Hezekiah Reigns over Judah

1 Now it came to passe in the third yere of Hoshea sonne of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the sonne of Ahaz king of Iudah, began to reigne.

2 Twentie and fiue yeeres old was he when hee began to reigne, and hee reigned twentie and nine yeeres in Ierusalem: His mothers name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah.

3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that Dauid his father did.

4 ¶ He remooued the high places, and brake the images, and cut downe the groues, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for vnto those dayes the children of Israel did burne incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Iudah, nor any that were before him.

6 For he claue to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandements, which the Lord commanded Moses.

7 And the Lord was with him, and hee prospered whithersoeuer hee went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and serued him not.

8 He smote the Philistines euen vnto Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the towre of the watchmen to the fenced cities.

9 ¶ And it came to passe in the fourth yeere of king Hezekiah, (which was the seuenth yeere of Hoshea, sonne of Elah king of Israel) that Shalmaneser king of Assyria came vp against Samaria, and besieged it.

10 And at the end of three yeeres they tooke it: euen in the sixt yeere of Hezekiah (that is the ninth yeere of Hoshea king of Israel) Samaria was taken.

11 And the king of Assyria did carie away Israel vnto Assyria, and put them in Halah and in Habor by the riuer of Gozan, & in the cities of the Medes:

12 Because they obeyed not the voice of the Lord their God, but transgressed his Couenant, and all that Moses the seruant of the Lord commanded, and would not heare them, nor doe them.

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them (Matt 7:20).

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