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2 Kings 15 – 25

 

Updated July 2016

2 Kings 15

Azariah becomes king of Judah.

2 Kings 15:1 In the twenty and seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel began Azariah son of Amaziah king of Judah to reign. 15:2 Sixteen years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned two and fifty years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jecholiah of Jerusalem.

Azariah another good king of Judah except that the people continued to worship on pagan locations instead of coming to the Temple in Jerusalem.

15:3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done; 15:4 Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

God smote Azariah king of Judah with leprosy for this sin of worshipping God at pagan high places which represented worshipping God as we think right and not as God has commanded us  As his loyalty to God was divided, so God mottled his flesh. 

Even today many congregations of the Ekklesia meet in pagan “high places” [pagan places of worship] and claim that they are worshipping God because they meet there on the Sabbath when they are actually defying God by meeting in such places.

15:5 And the LORD smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the king’s son was over the house, judging the people of the land.

15:6 And the rest of the acts of Azariah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 15:7 So Azariah slept with his fathers; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.

Zachariah the son of Jeroboam 2 began to reign in Israel. He was evil like his namesake Jeroboam I, teaching the idolatry of Jeroboam I; as the church of God teaches idolatry today.

15:8 In the thirty and eighth year of Azariah king of Judah did Zachariah the son of Jeroboam reign over Israel in Samaria six months. 15:9 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as his fathers had done: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

Shallum replace Zachariah as king of Israel through intrigue.

15:10 And Shallum the son of Jabesh conspired against him, and smote him before the people, and slew him, and reigned in his stead. 15:11 And the rest of the acts of Zachariah, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

15:12 This was the word of the LORD which he spake unto Jehu, saying, Thy sons shall sit on the throne of Israel unto the fourth generation. And so it came to pass.

Shallum reigned over Israel for one month before he himself was killed by a usurper.

15:13 Shallum the son of Jabesh began to reign in the nine and thirtieth year of Uzziah king of Judah; and he reigned a full month in Samaria. 15:14 For Menahem the son of Gadi went up from Tirzah, and came to Samaria, and smote Shallum the son of Jabesh in Samaria, and slew him, and reigned in his stead. 15:15 And the rest of the acts of Shallum, and his conspiracy which he made, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

Menahem destroyed Tiphsah on the Euphrates for not supporting him as king of Israel. Tiphsah and Tirzah on the Euphrates marked the northern extremity of the dominions ruled by Solomon, Gaza being the limit on the South (1 Kings 4:24). 

15:16 Then Menahem smote Tiphsah, and all that were therein, and the coasts thereof from Tirzah: because they opened not to him, therefore he smote it; and all the women therein that were with child he ripped up.

Menahem king of Israel was evil in idolatry like his father and like Jeroboam 1.

15:17 In the nine and thirtieth year of Azariah king of Judah began Menahem the son of Gadi to reign over Israel, and reigned ten years in Samaria. 15:18 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not all his days from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

Menahem paid Assyria to confirm him as king of Israel.

15:19 And Pul the king of Assyria came against the land: and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that his hand might be with him to confirm the kingdom in his hand. 15:20 And Menahem exacted the money of Israel, even of all the mighty men of wealth, of each man fifty shekels of silver, to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned back, and stayed not there in the land.

15:21 And the rest of the acts of Menahem, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 15:22 And Menahem slept with his fathers; and Pekahiah his son reigned in his stead.

Then Pekahiah became king of Israel, and he also followed the idolatry of Jeroboam 1; as the Ekklesia is full of idolatry of men and corporate organizations today.

15:23 In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekahiah the son of Menahem began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned two years. 15:24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

Then his own captain Pekah overthrew him and reigned over Israel in his place.  In spiritual terms this sounds exactly like the Ekklesia today, with all of its conspiracies and splits.

15:25 But Pekah the son of Remaliah, a captain of his, conspired against him, and smote him in Samaria, in the palace of the king’s house, with Argob and Arieh, and with him fifty men of the Gileadites: and he killed him, and reigned in his room.

15:26 And the rest of the acts of Pekahiah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

The king of Israel, Pekah, also followed the idolatry of Jeroboam 1, like his fathers.

15:27 In the two and fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekah the son of Remaliah began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned twenty years. 15:28 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

Then in a first wave of captivities the Assyrians took away all of northern Israel; including Naftali, Zebulon and Issachar in Galilee and Israel [Manasseh, Gad  and Reuben] in the Golan.

And the God of Israel stirred up a spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tigathpileser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe [half of Joseph] of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day.[the day this was written] (I Chronicles 5:26).

15:29 In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abelbethmaachah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria.

Then Hoshea conspired and became king of Israel.

15:30 And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and smote him, and slew him, and reigned in his stead, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah. 15:31 And the rest of the acts of Pekah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

Jotham reigned in Judah exactly as his father had reigned, being faithful to God except in the matter of the High Places.

15:32 In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah king of Israel began Jotham the son of Uzziah king of Judah to reign. 15:33 Five and twenty years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jerusha, the daughter of Zadok. 15:34 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD: he did according to all that his father Uzziah had done. 15:35 Howbeit the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burned incense still in the high places. He built the higher gate of the house of the LORD.

