Chapter 19

1; And it happened, when King Hezekiah heard, that he tore his garments and covered himself with sackcloth and went in to the house of YAHWEH;

2; and he sent Eliakim, who was over the house, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covering themselves with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.

3; And they said to him, So says Hezekiah, it is a day of distress, and of rebuke, and of disgrace today; for the sons have come to the birth, and there is no power to bring forth.

4; It may be that YAHWEH your Elohim will hear all the words of the chief cupbearer, with which his master the king of Assyria has sent him to reproach the living Elohim, and will rebuke the words which YAHWEH your Elohim has heard; and you shall lift up prayer for the remnant that is found.

5; And the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah.

6; And Isaiah said to them, You shall say this to your master: So says YAHWEH, Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have reviled Me.

7; Behold, I will put a spirit in him, and he shall hear a rumor and shall turn back to his land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his land.

8; And the chief cupbearer returned and found the king of Assyria fighting against Libnah, for he had heard that he had traveled from Lachish.

9; And when he heard it said of Tirhakah the king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is coming out to fight against you, he sent messengers again to Hezekiah, saying,

10; So you shall speak to Hezekiah the king of Judah, saying, Do not let your Elohim in whom you trust delude you, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.

11; Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by utterly destroying them; and shall you be delivered?

12; Have the gods of the nations delivered them, which my fathers have destroyed, Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the sons of Eden in Telassar?

13; Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?

14; And Hezekiah took the letters out of the hand of the messengers, and read them, and went up to the house of YAHWEH. And Hezekiah spread it before the face of YAHWEH.

15; And Hezekiah prayed before YAHWEH, and said, O YAHWEH the Elohim of Israel, who sits above the cherubs, You are He, The Elohim who all life comes from, to all the kingdoms of the earth; You have made the heavens and the earth.

16; O YAHWEH, incline Your ear and hear; O YAHWEH, open Your eyes and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib with which he has sent him to reproach the living Elohim.

17; Truly, O YAHWEH, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations, and their lands;

18; and have put their gods into the fire, for they were no Elohim, but the work of the hands of man, wood and stone, and have destroyed them.

19; And now, O YAHWEH our Elohim, we pray to You, save us out of his hand, and all the kingdoms of the earth shall know that You are YAHWEH Elohim, and life only comes from you.

20; And Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, So says YAHWEH, the Elohim of Israel, I have heard that which you have prayed to Me regarding Sennacherib the king of Assyria;

21; this is the Word that YAHWEH spoke concerning him: The virgin daughter of Zion has despised you and laughed you to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem has shaken her head behind you.

22; Whom have you reproached and reviled? Against whom have you lifted up a voice? Yea, you have lifted up your eyes on high, even against the Holy One of Israel!

23; By the hand of your messengers, you have defamed YAHWEH, and have said, With the multitude of my chariots I have gone up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and I will cut down the height of its cedars, the best of its firs, and I will enter into the furthest dwelling, its densest forest;

24; I have dug and drunk strange waters, and I dried up with the sole of my feet all the rivers of Egypt.

25; Have you not heard from afar, I made it? From days of old I formed it. Now I have caused it to come, that you should make fortified cities desolate ruin heaps.

26; And those living in them were short in hand; they were terrified and were ashamed; they were as the grass of the field, and the green herb, as the grass on the housetops and blasted grain before it was grown!

27; But I have known your sitting down, and your going out, and your coming in, and your rage against Me.

28; Because of your raging against Me, and because your arrogance has come up into My ears, even I will put My hook in your nose, and My bridle in your lips, and I will turn you back by the way which you came.

29; And this shall be the sign for you: you shall eat this year that which grows of itself, and in the second year that which is self produced; and in the third year you shall sow, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit.

30; And the escaped ones of the house of Judah that is left shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.

31; For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and out of Mount Zion they that shall escape; the zeal of YAHWEH of Hosts shall do this.

32; So YAHWEH says this concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor shall he pour out a siege mound against it.

33; By the way that he came in, in it he shall return; and he shall not come into this city, says YAHWEH.

34; For I will defend this city, to save it, for My own sake, and for My servant David's sake.

