all the acts that he had done in Bethel.
12:023:020 And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there
upon the altars, and burned men's bones upon them, and
returned to Jerusalem.
12:023:021 And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the
passover unto the LORD your God, as it is written in the book
of this covenant.
12:023:022 Surely there was not holden such a passover from the days of
the judges that judged Israel, nor in all the days of the
kings of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah;
12:023:023 But in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, wherein this
passover was holden to the LORD in Jerusalem.
12:023:024 Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards,
and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that
were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah
put away, that he might perform the words of the law which
were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the
house of the LORD.
12:023:025 And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to
the LORD with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with
all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither
after him arose there any like him.
12:023:026 Notwithstanding the LORD turned not from the fierceness of his
great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah,
because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him
12:023:027 And the LORD said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight,
as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city
Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said,
My name shall be there.
12:023:028 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, are
they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
12:023:029 In his days Pharaohnechoh king of Egypt went up against the
king of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and king Josiah went
against him; and he slew him at Megiddo, when he had seen him.
12:023:030 And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo,
and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own
sepulchre. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of
Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's
12:023:031 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to
reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. And his
mother's name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
12:023:032 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that his fathers had done.
12:023:033 And Pharaohnechoh put him in bands at Riblah in the land of
Hamath, that he might not reign in Jerusalem; and put the land
to a tribute of an hundred talents of silver, and a talent of
12:023:034 And Pharaohnechoh made Eliakim the son of Josiah king in the
room of Josiah his father, and turned his name to Jehoiakim,
and took Jehoahaz away: and he came to Egypt, and died there.
12:023:035 And Jehoiakim gave the silver and the gold to Pharaoh; but he
taxed the land to give the money according to the commandment
of Pharaoh: he exacted the silver and the gold of the people
of the land, of every one according to his taxation, to give
it unto Pharaohnechoh.
12:023:036 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to
reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his
mother's name was Zebudah, the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah.
12:023:037 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that his fathers had done.
12:024:001 In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and
Jehoiakim became his servant three years: then he turned and
rebelled against him.
12:024:002 And the LORD sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands
of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the
children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it,
according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by his
servants the prophets.
12:024:003 Surely at the commandment of the LORD came this upon Judah, to
remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh,
according to all that he did;
12:024:004 And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled
Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not
12:024:005 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and all that he did,
are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the
kings of Judah?
12:024:006 So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers: and Jehoiachin his son
reigned in his stead.
12:024:007 And the king of Egypt came not again any more out of his land:
for the king of Babylon had taken from the river of Egypt unto
the river Euphrates all that pertained to the king of Egypt.
12:024:008 Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and
he reigned in Jerusalem three months. And his mother's name
was Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.
12:024:009 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that his father had done.
12:024:010 At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon
came up against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged.
12:024:011 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city, and
his servants did besiege it.
12:024:012 And Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of
Babylon, he, and his mother, and his servants, and his
princes, and his officers: and the king of Babylon took him in
the eighth year of his reign.
12:024:013 And he carried out thence all the treasures of the house of
the LORD, and the treasures of the king's house, and cut in
pieces all the vessels of gold which Solomon king of Israel
had made in the temple of the LORD, as the LORD had said.
12:024:014 And he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and
all the mighty men of valour, even ten thousand captives, and
all the craftsmen and smiths: none remained, save the poorest
sort of the people of the land.
12:024:015 And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon, and the king's
mother, and the king's wives, and his officers, and the mighty
of the land, those carried he into captivity from Jerusalem to
12:024:016 And all the men of might, even seven thousand, and craftsmen
and smiths a thousand, all that were strong and apt for war,
even them the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.
12:024:017 And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah his father's brother
king in his stead, and changed his name to Zedekiah.
12:024:018 Zedekiah was twenty and one years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's
name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
12:024:019 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
12:024:020 For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem
and Judah, until he had cast them out from his presence, that
Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
12:025:001 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the
tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host,
against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built
forts against it round about.
12:025:002 And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king
12:025:003 And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed
in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the
12:025:004 And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by
night by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by
the king's garden: (now the Chaldees were against the city
round about:) and the king went the way toward the plain.
12:025:005 And the army of the Chaldees pursued after the king, and
overtook him in the plains of Jericho: and all his army were
scattered from him.
12:025:006 So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of
Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him.
12:025:007 And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put
out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass,
and carried him to Babylon.
12:025:008 And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which
is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,
came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king
of Babylon, unto Jerusalem:
12:025:009 And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and
all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man's house burnt
he with fire.
12:025:010 And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain
of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about.
12:025:011 Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the
fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the
remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captain of the
guard carry away.
12:025:012 But the captain of the guard left of the door of the poor of
the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen.
12:025:013 And the pillars of brass that were in the house of the LORD,
and the bases, and the brasen sea that was in the house of the
LORD, did the Chaldees break in pieces, and carried the brass
of them to Babylon.
12:025:014 And the pots, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the
spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they
ministered, took they away.
12:025:015 And the firepans, and the bowls, and such things as were of
gold, in gold, and of silver, in silver, the captain of the
guard took away.
12:025:016 The two pillars, one sea, and the bases which Solomon had made
for the house of the LORD; the brass of all these vessels was
12:025:017 The height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits, and the
chapiter upon it was brass: and the height of the chapiter
three cubits; and the wreathen work, and pomegranates upon the
chapiter round about, all of brass: and like unto these had
the second pillar with wreathen work.
12:025:018 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest,
and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the
12:025:019 And out of the city he took an officer that was set over the
men of war, and five men of them that were in the king's
presence, which were found in the city, and the principal
scribe of the host, which mustered the people of the land, and
threescore men of the people of the land that were found in
12:025:020 And Nebuzaradan captain of the guard took these, and brought
them to the king of Babylon to Riblah:
12:025:021 And the king of Babylon smote them, and slew them at Riblah in
the land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away out of their
12:025:022 And as for the people that remained in the land of Judah, whom
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, even over them he
made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, ruler.
12:025:023 And when all the captains of the armies, they and their men,
heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah governor,
there came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of
Nethaniah, and Johanan the son of Careah, and Seraiah the son
of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of a
Maachathite, they and their men.
12:025:024 And Gedaliah sware to them, and to their men, and said unto
them, Fear not to be the servants of the Chaldees: dwell in
the land, and serve the king of Babylon; and it shall be well
12:025:025 But it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son
of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, came,
and ten men with him, and smote Gedaliah, that he died, and
the Jews and the Chaldees that were with him at Mizpah.
12:025:026 And all the people, both small and great, and the captains of
the armies, arose, and came to Egypt: for they were afraid of
12:025:027 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the
captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month,
on the seven and twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach
king of Babylon in the year that he began to reign did lift up
the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah out of prison;
12:025:028 And he spake kindly to him, and set his throne above the
throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon;
12:025:029 And changed his prison garments: and he did eat bread
continually before him all the days of his life.
12:025:030 And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the
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