15:36 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 15:37 In those days the LORD began to send against Judah Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah. 15:38 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father: and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.

Yet the church of God groups do the very same thing today, when they meet in pagan houses of worship to supposedly worship God [contrary to teh Word of God],which is indicative of a lack of zeal [Laodicean lukewarmness] to live by every Word of God

 

2 Kings 16

Then Ahaz reigned in Judah.

2 Kings 16:1 In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign. 16:2 Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD his God, like David his father.

Ahaz king of Judah led the people into idolatry like the kings of Israel had done in Israel.

16:3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel. 16:4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree [worshipping wherever he wanted, instead of where God commanded, just as most of the Ekklesia does today].

Then Israel and Syria made war with Judah.

16:5 Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him. 16:6 At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drave the Jews from Elath [Eilat a key seaport at that time]: and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt there unto this day [The day this was written].

Then Ahaz king of Judah sent to the Assyrians for help against Israel and Syria, and paid Assyria well.

16:7 So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, saying, I am thy servant and thy son: come up, and save me out of the hand of the king of Syria, and out of the hand of the king of Israel, which rise up against me. 16:8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.

Assyria conquered Syria.

16:9 And the king of Assyria hearkened unto him: for the king of Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the people of it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin.

Ahaz then made a copy of a pagan altar that had been found in Damascus.

16:10 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof. 16:11 And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that king Ahaz had sent from Damascus: so Urijah the [high] priest made it against king Ahaz came from Damascus.

The high priest Urijah feared the king and perverted the true religion of God with the pagan altar.

16:12 And when the king was come from Damascus, the king saw the altar: and the king approached to the altar, and offered thereon. 16:13 And he burnt his burnt offering and his meat offering, and poured his drink offering, and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings, upon the altar.

Then the king brought God’s altar from its commanded place to the north side of this pagan altar.

16:14 And he brought also the brasen altar, which was before the LORD, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the house of the LORD, and put it on the north side of the altar.

Then the king commanded that the daily and all the sacrifices for Israel should be offered on this pagan altar.

16:15 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, Upon the great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening meat offering, and the king’s burnt sacrifice, and his meat offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings; and sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the brasen altar shall be for me to enquire by.

16:16 Thus did Urijah the [high] priest, according to all that king Ahaz commanded. 

This is a clear example of a high priest of God falling away from his calling.

16:17 And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the bases, and removed the laver from off them; and took down the sea [basin for water] from off the brasen oxen that were under it, and put it upon the pavement of stones.

16:18 And the covert [awning or resting place] for the sabbath that they had built in the house, and the king’s entry without, turned he [he took and gave to] from the house of the LORD for the king of Assyria.

16:19 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 16:20 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.

 

2 Kings 17

Assyrian Deportations of Israel

The Northern Kingdom of Israel was conquered by the Neo-Assyrian monarchs, Tiglath-Pileser III (Pul) and Shalmaneser V. and brought under tribute in the reign of  Pekah, in approximately 740 BC , and a twenty year series of deportations from the land began.

 

2 Kings 15:29   In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abelbethmaachah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria.

 The later Assyrian rulers Sargon II and his son and successor, Sennacherib, were responsible for completing the twenty-year series of deportations of Israel’s northern ten-tribe kingdom and the final deportations of Israel after a three year siege of Samaria at the revolt of Hoshea (2 Kings 17:4).   

Hoshea becomes king over Israel.  This wicked king was engaged in secret idolatry and very many elders and leaders do the same today; not being what they appear to be, but being wolves creeping in to teach the people to sin.  Jesus and the apostles warned us that this would be the situation in these latter days:  Why do we not believe the scriptures?

2 Kings 17:1 In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years. 17:2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, but not as the kings of Israel that were before him.

Israel then became the servant of Assyria paying tribute to Assyria.

17:3 Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gave him presents.

Then Hoshea of Israel sought to make a league with Egypt to rebel against Assyria.

17:4 And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea: for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and brought no present to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year:

Assyria then defeats Israel after a three year siege of Samaria; and deports many from Israel.

therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison. 17:5 Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years.

In 722 BC, nearly twenty years after the initial deportations, the ruling city of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, Samaria, was finally taken by Sargon II after a three-year siege started by Shalmaneser V.

17:6 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

Why?  Because Jesus Christ, who had brought them out of Egypt and bondage to sin; finally ran out of patience with their continual idolatry. 

Even so modern spiritual Israel is at the very door of being vomited out of the body of Jesus Christ (Rev 3:16), into great tribulation for the very same sins of idolatry; idolizing men, traditions and organizations above the Word of God.

Yes we fear the gods which we have ordained of men, more than we fear the Almighty!

17:7 For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods, 17:8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made.

Today the Ekklesia presents an outward form [appearance] of godliness, while behind that appearance they reject any zeal to ;live by every Word of God.

17:9 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

17:10 And they set them up images [idols] and groves [fertility symbols; worshipping increase as our idol] in every high hill, and under every green tree: 17:11 And there they burnt incense [worshipped] in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger:

All of the above are forms of idol worship, as today’s Ekklesia also worships and obey their idols of men above any zeal to live by every Word of God. 