35; And it happened in that night, that the Messenger of YAHWEH went out and struck a hundred and eighty five thousand in the camp of Assyria; and they rose up early in the morning, and behold, all of them were dead bodies.

36; And Sennacherib the king of Assyria moved, and went and returned, and lived in Nineveh.

37; And it happened, as he was bowing himself in the house of his Elohim Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. And his son Esarhaddon reigned in his place.


Chapter 20

1; In those days Hezekiah was sick to death, and Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, came to him and said to him, So says YAHWEH, Order your house, for you are dying, and shall not live.

2; And he turned his face to the wall, and prayed to YAHWEH, saying,

3; I pray to You, O YAHWEH, please remember how I have walked always before your face in truth, and with a perfect heart, and I have done the good in Your eyes. And Hezekiah wept with a great weeping.

4; And it happened when Isaiah had not gone out to the middle court, the Word of YAHWEH came to him, saying,

5; Return, and you shall say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, So says YAHWEH, the Elohim of your father David, I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you; you shall go up to the house of YAHWEH the third day.

6; And I have added fifteen years to your days; and I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and shall defend this city for My own sake, and for My servant David's sake.

7; And Isaiah said, Take a cake of figs; and they took and laid it on the boil; and he revived.

8; And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, What will be the sign that YAHWEH will heal me, that I will go up on the third day to the house of YAHWEH?

9; And Isaiah said, This will be the sign to you from YAHWEH, that YAHWEH will do the thing that He has spoken: Shall the shadow advance ten steps, or shall it return ten steps?

10; And Hezekiah said, It would be a light thing for the shadow to go down ten steps; no, but let the shadow go back ten steps.

11; And Isaiah the prophet cried to YAHWEH; and He brought back the shadow by the steps the shadow had gone down on the sundial stairs of Ahaz, ten steps backward.

12; At that time Berodach-Baladan, the son of Baladan the king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been ill.

13; And Hezekiah listened to them, and showed them all the house of his treasury, the silver and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his weapons, and all found in his treasure house; there was not a thing that Hezekiah did not show them in his house and in all his dominion.

14; And Isaiah the prophet came in to King Hezekiah and said to him, What did these men say? And where did they come from to you? And Hezekiah said, They have come from a land afar off, from Babylon.

15; And he said, What did they see in your house? And Hezekiah said, They saw all that is in my house; there was not a thing that I did not show them from my storehouses.

16; And Isaiah said to Hezekiah, Hear the Word of YAHWEH:

17; Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and all that your fathers have treasured up until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; there shall not be a thing left, says YAHWEH.

18; And of your sons that shall go out from you, whom you shall father, they shall be taken away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

19; And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, The Word of YAHWEH that you have spoken is good. And he said, Is it not good if peace and truth are in my days?

20; And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made the pool, and the conduit, and brought in the waters to the city, are they not written in the Book of the Matters of the Days of the Kings of Judah?

21; And Hezekiah lay with his fathers. And his son Manasseh reigned in his place.


Chapter 21

1; Manasseh was a son of twelve years when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty five years in Jerusalem, and the name of his mother was Hephzibah.

2; And he did evil in the eyes of YAHWEH, according to the abominable customs of the nations that YAHWEH expelled from before the sons of Israel.

3; And he built again the high places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed, and raised up altars for Baal, and made an Asherah, as did Ahab the king of Israel, and worshiped all the host of the heavens, and served them.

4; And he built altars in the house of YAHWEH, of which YAHWEH had said, In Jerusalem I will put My name.

5; And he built altars for all the host of the heavens in the two courts of the house of YAHWEH.

6; And he made his son to pass through the fire, used magic, and used divination, and dealt with mediums and soothsayers. He expanded to work the evil in the eyes of YAHWEH, to provoke Him to anger.

7; And he set a graven image of the Asherah that he had made in the house of which YAHWEH had said to David and to his son Solomon, In this house, and in Jerusalem, that I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever.

8; And I will not again make the feet of Israel wander any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if they observe to do all that I instructed them, and to all the Torah that My servant Moses instructed them.

