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work of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them. Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only. Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard. 21 This is the word
21 The Church of God at last trithat the LORD hath spoken umphs, defying the malice of her concerning him ; The virgin enemies, since Jehovah is her dethe daughter of Zion hath fence and her glory. despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her
22 When the wicked persecute the head at thee. 22 Whom hast righteous, they persecute not man, thou reproached and blas- but God. “ Saul, Saul,” said Jesus phemed? and against whom
to the persecuting Pharisee, “why hast thou exalted thy voice, persecutest thou me?" and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel. By thy messengers thou hast reproached the LORD, and hast said, With the multitude of my chariots I am come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut down the tall cedar trees thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof : and I will enter into the lodgings of his borders, and into the forest of his Carmel. 24 Sennacherib had been mighty-he ** I have digged and drunk had passed deserts
, he had dug wells strange waters, and with the for the support of his own armies, and
turned rivers that he might attack sole of my feet have I dried the armies of his enemies--yet what up all the rivers of besieged was the end of all his might? It places. Hast thou not heard
was cut down as grass. long ago how I have done it, and of ancient times that I have formed it ? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste fenced cities into ruinous heaps. Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded ; they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the house-tops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.
27 The wicked may justly fear, since I know thy abode, and thy God thus knows the secrets of man's going out, and thy coming in, ways; but the good rejoice that God and thy rage against me.
is ever present to them and to their
thoughts. Because thy rage against me and thy tumult is come up into mine ears, therefore I will put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way 29 As the things here foretold sucwhich thou camest. 29 And cessively caine to pass, their fulfil
this shall be a sign unto thee, ment would be a continual testimony Ye shall eat this year such to the truth-an abiding sign that
God was with them. things as grow of themselves, and in the second year that which springeth of the same; and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof. And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward. For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this. Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it. By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD. For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my ser- 35 Was the pride of the Assyrians vant David's sake. 35 And thus humbled before the nations ! it came to pass that night, Well are we taught that the pride of that the angel of the LORD man must fall before the power of God. went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand : and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword : and they escaped into the land of Armenia. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.
Sennacherib the king fell by a cruel and bloody death ; a death, signal for the time and place which marked it. The victim was slain as he worshipped in the house of Nisroch his god, and the hands which slew him were the hands of his sons-a dreadful fulfilment of the prophetic declaration in verse 7, that “he should fall by the sword in his oron land.”
EVENING. 2 KINGs xxij. And the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem. And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house 3 Let me follow king Josiah's wise of the LORD. 3 And the example ! let'me stand to my cove. king stood by a pillar, and nant with God and his Christ.
made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies, and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant. And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel. And 5 A good prince thus always takes he put down the idolatrous the lead in religion. Happy the priests, whom the kings of people who have such a sovereign ! Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven. And he brought out the grove from the house of the LORD, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people. And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove. 8 Josiah, in his zeal for true religion, * And he brought all the removed the highest from their hopriests out of the cities of nours, if they were found to have Judah, and defiled the high dishonoured their holy profession. places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beer-sheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the gate of the city. Never- The less guilty of the priests, theless the priests of the high though excluded from their wonted places came not up to the public ministration, were maintained altar of the Lord in Jeru- with the rest of the priesthood. salem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren. And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech. And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entering in of the house of the LORD, by the chamber of Nathan-melech the chamberlain, which was in the suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire. And the altars
kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the LORD, did the king beat down, and brake them down from thence, and cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron. And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile. And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men. Moreover the altar that was at Beth-el, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder, and burned the grove.
And 16 Thus fulfilling a prophecy deas Josiah turned himself, he livered 350 years before. spied the sepulchres that were there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the word of the Lord which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words. Then he said, what title is that that I see ? And the men of the city told him, It is the sepulchre of the man of God, which came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Beth-el. And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones. So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came out of Samaria. 19 And all the
19 This purifying extended to Israel. houses also of the high places The ten tribes were in captivity, and that were in the cities of Sa- those of them who escaped were maria, which the kings of naturally united under Josiah, the Israel had made to provoke successor of David. the LORD to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Beth-el. And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burned men's bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem. And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the passover unto the Lord your God, as it is written in the book of this 22 That is never any passover, covenant. 22 Surely there under such trying circumstances. was not holden such a passover from the days of the judges that judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah; but in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, wherein this passover was holden to the Lord in
Jerusalem. Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the
25 His excellences were rendered LORD. And like unto him more conspicuous by the dreadfui was there no king before wickedness against which he con him, that turned to the LORD tended so successfully and so well. with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses ; neither after him arose there any like him. 26 Not- 26 Alas ! for a kingdom when, as in withstanding the Lord turned this case, reformation of manners not from the fierceness of his and conduct is but a pretence. That great wrath, wherewith his is to mock the heart-searching God. anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal. And the LORD said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I hare removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there. Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? In his days Pharaoh-nechoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and king Josiah went against him; and he slew him at Megiddo, when he had seen
30 And does death thus sweep away him. 30 And his servants kings and their subjects—putting carried him in a chariot dead down one and setting up another! from Megiddo, and brought Let me take heed to do always the
That shall him to Jerusalem, and buried thing which is right. him in his own sepulchre.
bring a man peace at the last. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's stead. Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his fathers had done. And Pharaohnechoh put him in bands at Riblah in the land of Hamath, that he might not reign in Jerusalem ; and put the land to a tribute of an hundred talents of silver, and a talent of gold. And Pharaoh-nechoh made Eliakim the son of Josiah king in the room of Josiah his father, and turned his name to Jehoiakim,