Today the brethren worship idols of men, tradition and organizations, exalting them above any zeal for keeping the whole Word of God; and our leaders worship the god of pride, their own ways, increase, the gods of numbers and money; above any zeal for the Word of God.  As they twist the Word of God this way and that for their own purposes.

17:12 For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.

As God has sent his servants to warn physical Israel, so he is warning the church of God today.  The days of the Church of God organizations are numbered and about to end.

17:13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.  17:14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God.

We have rejected any zeal for the Word of Almighty God, to do what is right in our own eyes as ancient Israel did.  We have made to ourselves golden calves and idols of men and false traditions to turn away for any zeal for the Word of our Mighty One.

17:15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them. 17:16 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.

Today’s church of God groups have burned our sons and our daughters in the spiritual fire of wickedness and departing from the whole Word of God into the ways of sin that result in destruction and death.  We exalt our idols of men and their deceitful words, above the Mighty God of Eternity and above keeping God’s Word with righteous zeal; and we teach our children to do the same.  Turning both ourselves and our children to the wide road of destruction. 

17:17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

As God removed the wicked of Israel [and later Judah] from before his sight; he will also remove those who practice the same wickedness today; removing them from before him into great tribulation.

17:18 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.

Judah was also wicked but the Eternal was patient with them a little longer.

17:19 Also Judah kept not the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.

All the church of God wicked exalters of the idols of men, will be removed from before the Eternal and cast into the correction of Great Tribulation in the very near future.

17:20 And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.

Jeroboam 1 led the people into idolatry and most of the people were glad to follow this man contrary to the Word of God;  this is exactly the same situation in the Ekklesia today, as most of the brethren are glad to follow their idols of men contrary to the whole Word of God.

17:21 For he rent Israel from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Israel from following the LORD, and made them sin a great sin.

Jesus Christ is going to remove all the people who have turned away from any zeal to live by every Word of God; and have exalted their traditions and idols of men above Almighty God and God’s Word:  Out of his sight and into powerful correction (Rev 3:14-22).

17:22 For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam [idolatry and departure from the word of God] which he did; they departed not from them; 17:23 Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.

Then the Assyrian king brought in men from Mesopotamia to inhabit Samaria and Israel, who were then called Samaritans by the Jews.

17:24 And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof. 17:25 And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which slew some of them.

These men sent to the king of Assyria to learn of the God of the land.

17:26 Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria, saying, The nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land: therefore he hath sent lions among them, and, behold, they slay them, because they know not the manner of the God of the land.

Remember that Jeroboam 1 had set up the basest of men as priests in Israel and they had remained in control of the religion of Israel right up to and including the Assyrian captivity;.  The priests sent to Samaria by Assyria may well have been pagan priests of the idols of Jeroboam and not sons of Aaron priests of God, for they taught a mixed religion of God and paganism; just like the Ekklesia does today teaching a mixture of lip-service to God and idolatry.

17:27 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let them go and dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of the God of the land. 17:28 Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the LORD.

17:29 Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made, every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt. 17:30 And the men of Babylon made Succothbenoth, and the men of Cuth made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima, 17:31 And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burnt their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim.

It is not enough to fear God!  We must also zealously do what God’s Word says!

James 2:19  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.  2:2o But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

2 Kings 17:32 So they feared the LORD, and made unto themselves of the lowest of them priests of the high places, which sacrificed for them in the houses of the high places.

This describes the latter day church of God absolutely!  They pay lip-service to God while they do as they please, serving their idols of men. 

17:33 They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.

Do you fear your elder?  Fearing to tae a stand to obey God and not false teachings?  Then you sin!  For you have made an idol out of the man and exalted him above the Eternal to fear man and not God!  

I have spoken of the church of God, but this is true of all religions; to follow any person above the Word of God is wickedness and sin.

17:34 Unto this day [that this was written] they do after the former manners: they fear [obey] not the LORD, neither do they after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the LORD commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel; 17:35 With whom the LORD had made a covenant, and charged them, saying, Ye shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them:

17:36 But the LORD, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and a stretched out arm, him shall ye fear, and him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice. 17:37 And the statutes, and the ordinances, and the law, and the commandment, which he wrote for you, ye shall observe to do for evermore; and ye shall not fear other gods. 17:38 And the covenant that I have made with you ye shall not forget; neither shall ye fear other gods.

17:39 But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies. 17:40 Howbeit they did not hearken, but they did after their former manner.

The called out Ekklesia pays lip-service to God, but serves the idols of men, their own false traditions and organizations above the Word of God.

17:41 So these nations feared the LORD, and served their graven images, both their children, and their children’s children: as did their fathers, so do they unto this day.

At the time that Israel was removed from the land, there were those who did serve the Eternal and believing the warnings, these relatively few fled south into Judah.  They were then absorbed into Judah and remain in Judah to this day.

The Samaritans

Many Mesopotamians later called Samaritans mixed the religion of Judah with their own ways creating an impure religion.  Later the Romans destroyed the Mosaic Jews from Palestine, and in the eighth century Islam flooded the land.  At that time most Samaritans accepted Islam and only a tiny example of the Samaritan religion remains today.  Today the Palestinians are mainly the descendants of those Samaritans who adopted Islam from the eighth century. 

