:B:1 Hezekiah, son of Ahaz, began to reign in Judah in the third year of Hoshea, son of Elah, king of Israel.
2 He was twenty-five years old then, and his reign in Jerusalem lasted for twenty-nine years. His mother was Abi jah, daughter of Zechariah. 3 He did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh, like David, his ancestor.
4 He did away with the sanctuaries on the hills, demolished the standing stones and cut down the sacred pillars.
4 He also destroyed the bronze serpent that Moses had fashioned in the desert for, until that time, the Is raelites were offering sacrifices to it and called it Ne hushtan.
5 He trusted in Yahweh more than any of the kings of Judah who preceded or succeeded him and he never depart ed from Yahweh. 6 He kept the commandments Yahweh had given through Mo ses. 7 For that reason, Yahweh was with him
9 In the fourth year of Hezekiahs reign, which was the seventh year of Ho shea, son of Elah, king of Israel, Shal maneser, king of Assyria, came against Samaria and besieged it. 10 At the end of three years, he conquered it. In the sixth year of Heze kiah, which was the ninth year of Hoshea, king of Israel, Samaria was conquered. 11 The king of Assyria de ported the Israelites to Assy ria and settled them in Halah, on the Habor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
12 This happened to them because they did not listen to the voice of Yahweh, their God, and had broken his cove nant
:B:13 In the fourteenth year of Heze kiahs reign, Sennacherib, king of As sy ria, came up and invaded Judah
15 Hezekiah then handed over to him all the money that was found in the House of Yahweh and in the treasuries of the royal palace. 16 It was at that time that Hezekiah ordered that the gold sheets, with which he himself had adorned the doorposts, be stripped from the gates of the House of Yahweh, and given to the king of Assyria.
17 From Lachish the king of Assyria sent his field commander with a large army to King Hezekiah in Jerusalem. They halted at the channel of the Up per Pool on the highway to the Fullers Field. The field commander called for the king
19 The field commander said to them, Give Hezekiah this message from the great king of Assyria: How can you be so confident? 20 You thought that words are as good as wis dom and replace strength in time of war? On whom are you relying that you rebel against me? 21 You rely on Egypt, a broken staff which pierces the palm of him who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh, king of Egypt, for all who rely on him. 22 Yes, you may say to me: We rely on Yahweh our God. But isnt he the one whose altars and high places Hezekiah removed when he com manded Judah and Jerusalem: You shall worship before this altar?
23 Come now, make a bargain with my master, the king. I will give you two thousand horses if you are able to supply riders. 24 How could you ever repulse one of the least of my masters generals? And you rely on Egypt for chariots and horsemen! 25 Do you think that I have come to attack and destroy this land without consulting Yahweh? He himself said to me: Go up to this land and conquer it! 26 Then Elia kim and Shebna and Joah said to the field commander, Speak to your servants in Ara maic
27 But the field commander said, Do you think that my master sent me to speak these words only to your master and to you? Is it not also to the men on the walls who, with you, will have to eat their own dung and drink their own urine?
28 Then the field commander stood and cried out with a loud voice in Hebrew, Hear the words of the great king of Assyria: 29 Do not let Hezekiah deceive you! No, he will not be able to help you! 30 Do not listen to him when he tells you to trust in Yahweh, saying, Yahweh will save us
32 Hezekiah is misleading you when he says that Yahweh will save you. 33 Have the gods of the nations rescued their land from the hands of the king of As syria? 34 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Se pharvaim, Hena and Ivvah? And have the gods delivered Samaria from my hand? 35 Who among all the gods of these nations has been able to save his country from me? Do you think that Yahweh will deliver Jerusalem from my hand?
36 The people were like deaf and remained silent, since the king had commanded them not to answer him.
37 Then Eliakim with Shebna and Joah came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn and told him what the field commander had said.