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short: and Hazael smote them in all the coasts of Israel : 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. 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 ? And Jehu slept with his fathers : and they buried him in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son reigned in his stead. And tạe time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty and eight years.
May we learn to shun the idols of our own hearts, and to serve God continually ; scorning a half-service, and a half-obedience. May we live to the Lord our God with all our hearts, and with all our minds, and with all our strength.
EVENING. 2 Kings xviii. Now it came to pass in the 10 the merciful providence of God! third year of Hoshea son of
f which raiseth up the best of Judah's
kings to meet the worst times, that Elah king of Israel, that He- he might save his kingdom from the zekiah the son of Ahaz king peril of idolatry at home, and the of Judah began to reign. danger of war from foreign foes. Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign ; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His inother's name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah. 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 s.
5 How happy the sovereign who, trusted in the LORD God of rising above the allurements of pleaIsrael; so that after him was sure, bends every power to promote cone like him among all the the honour of God, and uphold his kings of Judah, nor any that true
a prince is zeal in the service of God. 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 · When God is with us, all is well. him; and he prospered whi- Our light affliction, which is but for ihersoever he went forth: a moment, worketh for us a far more and he rebelled against the exceeding and eternal weight of King of Assyria, and served glory*.
* We may be in difficulties even then, as was the good king Hezekiah. Eren he struggled vainly against his tribute to the Assyrian. But in the
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 Heze. kiah, 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 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 the cities of the Medes: 12 because they 12 The temporal prosperity and adobeyed not the voice of the versity of Israel were according to LORD their God, but trans- their obedience or disobedience. The gressed his covenant, and all record is for our learning. Nations,
collectively, can be rewarded or that Moses the servant of the
punished only in this world. Let LORD commanded, and would us then of this nation take heed; not hear them, nor do them. and having the covenant, not fail of Now in the fourteenth year its conditions, lest we fail of its of king Hezekiah did Senna- blessings, and perish in our sin. cherib 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 houshold, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder. And Rab-shakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest?
extended sense of the term, Hezekiah prospered ; for God, though he delayed blessing, was working for him a far more glorious deliverance.
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
22 The audacity of this reproach is trust on him. 2 But if ye say unparalleled. Hezekiah had reunto me, We trust in the established among his people the Lord our God: is not that true religion. Rabshakeh holds him he, whose high places and up to their scorn as a reckless inno
So the enemies of God's whose altars Hezekiah hath faithful servants have ever recourse taken away, and bath said to falsehood and misrepresentation. to Judah and Jerusalem, Ye Truth would condemn them. 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 them. 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 Rab-shakeh, 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 wall. But Rab-shakeh 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 Rab-shakeh 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 Assyria. 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. 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 houshold, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rab-shakeh.
The blasphemy of Sennacherib hastened his downfall. He who had threatened Jerusalem, and taunted her king, and oppressed her people, and mocked her God, was soon to perish by the signal and just vengeance of that Jehovah whose name and honour he had blasphemed.
The thirteenth Sunday after Trinity.
MORNING. 2 Kings xix. And it came to pass, when 1 When the king heard that his king Hezekiah heard it, that enemy was at hand, he sought the he rent his clothes, and co
Lord, humbly and with self-abasevered himself with sackcloth, casting all my care upon God.
ment. So let me act in my trouble, and went into the house of the LORD. 2 And he sent
2 When we can draw nigh to God,
and feel the comfort of his presence, Eliakim, which was over the our fears are allayed, our courage houshold, and Shebna the revives, and we go on our way rescribe, and the elders of the joicing. Your own heart knoweth priests, covered with sack- this. cloth, to Isaiah the prophet 3 Their state was one of extreme the son of Amoz. 3 And distress and terror-of weakness and they said unto him, Thus exhaustion, nigh unto death. 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 Surely it is so. The prayer forth. It may be the Lord the righteous and the blasphemy thy God will hear all the the wicked are alike heard by the words of Rab-shakeh, whom all-present God. the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living
hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that are left. So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah. 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. 'Be- 7 It was of divine counsel that the hold, I will send a blast upon attention of Sennacherib should thus him, and he shall hear a be drawn away from God's people,
and his forces divided and weakened. rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land. So Rab-shakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish. 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, Thus shall ye speak to He
10 These awful scoffings recoiled zekiah king of Judah, saying, upon the Assyrians. True, Judah Let not thy God in whom “the fewest of all people," but thou trustest deceive thee, God fought for them. Jerusalem saying, Jerusalem shall not
was despised, but I will defend this be delivered into the hand of city” was the word of Omnipotence. the king of Assyria. Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly : and shalt thou be delivered ? 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 ? Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Henah and Ivah? 14 And Hezekiah re- 14 When tidings of approaching evil ceived the letter of the hand reach thee, do thou also seek counsel of the messengers, and read of the Lord in prayer. He will either it: and Hezekiah went up strength to bear it.
ward off the evil, or give thee into the house of the LORD,
15 Man draweth nigh unto Godand spread it before the the creature to his Creator ! Blessed LORD. 15 And Hezekiah privilege of prayer! Prayer, O my prayed before the Lord, and reader, is thy comfort now. 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. 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. Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire : for they were no gods, but the