 

2 Kings 18

Hezekiah’s righteous reign over Judah. 

Hezekiah turns Judah back to the Eternal and Satan rises up to attack through the king of Assyria. 

This is an example for us, that if we return to the LORD with all our hearts, Satan will attack us; as pharaoh did in Egypt following Israel to destroy them, and as the Assyrians assayed to do to Judah here. 

It is very important for us to remember what God did to pharaoh and his army, and what God did to the Assyrians when they came against the righteous.  The Eternal will even deliver his faithful form the grave to everlasting life!

2 Kings 18:1 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. 18:2 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.

Hezekiah was righteous before God like David was.  He even removed the high places where Judah worshipped instead of going to the Temple, as we should remove the high places of our own imaginations and turn back to every Word of God. 

Hezekiah also destroyed their idols as we should turn from our idols of men.  Judah had even begun to worship the brazen serpent set up by Moses to represent Christ taking our sins upon himself, instead of worshipping and keeping the word of Christ which is the whole word of God inspired by Christ.

18:3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did. 18:4 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. [That thing of brass]

The writer gives Hoshea a momentous title; calling him the most godly physical king in the history of Judah.  Even more godly than Solomon or David.

18:5 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. 18:6 For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.

Hezekiah of JUDAH, stopped paying tribute to the Assyrians, and drove the Philistines out of Judah back into Gaza.

18:7 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. 18:8 He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

In the 4th year of Hezekiah, God brought Assyria up and besieged Samaria of ISRAEL for three years and took it, deporting Israel for their idolatry.

18:9 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. 18:10 And at the end of three years they took it: even in the sixth year of Hezekiah, that is in the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was taken.

This is a repeat history from 2 Kings 17

18:11 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:

As God removed Israel from the promised land in those days, so the church of God and all religions of today which  refuse to zealously live by every Word of God and make themselves idols of men,  will also be corrected in great tribulation and captivity.

18:12 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.

In the ninth year of Hezekiah of Judah,  Israel fell and was deported; and doubtless many faithful in Israel fled south to righteous Judah at the warnings of the prophets and the unfolding of events. 

Then in the 14th year of Hezekiah, Assyria returned and took all of Judah except for Jerusalem.  Showing that God will allow the righteous to suffer trials for their own good to help them to grow spiritually.

Because Hezekiah had also refused to pay tribute to Assyria, that nation came up against Judah also.

18:13 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.

Then in a weak moment Hezekiah gave the Assyrians all that Judah had.

18:14 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. 18:15 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. 18:16 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.

Then the king of Assyria sent his messengers to Hezekiah.

18:17 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.

18:18 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.

The Assyrian messenger mock both Egypt and Judah, and declared that  God would not save him.

18:19 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? 18:20 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? 18:21 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.

The Assyrians thought that the Eternal was just on of many gods

18:22 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 [No these high places were not of God and indeed God had commanded them to be destroyed], and hath said to Judah and Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem? 18:23 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.

18:24 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? 18:25 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.

Then Rabshakeh falsely claimed to be coming against Judah by the Word of God [to restore teh high places] and Hezekiah’s servants feared that the people would hear these words and fear.

18:26 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.

18:27 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?

18:28 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: 18:29 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand:

Then Rabshakeh reveals the truth that God had not sent him by telling the people not to trust in God 

18:30 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.

18:31 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:

The Assyrian’s say that they will take all that Judah has and then deport them to a far country.

18:32 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.

The Assyrians then compared the Eternal to the false gods and idols of  men.

18:33 Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? 18:34 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? 18:35 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? 18:36 But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king’s commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

Then the servants of Hezekiah reported to him all the words of the Assyrians.

18:37 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.

 

2 Kings 19

God’s response to Assyria, and God’s deliverance for his faithful.

When Hezekiah heard the demands of the Assyrians he was moved to anguish and inquired of the Eternal.  This is exactly what we should be doing when we learn of our sins and the coming correction from the Eternal.

2 Kings 19:1 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD. 19:2 And he sent Eliakim, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.

19:3 And they said unto him, Thus 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 forth. 19:4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God; and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that are left.

19:5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.

Even so, let today’  Ekklesia repent and turn with righteous zeal and passionate enthusiasm to live by every Word of God and turn from our idols of men; following the example of Hezekiah the righteous king; that we may also be delivered from the enemy of God. 

If we sincerely turn and repent of our idolatry to embrace the whole Word of God with passionate love and zeal, surely the enemy will turn to rend us in the hope that we will be discouraged and give up.  Then if we RUN to our Deliverer; HE shall lift us up on that day! 

Sentence is passed on the king of Assyria by the word of God.

19:6 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. 19:7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.

19:8 So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish. 19:9 And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out to fight against thee:

The king of Assyria hears that Ethiopia is readying to fight against him and goes home, sending a message against God to Hezekiah.

he sent messengers again unto Hezekiah, saying, 19:10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria. 19:11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shalt thou be delivered?

19:12 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? 19:13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?

The king of Assyria calls the Eternal just another idol and false god; and Hezekiah runs to the Eternal with the letter and places his hope in the God of Creation! 

