1 And it came to be in the third year of Hoshĕa son of Ĕlah, sovereign of Yisra’ĕl, that Ḥizqiyah son of Aḥaz, sovereign of Yahuḏah, began to reign.
2 He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Yerushalayim. And his mother’s name was Aḇi, daughter of Zeḵaryah.
3 And he did what was right in the eyes of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, according to all that his father Dawiḏ did.
4 He took away the high places and broke the pillars, and cut down the Ashĕrah, and broke in pieces the bronze serpent which Mosheh had made, for until those days the children of Yisra’ĕl burned incense to it, and called it Neḥushtan.
5 He put his trust in 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, and after him was none like him among all the sovereigns of Yahuḏah, nor who were before him,
6 and he clung to 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄. He did not turn away from following Him, but guarded His Commands, which 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 had commanded Mosheh.
7 And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 was with him – wherever he went he acted wisely. And he rebelled against the sovereign of Ashshur and did not serve him.
8 He smote the Pelishtites, as far as Azzah and its borders – from watchtower to walled city.
9 And it came to be in the fourth year of Sovereign Ḥizqiyahu, which was the seventh year of Hoshĕa son of Ĕlah, sovereign of Yisra’ĕl, that Shalmaneser sovereign of Ashshur came up against Shomeron and besieged it,
10 and they captured it at the end of three years. In the sixth year of Ḥizqiyah, that is the ninth year of Hoshĕa sovereign of Yisra’ĕl, Shomeron was captured.
11 And the sovereign of Ashshur exiled Yisra’ĕl to Ashshur, and placed them in Ḥalaḥ and Ḥaḇor, the River of Gozan, and in the cities of the Maḏites,
12 because they did not obey the voice of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 their Elohim, but transgressed His Covenant – all that Mosheh the servant of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 had commanded. And they did not obey nor do them.
13 And in the fourteenth year of Sovereign Ḥizqiyahu, Sanḥĕirḇ sovereign of Ashshur came up against all the walled cities of Yahuḏah and captured them.
14 And Ḥizqiyah sovereign of Yahuḏah sent to the sovereign of Ashshur at Laḵish, saying, “I have sinned, turn away from me. I shall bear whatever you impose on me.” And the sovereign of Ashshur imposed upon Ḥizqiyah, the sovereign of Yahuḏah, three hundred kiḵars of silver and thirty kiḵars of gold.
15 And Ḥizqiyah gave him all the silver that was found in the House of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 and in the treasuries of the sovereign’s house.
16 At that time Ḥizqiyah cut off the doors of the Hĕyḵal of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, and the doorposts which Ḥizqiyah sovereign of Yahuḏah had overlaid, and gave it to the sovereign of Ashshur.
17 And the sovereign of Ashshur sent the Tartan, and the Raḇsaris, and the Raḇshaqĕh from Laḵish, with a great army against Yerushalayim, to Sovereign Ḥizqiyahu. And they went up and came to Yerushalayim. And when they had come up, they came and stood by the channel of the upper pool, which was on the highway to the Launderer’s Field.
18 And they called to the sovereign. And Elyaqim son of Ḥizqiyahu, who was over the household, and Sheḇnah the scribe, and Yo’aḥ son of Asaph, the recorder, came out to them.
19 And the Raḇshaqĕh said to them, “Please say to Ḥizqiyahu, ‘Thus said the great sovereign, the sovereign of Ashshur, “What is this trust in which you have trusted?
20 “You have spoken of having counsel and strength for battle, but they are only words of the lips! And in whom do you trust, that you rebel against me?
21 “Now look! You have put your trust in the staff of this crushed reed, Mitsrayim, on which if a man leans, it shall go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh sovereign of Mitsrayim to all who trust in him.
22 “But when you say to me, ‘We trust in 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 our Elohim,’ is it not He whose high places and whose altars Ḥizqiyahu has taken away, and said to Yahuḏah and Yerushalayim, ‘Bow yourselves before this altar in Yerushalayim’?” ’
23 “And now, I urge you, give a pledge to my master the sovereign of Ashshur, then I give you two thousand horses, if you are able to put riders on them!
24 “And how do you turn back the face of one commander of the least of my master’s servants, and trust in Mitsrayim for chariots and horsemen?
25 “Have I now come up without 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 against this place to destroy it? 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 said to me, ‘Go up against this land, and you shall destroy it.’ ”
26 Then said Elyaqim son of Ḥilqiyahu, and Sheḇnah, and Yo’aḥ to the Raḇshaqĕh, “Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, for we understand it. And do not speak to us in the language of Yahuḏah, in the ears of the people on the wall.”
27 And the Raḇshaqĕh said to them, “Has my master sent me to your master and to you to speak these words, and not to the men sitting on the wall to eat their own dung and drink their own urine, with you?”
28 And the Raḇshaqĕh stood and called out with a loud voice in the language of Yahuḏah, and spoke and said, “Hear the word of the great sovereign, the sovereign of Ashshur!
29 “Thus said the sovereign, ‘Do not let Ḥizqiyahu deceive you, for he is unable to deliver you out of his hand,
30 and do not let Ḥizqiyahu make you trust in 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, saying, “𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 shall certainly deliver us, and this city is not given into the hand of the sovereign of Ashshur.” ’
31 “Do not listen to Ḥizqiyahu, for thus said the sovereign of Ashshur, ‘Make peace with me by a present and come out to me, and let each of you eat from his own vine and each from his own fig tree, and each of you drink the waters of his own cistern,
32 until I come. Then I shall take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and honey, and live, and not die. But do not listen to Ḥizqiyahu, when he misleads you, saying, “𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 shall deliver us.”
33 ‘Has any of the mighty ones of the nations at all delivered its land from the hand of the sovereign of Ashshur?
34 ‘Where are the mighty ones of Ḥamath and Arpaḏ? Where are the mighty ones of Sepharwayim and Hĕna and Iwwah? Did they deliver Shomeron from my hand?
35 ‘Who among all the mighty ones of the lands have delivered their land out of my hand, that 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 should deliver Yerushalayim from my hand?’ ”
36 But the people were silent and did not answer him a word, for the command of the sovereign was, “Do not answer him.”
37 And Elyaqim son of Ḥilqiyah, who was over the household, and Sheḇnah the scribe, and Yo’aḥ son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Ḥizqiyahu with their garments torn, and they reported to him the words of the Raḇshaqĕh.