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.
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
And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that
David his father did.
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.
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 before him.
For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his
commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.
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.
He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower
of the watchmen to the fenced city.
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 besieged it.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
At that time did Hezekiah cut off the gold from the doors of the temple of the
LORD, and from the pillars which Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to
the king of Assyria.
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.
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
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?
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?
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.
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?
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
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?
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 destroy it.
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
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?
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:
Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to
deliver you out of his hand:
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
Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with
me by a present, and come out to me, and then eat ye every man of his own vine, and
every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his cistern:
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.
Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land out of the hand of
the king of Assyria?
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?
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?
But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king’s
commandment was, saying, Answer him not.
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.