Good for you Hezekiah! May all those who are afflicted by the enemies of God for their faithfulness and zeal, also run to the Eternal the Mighty Refuge of his faithful!

19:14 And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.

Hezekiah prays the prayer for deliverance that we should all pray as we face our trials in life.

It is to the great shame of many, that they try to save themselves by turning away from their zeal for God and his Word: instead of trusting in our Mighty One who is Wonderful and Awesome to Save.  Truly today’s church of God has become a faithless and foolish people!

19:15 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and 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. 19:16 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.

19:17 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands, 19:18 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.

19:19 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.

At the conclusion of his prayer Hezekiah explains one of the various purposes of our trials.  Then comes God’s answer to his faithful king of Judah by Isaiah God’s servant.

19:20 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.

This is God’s answer to all those who afflict his faithful; whether they be enemies outside, or inside the assemblies.  God will care for his zealously faithful!  God will correct those who follow their idols of men contrary to the Word of God!

When the various COG Groups persecute and drive out the passionately faithful; the faithful shall be delivered by the Eternal, while the persecutors will fall into great correction. 

Jesus warned his faithful that the zealous for him would be persecuted and driven out of the synagogues [congregations] 

John 16:1   These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues [congregations]: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.

The faithful have nothing to fear from men; their safety is the Eternal their refuge.

2 Kings 19:21 This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin the daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee. 19:22 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.

By persecuting the passionately faithful to God and his Word, today’s wicked elders and leaders are reproaching the Eternal!  Therefore they shall be corrected not only for their own lack of zeal, but for persecuting those who are faithful! 

Matthew 23:13 speaks of the Laodicean church of God and the leaders and elders who have apostated themselves to follow idols of men and will not follow the Eternal.

Matthew 23:13  But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

The message of God to Assyria is a prophecy of that time and also a spiritual allegory of God saving his faithful of any age.

2 Kings 19:23 By thy messengers thou hast reproached the LORD,

The thoughts of the enemy of God and the enemies of spiritual Israel who have infiltrated the Ekklesia today, are to exalt themselves and their own ways against the whole Word of God.

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. 19:24 I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places.

God says, Assyria you have come against a weak and small people and God went before you; which has increased your pride.  But when you exalt yourself against the Eternal you shall be brought down. 

Even so, when those who claim to be converted begin to exalt their own ways against the Word of God, they shall also be corrected.

19:25 Hast thou not heard 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. 19:26 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.

19:27 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me. 19:28 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 by which thou camest.

19:29 And this shall be a sign unto thee Ye shall eat this year such 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. 19:30 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward. 19:31 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.

19:32 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. 19:33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.

19:34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.

Then Jesus Christ killed 185,000 Assyrians in that one night.

19:35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD 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.

19:36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. 19:37 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.

 

2 Kings 20

Hezekiah appeals to God because of his sickness.

2 Kings 20:1 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. 20:2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying, 20:3 I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

God immediately responded positively to the prayer of Hezekiah for his faithfulness.  This is the answer to the unanswered prayers of so many COG Groups and brethren.  Our prayers are only heard if we are zealous to live by every Word of God to learn it and to keep it.  It is because we are zealous for our idols of men, human traditions and organizations and are NOT zealous to keep the Word of God that our prayers are not answered or even heard by God.

1 John 3:22   And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

2 Kings 20:4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 20:5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD. 20:6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.

Isaiah then instructed Hezekiah in what to do; this was not an instant healing, but a healing as the result of an act of obedience concerning the figs, just as Naaman was healed after he performed an act of obedience.

20:7 And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

Hezekiah then asks for an increase in faith through a sign from God.

20:8 And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day? 20:9 And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees? 20:10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down [forward] ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.

The sun’s shadow went backwards ten degrees.

20:11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.

The king of Babylon then sent representatives, gifts and letters to Hezekiah, and Isaiah used this to prophecy that in future Judah would go unto Babylon in captivity.

20:12 At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.

Hezekiah showed that all that he had.

20:13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

Isaiah asked Hezekiah what he had shown these men from Babylon.

20:14 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon. 20:15 And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.

A terrible prophecy is pronounced against Judah which would have a first fulfillment and then a latter day fulfillment by the feet [the rising European Babylon the Great] of the statue of Babylon in Daniel 2.

20:16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD. 20:17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD. 20:18 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

Hezekiah must have had enough insight so that he could not account for the godliness or sins  of his descendants and was pleased with his own reward.

20:19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days? 20:20 And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 20:21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.

 

2 Kings 21

Then evil Manasseh succeeded Hezekiah as king of Judah. Manasseh reigned for 55 years showing the length of leadership is not a sign of the righteousness of the leader.

2 Kings 21:1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hephzibah. 21:2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. 21:3 For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven [Astrology], and served them.

Manasseh went so far as to build pagan altars and set them up inside the Temple of God; even as we in the COG Groups do today; setting up our idols of men and tradition inside the congregations [The spiritual Temple] of God.

21:4 And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD said, In Jerusalem will I put my name. 21:5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.

