1 Anno tertio Osee filii Ela regis Israel regnavit Ezechias filius Achaz regis Iudae.
2 Viginti quinque annorum erat, cum regnare coepisset, et viginti et novem annis regnavit in Ierusalem. Nomen matris eius Abi filia Zachariae.
3 Fecitque, quod erat bonum coram Domino, iuxta omnia, quae fecerat David pater suus.
4 Ipse dissipavit excelsa et contrivit lapides et succidit palum confregitque serpentem aeneum, quem fecerat Moyses; siquidem usque ad illud tempus filii Israel adolebant ei; vocabatur Nohestan.
5 In Domino, Deo Israel, speravit. Itaque post eum non fuit similis ei de cunctis regibus Iudae sed neque in his, qui ante eum fuerunt.
6 Et adhaesit Domino et non recessit a vestigiis eius fecitque mandata eius, quae praeceperat Dominus Moysi,
7 unde et erat Dominus cum eo, et in cunctis, ad quae procedebat, prospere agebat. Rebellavit quoque contra regem Assyriorum et non servivit ei.
8 Ipse percussit Philisthaeos usque Gazam et terminos eius, a turre custodum usque ad civitatem munitam.
9 Anno quarto regis Ezechiae, qui erat annus septimus Osee filii Ela regis Israel, ascendit Salmanasar rex Assvriorum Samariam et oppugnavit eam
10 et cepit. Post annos tres, anno sexto Ezechiae, id est nono anno Osee regis Israel, capta est Samaria.
11 Et transtulit rex Assyriorum Israel in Assur collocavitque eos in Hala et Habor iuxta fluvium Gozan et in civitatibus Medorum,
12 quia non audierunt vocem Domini Dei sui, sed praetergressi sunt pactum eius; omnia, quae praeceperat Moyses servus Domini, non audierunt neque fecerunt.
13 Anno quarto decimo regis Ezechiae ascendit Sennacherib rex Assyriorum ad universas civitates Iudae munitas et cepit eas.
14 Tunc misit Ezechias rex Iudae nuntios ad regem Assyriorum Lachis dicens: "Peccavi. Recede a me, et omne, quod imposueris mihi, feram". Indixit itaque rex Assyriorum Ezechiae regi Iudae trecenta talenta argenti et triginta talenta auri;
15 deditque Ezechias omne argentum, quod repertum fuerat in domo Domini et in thesauris regis.
16 In tempore illo confregit Ezechias valvas templi Domini et postes, quos ipse inauraverat, et dedit aurum regi Assyriorum.
17 Misit autem rex Assyriorum Tharthan et Rabsaris et Rabsacen de Lachis ad regem Ezechiam cum manu valida Ierusalem. Qui cum ascendissent, venerunt in Ierusalem et steterunt iuxta aquae ductum piscinae superioris, quae est in via agri fullonis,
18 vocaveruntque regem. Egressus est autem ad eos Eliachim filius Helciae praepositus domus et Sobna scriba et Ioah filius Asaph a commentariis.
19 Dixitque ad eos Rabsaces: "Loquimini Ezechiae: Haec dicit rex magnus, rex Assyriorum: Quae est ista fiducia, qua niteris?
20 Forsitan putas verbum labiorum esse consilium et fortitudinem ad proelium? In quo confidis, ut audeas rebellare contra me?
21 An speras in baculo arundineo atque confracto, Aegypto, super quem, si incubuerit homo, comminutus ingreditur manum eius et perforabit eam? Sic est pharao rex Aegypti omnibus, qui confidunt in eo.
22 Quod si dixeritis mihi: "In Domino Deo nostro habemus fiduciam", nonne iste est, cuius abstulit Ezechias excelsa et altaria et praecepit Iudae et Ierusalem: "Ante altare hoc adorabitis in Ierusalem?".
23 Nunc igitur spondete cum domino meo rege Assyriorum; dabo tibi duo milia equorum; et vide an habere valeas ascensores eorum.
24 Et quomodo potes in fugam vertere unum satrapam de servis domini mei minimis? An fiduciam habes in Aegypto propter currus et equites?
25 Numquid sine Domini voluntate ascendi ad locum istum, ut demolirer eum? Dominus dixit mihi: "Ascende ad terram hanc et demolire eam" ".
26 Dixerunt autem Eliachim filius Helciae et Sobna et Ioah Rabsaci: "Precamur, ut loquaris nobis servis tuis Aramaice, siquidem intellegimus hanc linguam, et non loquaris nobis Iudaice, audiente populo, qui est super murum".
27 Responditque eis Rabsaces: "Numquid ad dominum tuum et ad te misit me dominus meus, ut loquerer sermones hos, et non ad viros, qui sedent super murum, ut comedant stercora sua et bibant urinam suam vobiscum?".
28 Stetit itaque Rabsaces et clamavit voce magna Iudaice et ait: "Audite verba regis magni, regis Assyriorum:
29 Haec dicit rex: Non vos seducat Ezechias; non enim poterit eruere vos de manu mea!
30 Neque fiduciam vobis tribuat super Domino dicens: "Eruens liberabit nos Dominus, et non tradetur civitas haec in manu regis Assyriorum".
31 Nolite audire Ezechiam! Haec enim dicit rex Assyriorum: Facite mecum benedictionem et egredimini ad me, et comedet unusquisque de vinea sua et de ficu sua, et bibetis aquas de cisternis vestris,
32 donec veniam et transferam vos in terram, quae similis terrae vestrae est, in terram fructiferam et fertilem vini, terram panis et vinearum, terram olivarum olei ac mellis; et vivetis et non moriemini. Nolite audire Ezechiam, qui vos decipit dicens: "Dominus liberabit nos!".
33 Numquid liberaverunt dii gentium unusquisque terram suam de manu regis Assyriorum?
34 Ubi sunt dii Emath et Arphad? Ubi sunt dii Sepharvaim, Ana et Ava? Numquid liberaverunt Samariam de manu mea?
35 Quinam illi sunt in universis diis terrarum, qui eruerunt regionem suam de manu mea, ut possit eruere Dominus Ierusalem de manu mea?".
36 Tacuit itaque populus et non respondit ei quidquam; siquidem praeceptum regis acceperant, ut non responderent ei.
37 Venitque Eliachim filius Helciae praepositus domus et Sobna scriba et Ioah filius Asaph a commentariis ad Ezechiam, scissis vestibus, et nuntiaverunt ei verba Rabsacis.
King James Version
1 Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.
2 Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's 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 David his father did.
4 ¶ 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.
5 He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.
6 For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.
7 And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.
8 He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.
9 ¶ And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Hezekiah, 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.
10 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.
11 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 in the cities of the Medes:
12 Because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them.
13 ¶ Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah, and took them.
14 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.
15 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.
16 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.
17 ¶ 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.
18 And when they had called to the king, there came out to them Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder.
19 And Rabshakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest?
20 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?
21 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 trust on him.
22 But if ye say unto me, We trust in the LORD our God: is not that he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and hath said to Judah and Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem?
23 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.
24 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?
25 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.
26 Then said Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna, and Joah, unto Rabshakeh, 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.
27 But Rabshakeh 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?
28 Then Rabshakeh 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:
29 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand:
30 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.
31 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:
32 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.
33 Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
34 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?
35 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?
36 But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.
37 Then came Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.