9; But they did not listen, and Manasseh caused them to be led astray above the nations that YAHWEH had destroyed from before the sons of Israel.

10; And YAHWEH spoke by His servants the prophets, saying,

11; Because Manasseh the king of Judah has done these abominations, doing more wickedly than all that the Amorites did before him, and has made Judah also to sin with his idols,

12; therefore so says YAHWEH, the Elohim of Israel, Behold, I am bringing evil on Jerusalem and Judah, so that whoever hears of it, his two ears shall tingle.

13; And I will stretch out over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab, and shall wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish.

14; And I will abandon the remnant of My inheritance, and give them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall be for a prey and for a spoil to all their enemies,

15; because they have done evil in My eyes, and have provoked Me to anger from the day their fathers came out of Egypt, even to this day.

16; And also Manasseh has shed very much innocent blood, till he has filled Jerusalem from mouth to mouth; apart from his sin that he caused Judah to sin, to do evil in the eyes of YAHWEH.

17; And 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 Matters of the Days of the Kings of Judah?

18; And Manasseh lay with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his house in the Garden of Uzza. And his son Amon reigned in his place.

19; Amon was a son of twenty two years when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem; and the name of his mother was Meshullemeth the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah.

20; And he did evil in the eyes of YAHWEH, as his father Manasseh did,

21; and walked in all the way that his father walked, and served the idols that his father served, and bowed himself to them.

22; And he forsook YAHWEH, the Elohim of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of YAHWEH.

23; And the servants of Amon conspired against him and killed the king in his own house.

24; And the people of the land killed all those who conspired against King Amon, and the people of the land made his son Josiah king in his place.

25; And the rest of the acts of Amon that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Matters of the Days of the Kings of Judah?

26; And they buried him in his grave in the garden of Uzza. And his son Josiah reigned in his place.


Chapter 22

1; Josiah was a son of eight years when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty one years in Jerusalem; and the name of his mother was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.

2; And he did the good in the eyes of YAHWEH, and walked in all the way of his father David, and did not turn aside to the right or the left.

3; And it happened, in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the house of YAHWEH, saying,

4; Go to Hilkiah the high priest, and he shall count the silver that is brought into the house of YAHWEH that the keepers of the door have gathered from the people.

5; And they will give into the hand of the workers, those who oversee in the house of YAHWEH; and they shall give it to the doers of the work who are in the house of YAHWEH, to repair the breaks of the house;

6; to the carpenters, and to the builders, and to the masons, and to buy wood and cut stone to strengthen the house;

7; only, the silver that is given into their hand shall not be reckoned with them, for they are acting in faithfulness.

8; And Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the Book of the Torah in the house of YAHWEH; and Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.

9; And Shaphan the scribe came to the king and brought back word to the king, and said, Your servants have poured out the silver that has been found in the house, and have given it into the hand of the doers of the work, those who oversee in the house of YAHWEH.

10; And Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest has given a book to me; and Shaphan read it before the king.

11; And it happened when the king heard the Words of the Book of the Torah, he tore his garments.

12; And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Micaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah the king's servant, saying,

13; Go, inquire of YAHWEH for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, as to the Words of this Book that has been found; for great is the wrath of YAHWEH that burns against us, because our fathers have not listened to the Words of this Book, to do according to all that which is written concerning us.

14; And Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went to Huldah the prophetess the wife of Shallum, the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, the keeper of the wardrobe. And they spoke with her.

15; And she said to them, So says YAHWEH, the Elohim of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me,

16; So says YAHWEH, Behold, I will bring evil on this place, and on its inhabitants, even all the Words of the Book which the king of Judah has read;

17; because they have forsaken Me and have burned incense to 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.

18; And to the king of Judah who sent you to inquire of YAHWEH, you shall say this to him, So says YAHWEH, the Elohim of Israel, the words that you have heard,

19; (because your heart was tender, and you have bowed before YAHWEH when you heard what I spoke against this place, and against those living in it, to become a desolation and a curse, and have torn your clothes, and have wept before Me;) even also I have heard, says YAHWEH.

20; Behold! Even so I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered into your grave in peace; and your eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring on this place. And they brought back this word to the king.