Manasseh cast his firstborn son into the fire alive in sacrifice, as was the custom of the pagans.  He also consulted with demons. 

Today the Ekklesia also follow the doctrines of demons by rejecting any zeal for the Word of God to follow idols of men,  and pass their children into the fire by teaching them to do likewise.

21:6 And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

Manasseh set up his idols in the Temple built by Solomon, and brought Judah to the eve of destruction.

21:7 And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of which the LORD said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever: 21:8 Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them. 21:9 But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the children of Israel.

Then God pronounced sentence on Judah for their idolatry and wickedness.  Such sentence has been pronounced on the church of God today, for doing all these same sins in the spiritual sense (Rev 3:16).

21:10 And the LORD spake by his servants the prophets, saying, 21:11 Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols: 21:12 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle.

The correction which had been given to Israel also fall on Jerusalem and Judah; and it shall also fall on the apostates of physical and spiritual Israel and Judah in this end time.

21:13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down. 21:14 And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies; 21:15 Because they have done that which was evil in my sight, and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came forth out of Egypt, even unto this day.

Manasseh also persecuted the righteous and slew the innocent who resisted his evil deeds, just as today’s COG leaders persecute the faithful and zealous to live by every Word of God.

21:16 Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.

21:17 Now 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 chronicles of the kings of Judah? 21:18 And Manasseh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own house, in the garden of Uzza: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.

Amon son of Manasseh king of Judah was evil like his father, and this evil continued in Judah.

21:19 Amon was twenty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah. 21:20 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as his father Manasseh did. 21:21 And he walked in all the way that his father walked in, and served the idols that his father served, and worshipped them: 21:22 And he forsook the LORD God of his fathers, and walked not in the way of the LORD.

Amon was killed by conspirators who were then killed by the people.

21:23 And the servants of Amon conspired against him, and slew the king in his own house.21:24 And the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his stead.

21:25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 21:26 And he was buried in his sepulchre in the garden of Uzza: and Josiah his son reigned in his stead.

 

2 Kings 22

Josiah became a good king in Judah.

2 Kings 22:1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath. 22:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.

Josiah commanded that the Temple be cleansed and repaired; just as God is commanding that his spiritual Temple be cleansed and repaired and made ready for the resurrection to spirit, to stand before God the Father as the bride of the Lamb.

22:3 And it came to pass in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, that the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the house of the LORD, saying, 22:4 Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may sum the silver which is brought into the house of the LORD, which the keepers of the door have gathered of the people: 22:5 And let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD: and let them give it to the doers of the work which is in the house of the LORD, to repair the breaches of the house, 22:6 Unto carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the house. 22:7 Howbeit there was no reckoning made with them of the money that was delivered into their hand, because they dealt faithfully.

They then rediscovered the Word of the law of God which had laid for so many years in disuse; and a great repentance came as they read the Word of God. 

22:8 And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. 22:9 And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD. 22:10 And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.

Then the king was greatly convicted to learn and to keep the whole Word of God and he had the people taught and a great revival of godliness swept across Judah.

Today the church of God groups need to rediscover the law and word of God, to zealously keep it, and to bring a great revival of passionate love and enthusiasm for the whole Word of God to the Ekklesia; so that God can add to a righteous Ekklesia those that he has called.

22:11 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes. 22:12 And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king’s, saying, 22:13 Go ye, enquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us.

They sent for the prophetess Hulda who confirmed the Word of God concerning the end of the wicked of physical and spiritual Judah; and the mercy of God for all those who are passionately faithful to God.

22:14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her.

This is a prophecy about Judah, and also about spiritual Judah the spiritual called out of the New Covenant today.

22:15 And she said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me, 22:16 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read: 22:17 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto 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.

The zealously, passionately faithful to learn and live by every Word of God with wholehearted enthusiasm shall be given refuge and shall not see the evil to come upon the wicked.

22:18 But to the king of Judah which sent you to enquire of the LORD, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard; 22:19 Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the LORD.

22:20 Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again.

 

2 Kings 23

The analogy is clear; a righteous king destroys evil and builds the godly.  A righteous leader and elder destroys the evil, rebuking sin; and builds up the godly.

2 Kings 23:1 And the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem. 23:2 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 of the LORD.

The Covenant is renewed; and soon very many of the spiritually called out will sincerely repent and renew their spiritual New Covenant of zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God in the letter and in the spirit.

23:3 And the king stood by a pillar, and 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.

Then the king cleansed the temple of baal and the idols of Judah.  Jesus also cast out the sinners from the temple, and he will cast out the unrepentant idolaters from the church of God into great tribulation.

23:4 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.

Christ  will destroy all the unrepentant evildoers in great tribulation along with their idols of men.

23:5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of 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.

23:6 And he brought out the grove [obelisk of baal] 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 [who had worshipped baal].

23:7 And he brake down the houses of the sodomites [male and female prostitutes], that were by the house of the LORD [temple prostitutes; where they earned finances for the priests of baal], where the women wove hangings [iconic [idol] tapestries] for the grove [obelisk; obelesks are phallic fertility symbols of baal.] 

The repentant apostate priests were judged unclean to serve in the temple but were accepted back into the covenant congregation.  This is a lesson that the New Covenant  ministry which goes astray will be accepted if they sincerely repent, but will still lose the birthright of their original calling as the pillars in the Kingdom.

23:8 And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba, 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. 23:9 Nevertheless the priests of the high places came not up to the altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren.

In the valley of Hinnom is Ghenna where the wicked burned their children in sacrifice to false gods; and it is in Hinnom that the Eternal will burn up all of the unrepentant wicked in a lake of fire. 

23:10 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.

Horses and chariots had been given to the priests of the sun god; which is baal; who is merely a representation of Satan.

23:11 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 Nathanmelech the chamberlain, which was in the suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire.

The pagan altars were beaten to dust and cast away, as Moses beat the golden calves of Aaron to dust and cast them away.  Even so shall all the false religions be destroyed by Christ at his coming.

23:12 And the altars that were on the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the 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. 23:13 And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption [Today called the Mount of Evil Counsel], 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. 23:14 And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men.

Josiah king of Judah also destroyed the high places of Jeroboam in Israel after Israel had been deported.

23:15 Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, 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.

Then Josiah burned the bones of the wicked on the pagan altar of Jeroboam, polluting it according to the word of the LORD.   The prophet of God calling Josiah by name to do this, hundreds of years in advance.

1 Kings 13   And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the Lord unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. And he cried against the altar in the word of the Lord, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the Lord; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men’s bones shall be burnt upon thee.

2 Kings 23:16 And as Josiah turned himself, he 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 Josiah saw other bones and asked about them.  The people told Josiah that they were the bones of the true prophets of God, and Josiah left them undisturbed.

23:17 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 Bethel. 23:18 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.

So Josiah cleansed the land of Judah and the land of Israel from the wickedness and idolatry, and led a great revival of the true religion of the Eternal. 

Jesus Christ will do this same thing when he comes, and will destroy all the paganisms and idols and the unrepentant priests of wickedness; and turn all flesh to worship the Father in truth.  

23:19 And all the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the Lord to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Bethel. 23:20 And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the [their own pagan altars] altars, and burned men’s bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem.

Then came a Passover of sincere repentance and dedication to God, held to rededicate the covenant with God Almighty.

23:21 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 covenant. 23:22 Surely there 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; 23:23 But in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, wherein this passover was holden to the LORD in Jerusalem.

Josiah the righteous, destroyed all the idols and wickedness out of the land and restored the true religion of the Creator.  Jesus Christ will do this same thing when he comes to establish they millennial kingdom of God.  May God speed that day!

23:24 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 LORD.

The following statement referring to physical Josiah; spiritually refers to Jesus Christ who as King of kings will do all these things and more throughout the entire earth!   There was never such a King as Messiah [Jesus Christ] and there shall never be another like him.

23:25 And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the LORD 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.

The Eternal remained committed to his word by the prophets that he would give Judah into the hand of Babylon.  For God knew that when Josiah died the people would return to their wickedness.  As it is in today’s Ekklesia people like sheep, just seem to want to follow a man.  As Jesus cast the wicked out of the temple in Jerusalem because of the sins of the people; he will surely cast off the sinful in his spiritual temple! for he has already told us he would (Rev 3:16).

23:26 Notwithstanding the LORD turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal. 23:27 And the LORD said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have 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.

23:28 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?

Then Josiah died by pharaoh at Megiddo.  This reveals that even the righteous must die,but that the Eternal will raise his faithful from the grave in His time. 

23:29 In his days Pharaohnechoh 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 him.

Jehoahaz becomes king in Judah and reverts to wickedness.

23:30 And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own sepulchre. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father’s stead. 23:31 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. 23:32 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done.

Pharaoh Necho placed Jehoahaz in prison and placed Eliakim his brother on the throne of Judah.  Pharaoh then changed the name of Eliakim to the reignal name of Jehoiakim,

23:33 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. 23:34 And Pharaohnechoh made Eliakim the son of Josiah king in the room of Josiah his father, and turned his name to Jehoiakim, and took Jehoahaz away: and he [Jehoahaz] came to Egypt, and died there.

Pharaoh put Jehoiakim [Eliakim]  and Judah to tribute.

23:35 And Jehoiakim gave the silver and the gold to Pharaoh; but he taxed the land to give the money according to the commandment of Pharaoh: he exacted the silver and the gold of the people of the land, of every one according to his taxation, to give it unto Pharaohnechoh. 23:36 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Zebudah, the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah.

Jehoiakim [Eliakim] reverted to wickedness.

23:37 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done.

 

2 Kings 24

At that time Babylon and Egypt were rivals for control of the Middle East and Jehoiakim [Eliakim] a vassal of Egypt, was taken by Nebuchadnezzar and after three years [probably by Egyptian influence] rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and God uses Babylon to correct Judah.  This same Babylonian system now moved to Europe will be used to correct their descendants along with physical and spiritual Israel in this latter day Time of Jacob’s trouble.

2 Kings 24:1 In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three years: then he turned and rebelled against him.

Judah is softened up by battles with surrounding nations.

24:2 And the LORD sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servants the prophets. 24:3 Surely at the commandment of the LORD came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did;

The Eternal will not pardon the spiritual leading astray of the innocent by the religious leader in the church of God today.  He will surely cast them into great tribulation.

24:4 And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon.

24:5 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 24:6 So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers: and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead.

Nebuchadnezzar took all the land that Egypt ruled over, so that Egypt could not help Judah.

24:7 And the king of Egypt came not again any more out of his land: for the king of Babylon had taken from the river of Egypt unto the river Euphrates all that pertained to the king of Egypt.

24:8 Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. And his mother’s name was Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem. 24:9 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father had done.

Jerusalem is besieged and Nebuchadnezzar took the city and removed all of value to Babylon.

24:10 At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged. 24:11 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city, and his servants did besiege it. 24:12 And Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, he, and his mother, and his servants, and his princes, and his officers: and the king of Babylon took him in the eighth year of his [Nebuchadnezzar’s]  reign. 24:13 And he carried out thence all the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of the LORD, as the LORD had said.

Nebuchadnezzar deported to Babylon all the artisans and leading people of Judah, and left the herdsmen and farmers to keep the land from decay.

24:14 And he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valour, even ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths: none remained, save the poorest sort of the people of the land. 24:15 And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon, and the king’s mother, and the king’s wives, and his officers, and the mighty of the land, those carried he into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon.

Nebuchadnezzar also took the military elite to Babylon as his prisoners.

24:16 And all the men of might, even seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a thousand, all that were strong and apt for war, even them the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.

24:17 And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah his father’s [Jehoiachin’s uncle] brother king in his stead, and changed his name to Zedekiah.

Wicked Zedekiah was made king of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar as the vassal of Babylon.

24:18 Zedekiah was twenty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 24:19 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

Zedekiah continually rebelled against God and learned nothing from Nebuchadnezzar’s first taking of the city; until God brought Babylon again to remove him.

24:20 For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, until he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

 

2 Kings 25

The king of Babylon besieges Jerusalem again 

2 Kings 25:1 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about. 25:2 And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.

In the ninth day of the fourth month [about July] of the eleventh year of the king of Judah, the king and the city’s defenders fled the city.

25:3 And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land. 25:4 And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by the king’s garden: (now the Chaldees were against the city round about:) and the king went the way toward the plain.

Zedekiah and his sons were taken.

25:5 And the army of the Chaldees pursued after the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho: and all his army were scattered from him. 25:6 So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him. 25:7 And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon.

Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, worshipped God in the Temple, and destroyed all the homes of the rich and powerful in Jerusalem also tearing down the walls of the city..

25:8 And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem: 25:9 And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man’s house burnt he with fire. 25:10 And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about.

Then were most of the people of Jerusalem were deported to Babylon, while the farmers and husbandmen were left to till the land.

25:11 Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carry away. 25:12 But the captain of the guard left of the door of the poor of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen.

25:13 And the [two] pillars of brass that were in the house of the LORD, and the bases, and the brasen sea that was in the house of the LORD, did the Chaldees break in pieces, and carried the brass of them to Babylon. 25:14 And the pots, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they away. 25:15 And the firepans, and the bowls, and such things as were of gold, in gold, and of silver, in silver, the captain of the guard took away.

25:16 The two pillars, one sea [basin for water], and the bases which Solomon had made for the house of the LORD; the brass of all these vessels was without weight. 25:17 The height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits, and the chapiter upon it was brass: and the height of the chapiter three cubits; and the wreathen work, and pomegranates upon the chapiter round about, all of brass: and like unto these had the second pillar with wreathen work.

The remaining men of the king’s government were taken from the city and killed.

25:18 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door: 25:19 And out of the city he took an officer that was set over the men of war, and five men of them that were in the king’s presence, which were found in the city, and the principal scribe of the host, which mustered the people of the land, and threescore men of the people of the land that were found in the city: 25:20 And Nebuzaradan captain of the guard took these, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah: 25:21 And the king of Babylon smote them, and slew them at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away out of their land.

Gedaliah was made ruler of Judah.

25:22 And as for the people that remained in the land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, even over them he made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, [the friend of Jeremiah Jer 26:24] the son of Shaphan, ruler.

The people came to Gedaliah and he encouraged them to serve the king of Babylon.

25:23 And when all the captains of the armies, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah governor, there came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan the son of Careah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of a Maachathite, they and their men. 25:24 And Gedaliah sware to them, and to their men, and said unto them, Fear not to be the servants of the Chaldees: dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon; and it shall be well with you.

But Ishmael of the family of David killed Gedaliah and sought to take the kingdom

25:25 But it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, came, and ten men with him, and smote Gedaliah, that he died, and the Jews and the Chaldees that were with him at Mizpah.

Then they fled to Egypt for fear of retribution from Babylon.  Details of this are in Jeremiah beginning about Chapter 40.

25:26 And all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the armies, arose, and came to Egypt: for they were afraid of the Chaldees.

The narrative then turns to Babylon when a new king rehabilitates Jehoiachin king of Judah.

25:27 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach king of Babylon in the year that he began to reign did lift up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah out of prison; 25:28 And he spake kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon; 25:29 And changed his prison garments: and he did eat bread continually before him all the days of his life. 25:30 And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life

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